Tropical Storm Cindy preparations and closures

Tropical Storm Cindy preparations and closures

UPDATE: Due to the minimal effect of Tropical Storm Cindy, the City of Beaumont will resume normal operations Thursday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has announced that the driver license offices in Orange County and Jefferson County reopened on Thursday, June 22 at 10 a.m. 

Lamar University will resume its regular schedule on Thursday, June 22. Classes will resume their regular schedule and faculty and staff should report to campus.

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The City of Beaumont has not called for any evacuations, Beaumont Fire and Rescue Capt. Brad Penisson said in a release.

The city asks that you monitor your local news.

"If you are in an area that is prone to flooding, please have a plan. We realize all the media coverage has everyone nervous about Tropical Storm Cindy," Penisson said in the release.

"We are monitoring the weather and have plans in place for possible high winds or flooding. Please register with STAN for alerts. If you are in Beaumont, the easiest way to register for Emergency Alerts is to call 311."

Tropical Storm Cindy has the potential to produce wind gusts of 40 to 60 mph, which could cause scattered power outages, fallen trees and minor property damage.

Closures: 

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials are closely monitoring the weather conditions, including wind speeds. If sustained wind speeds reach 44 mph or create hazardous driving conditions, DPS will close the Rainbow and Veterans Bridges.

Big Thicket National Preserve Superintendent Wayne Prokopetz announced June 20 in a release that the preserve will suspend the issuing of all back-country camping permits and other special use permits in the preserve until further notice in preparation for the storm.

"Visitors and local residence are encouraged to exercise extreme caution while exploring the preserve over the next few days," Prokopetz said.

"High winds may blow down trees and block trails with forest debris. Visitors should anticipate that creeks, rivers and intermittent drainages throughout the region will likely swell with water runoff from this significant storm system. Do not enter swollen water-ways or cross flooded roads."

Lamar University and Lamar Institute of Technology will be closed on Wednesday, June 21 in anticipation of the landfall of Tropical Storm Cindy. All classes are cancelled and employees (other than essential personnel) are not to report to work. Updates to the campus status will be made available as conditions change.

Stark Cultural Venues announced that they are closing all locations to the public at noon on Wednesday, June 21, including the Stark Museum of Art, The W.H. Stark House & Carriage House, Shangri La Gardens, and the Lutcher Theater. All venues plan to reopen on Friday, June 23.

Shangri La Gardens Outpost Tours along Adams Bayou will be closed effective immediately and remain closed through Friday, June 23. An evaluation of the water levels to ensure public safety on the bayou will be made June 23, and the re-open date of the Outpost Tours will be as soon as possible.

The I-10 closures between SH 73 and FM 365 scheduled for tonight and tomorrow night have been cancelled due to Tropical Storm Cindy. The closures will be rescheduled for a later date.

Texas Department of Public Safety is temporarily closing the driver license offices in Jefferson County on June 21 at 2:00 p.m. The offices are located at 7200 Eastex Freeway in Beaumont and 900 4th Street in Port Arthur and the driver license office in Orange County at 12:00 p.m, located at 711 Highway 87 in Orange.

The Health and Human Services offices at 2222 Gloria Drive in Orange, at 4200 Jimmy Johnson Boulevard in Port Arthur, and at 350 Pine Street, 9th floor in Beaumont are closed June 21, due to Tropical Storm Cindy. 

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