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UPDATE: HEB, Kroger and Walmart on Dowlen Road were all open as of noon Thursday, Aug. 31.

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In accordance with H-E-B’s existing inclement weather protocol and limited accessibility to its stores, H-E-B stores in the Golden Triangle area will be closed Thursday, Aug. 31. In a press release, the grocer said it will aggressively work to re-open the stores as soon as possible and will update customers as soon as it can.

Stores closed today include Beaumont 5, Beaumont 6, Groves, Lumberton, Mid-County, Orange and Port Arthur

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Due to loss of water pressure caused by Tropical Storm Harvey, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the City of Beaumont water system to issue a boil water notice for the city until further notice.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

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CUTLINE: Evacuees seek shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center
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Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Coast, and has left Houston — the nation's fourth-largest city — grappling with unprecedented flooding. Do you need help? Or do you want to help those in need? Check out the resources below.

Rescue and evacuation

• Find an open shelter near you by texting SHELTER and your zip code to 4FEMA (43362). You can also use the FEMA mobile app.

• If you’re considering evacuating your home, the Houston Chronicle is compiling a map of flooded streets.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), along with local and county agencies, is urging citizens of Southeast Texas to stay off the roadways. Within the last 24-hour time period, Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties have received an enormous amount of rainfall, which has led to localized flooding along city streets, frontage roads and major highways, according to DPS Sgt. Stephanie Davis.

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A man who claimed his fiancée was struck by a car was arrested after police watched surveillance video they say depicted, not a hit-and-run accident but rather a violent and brutal attack perpetrated by the victim’s betrothed.

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On August 24, at about 4:00 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 62 on the Tulane Overpass in Orange County, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release.

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Rainfall totals for Jefferson County, for both the last three days and the last 12 hours from Danielle LeBlanc, spokesperson for Jefferson County Drainage District No. 6.

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A young man who lost control of his vehicle and then exited it while stopped on the interstate was killed when he was struck by another vehicle traveling eastbound on I-10 Aug. 26, reports the Beaumont Police Department (BPD).

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies and Sheriff Zena Stepens herself braved high waters Aug. 28 to assist with emergency evacuations and to check on local citizens flooded in due to the heavy rains of Tropical Storm Harvey, also warning people driving through inundated streets to be cautious of swift currents and ever-rising water. 

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Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick advises insured homeowners with flood damage to file their insurance claims immediately, before Sept. 1, due to legislation going into effect at the end of the week.

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