Bevil Oaks

Flooded house in Bevil Oaks | Photo: Eleanor Skelton

Bevil Oaks residents may receive their first water bills since Hurricane Harvey just before Thanksgiving, the city said in a statement Nov. 15.

The city said many residents have been asking when they can expect their bills.

Due to Harvey's flooding, which damaged all but four out of 498 homes according to Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, Bevil Oaks citizens haven't received bills since Aug. 1 for July's usage. Harvey hit two days before the August billing was supposed to be finished, city officials said.

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FEMA announced Nov. 14 that the federal mobile disaster recovery center (DRC) in Bevil Oaks will be closing permanently on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

One DRC in Houston will be closing the same day.

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Bevil Oaks residents gathered once again at the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission in Beaumont on Sept. 28, waiting to see their City Council’s decision on construction requirements for rebuilding.

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Tammy Toups is desperate to find her missing horses.

An Army veteran suffering from PTSD is searching for her missing therapy horses that were rescued or stolen from her Bevil Oaks home during Hurricane Harvey’s torrential flooding.

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The city of Bevil Oaks opened its public meeting at the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont with a prayer that they would “conduct business in a sensible and manageable way” to be “fair to all in the community.”

The last meeting Sept. 19 had ended in citizens screaming at their officials and overrunning the three minutes allowed for individual comments.

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The meeting was held at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
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Tensions flared in the county courthouse during the Bevil Oaks City Council’s public meeting Sept. 19.

Residents interrupted the session with yelling and threats to sue the city if later they were unable to qualify for a FEMA buyout program not yet in place, despite repeated efforts by the city attorney Dru Montgomery to save public comments until the end of the session.

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One by one, they came before the Beaumont ISD Board of Managers time and time again to plead for reprieve, but residents of Bevil Oaks were ultimately rebuffed in their quest to secede from the district by a board vote cast Tuesday, May 16.

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There’s enough interest in the city of Bevil Oaks to garner the number of required signatures so their students would attend Hardin-Jefferson ISD schools rather than Beaumont ISD schools.

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NOAA

The National Weather Service is calling for a Flash Flood Watch for Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana until 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21. 

According to information from the weather service, at noon on Thursday radar had indicated up to three inches of rain had already fallen along Pine Island Bayou in Northwest Jefferson and Southwest Hardin counties with the activity moving slowly east across Beaumont. An additional one to three inches of rain is expected.

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