A tanker truck travels on FM 2067 between Austin and Victoria in April 2018.

Damage from heavy trucks has battered local roads in and around the state's oil fields, and many counties want the state to help pay for repairs and maintenance. Will lawmakers take action?


W.C. Steinmann says his family roots in Texas date back to 1882.

The 74-year-old rancher lives in DeWitt County, between San Antonio and Victoria, an area surrounded by oil and natural gas fields. Steinmann and other local property owners say the oil and gas boom is destroying the rural road system.

Tax bill and Allison Getz

As the old adage says, two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Those who stared down the Grim Reaper and survived the effects of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath are now being hit with reality No. 2 – the dreaded tax bill.

Oct. 16, Allison Nathan Getz, Tax Assessor-Collector for Jefferson County, announced 2017’s Jefferson County tax bills are in the mail and headed to a P.O. Box near you.


Every home in Rose City except two sustained damage during the catastrophic flooding that Hurricane Harvey brought to Southeast Texas, and, while other cities begin the rebuilding process, the small town is still literally trying to pick up the pieces and sift through the rubble they once called home.

Mayor Bonnie Stephenson said her city and its residents are in dire need of assistance.

“The city was devastated,” Stephenson said, “but, we’re coming back. These people have lost everything, and they need help.”


Jefferson County is requiring development permits in unincorporated areas, those outside city limits, and the county is waiving permit fees for disaster-related renovations.

According to a Sept. 26 news release from the Jefferson County Environmental Control Department, development permits are required for all reconstruction/repairs performed due to Hurricane Harvey. This permit will allow them to check flood zones to ensure compliance with FEMA regulations.


As water levels recede, residents are returning to their homes to assess the damage from Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey and begin remediation on their homes. Jefferson County wants everyone in the unincorporated areas of to follow a few simple guidelines when setting out debris for pick-up.

DRC, the debris removal company for the rural areas of the county, would like you to place debris out for pick-up on the county right of way as close to the road as possible.

Materials need to separated as follows:


In a statement, Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Sarah Dupre warned motorists that I-10 would remained closed indefinitely subsequent to recent flooding until repairs have been made to the roadway.


At approximately 7:26 p.m., Monday, December 14, 2015, Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a reported structure fire at 8575


Shortly after 2 a.m., Wednesday, December 9, 2015, Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a structure fire at 1842 Washington Blvd.

Kerry Hampshire

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 11:39 p.m., an off-duty officer working security at Classic Chevrolet on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont heard loud banging inside the new construction area, according to a press release.