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The Vidor Police Department is warning residents about records flooding in the city and cautioning citizens to adhere to barricades placed to block traffic from flooded avenues. 

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 28, "We are having record flooding in our community. We need everyone to stay home and do not cross barricades. Most roads are flooded and passing vehicles are pushing water into residences. This event is catastrophic. We need to be respectful and safe by not driving on roadways. Most businesses are closed today."

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MLK at the Irving Street underpass (JCSO/Facebook.com)

Update 8/28:

Bevil Oaks and Northwest Forest are now under mandatory evacuation orders, according to County Judge Jeff Branick as of 11:15 a.m. on Monday, August 28. 

Lamar University classes scheduled for Wednesday, August 30 have been canceled.  This cancellation is in addition to those announced for Monday and Tuesday. The university hopes that classes can resume on Thursday, August 31. 

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The City of Beaumont maintains a system that allows customers to pay their water bills online using a credit/debit card. In the past few business days, a number of water customers have alerted the city to unauthorized charges on cards they used to pay their city water bills, the city's senior IT project manager Angela Wright said in a release on Aug. 24.

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The City of Beaumont is providing sandbags to city residents beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 24, until 7 p.m. this evening and again Friday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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Ajohntay Griffin

On August 17, around 6 p.m., Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies responded to a robbery in progress call at the Valero gas station on Twin City Highway at Spurlock Road, Capt. Crystal Holmes said in a release.

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Beto O’Rourke (Photo by Jennifer Johnson)

Guests packed the Jefferson Theatre in Beaumont on Thursday, Aug. 17, to hear from a man vying to take the Senate seat of current incumbent and former presidential hopeful Republican Ted Cruz. Running on the Democratic ticket, Beto O’Rourke is fighting as the underdog in a race that has Cruz favored to return to the nation’s capital.

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Brian Keith Williams

On August 22, at about 6:07 p.m., a Beaumont Police officer was checking the apartments located at 2575 Primrose Street in reference to complaints about drug dealing, Officer Haley Morrow said in a release.

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Brandy Trahan (left), Troy Vincent and Jan Chizer

During the latter part of the month of July, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies responded to numerous burglaries of residences in the north part of the county, Capt. Crystal Holmes said in a release. Residents came home to find that their houses had been broken into and various items including jewelry, money and firearms were stolen.

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The Beaumont Police Department advised Aug. 24 that 211 is not currently accepting evacuation registration due to the close proximity of the storm and the estimated time it is to make landfall. 

According to BPD, "Please do not call 211 to try and register for evacuation. The state will not accept registrations when a storm is less than 48 hours from potential landfall. At this time, we do not anticipate calling for a mandatory evacuation of our area. There are locations in Southeast Texas that are calling for a voluntary evacuation. We will continue to send out updates.

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A Port Arthur man arrested during a warrant search at a gaming site at 2680 Washington Blvd. in Beaumont was indicted Aug. 23 for possession of a controlled substance after police allegedly found a rubber ball containing “liquid weed” inside the man’s jacket.

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