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On Sept. 16, at about 12:30 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to an auto-pedestrian crash on Highway 347, near Monroe Street, in Jefferson County, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release.

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Photo credit: City of Beaumont

The City of Beaumont is still diligently working with our software vendor to get on a new platform for online water utility payments since the data breach on August 29.

Unfortunately, while working out what needs to be done to upgrade the system, Beaumont was hit by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding. Once we were back in the office and ready to work with the vendor again, they were hit with Hurricane Irma. They have yet to make it back into their offices, but anticipate that they will be able to make it back this week.

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The City of Beaumont has been working diligently to pick up debris that has been put out for removal following Hurricane Harvey as quickly and safely as possible, city spokesperson Angela Wright said in a statement.

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On Sept. 17 at 6:00 a.m. Beaumont Police received a call in reference to a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lane of traffic in the 8300 block of Eastex Freeway, Sgt. Cody Guedry said in a release.

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Driver's License Offices

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A U.S. Air Force Reserve C-130H Hercules with the 910th Airlift Wing

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – The Air Force Reserve Command’s 910th Airlift Wing sprayed over one million acres since arriving in Texas Sept. 8 to start the mosquito control application in areas of eastern Texas assisting with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

The 910th operates the Department of Defense’s only large area, fixed-wing aerial spray capability to control pest insect populations, eliminate undesired, invasive vegetation and disperse oil spills in large bodies of water.

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UPDATE (9/18): The fatal crash that occurred on Sept. 17 on TX 12 in Orange County has claimed the life of a second person. The passenger on the Yamaha motorcycle, 24-year-old Chelsea Miller of Buna, died late Sunday night from injuries sustained in the two vehicle crash. Initially, Miller was flown to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries. This crash remains under investigation.

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Rumors rose almost faster than floodwaters during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Locals reshared social media posts claiming that flesh eating bacteria was lurking in floodwaters, animals lost during the storm were being euthanized at Ford Park, and FEMA was requiring that homeowners place signs on debris removed from flooded homes forbidding its removal until the debris was documented.

All untrue.

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CSI Aviation of Albuquerque, New Mexico, sent a Seeker Aircraft, Seeker SB7L-360, to Southeast Texas to capture imagery of flood-impacted areas following Hurricane Harvey for local agencies. The CSI team assisted Orange County by providing high-definition images showing potentially problematic developments in the community.

CSI Aviation Business Development Manager Chris Bieber was at the Orange County Airport and Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Sept. 12 while a two-man crew surveyed the surrounding landscape.

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Southeast Texas law enforcers are being called out to keep the peace as tempers flare and domestic disturbances erupt due to abnormal living arrangements and high emotions resulting from the storm’s disastrous flooding, and a higher than average number of area folks are being committed to mental health facilities, likely due to stressful conditions, according to officers.

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