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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) authorized more than $27.7 million in flood mitigation assistance grants, including $4,108,561 for elevation projects in Bevil Oaks. That’s more money than was devoted to any other single project.

The city of Orange will receive $244,696 for acquisition projects, and Hardin County will get $2,721,501.96 for acquisition projects.

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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.”

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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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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:

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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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Market Basket announces that they are accepting non-perishable food, water and non-food necessities for Louisiana flood victims at all 34 stores in Texas and Louisiana.

The collection drive started Wednesday, Aug. 17 in all Market Basket stores and will continue through Saturday, Sept. 3, at which time donations collected will be shipped to relief agencies for immediate distribution.

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