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Billy Bob Brown has been farming in the Amarillo area for nearly half a century, and this is the longest dry spell he’s ever seen.

The region hasn’t received measurable rainfall in more than 100 days, according to the National Weather Service, and Brown is worried about the fate of his crops. He already can’t grow corn because it’s been so dry.

“I remember when I was growing up in the 50s and there was three years of drought,” said Brown, who is 78. “This is the worst I’ve seen since then.”

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Eligible Hurricane Harvey survivors receiving Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) may receive an extension to stay temporarily in hotels while they look for an alternative place to live. The new extension is through March 12, FEMA announced Jan. 12.

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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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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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The Vidor Police Department is warning residents about records flooding in the city and cautioning citizens to adhere to barricades placed to block traffic from flooded avenues. 

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 28, "We are having record flooding in our community. We need everyone to stay home and do not cross barricades. Most roads are flooded and passing vehicles are pushing water into residences. This event is catastrophic. We need to be respectful and safe by not driving on roadways. Most businesses are closed today."

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Some sections of road are under water on US 96 in Buna, TxDOT spokesperson Sarah Dupre said in a release.

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FM 363 at Big Cow Creek is closed due to water over the road, TxDOT Sarah Dupre reported on April 4 at 8:19 a.m.

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The Quicksand Creek Bridge on FM 2626 in Newton County opened Feb. 10 after being replaced due to damage from flooding in March 2016, TxDOT spokesperson Sarah Dupre said in a release.

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U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake

Coast Guard crews rescued about 200 people, assisted nearly 3,000 people in distress and rescued 26 pets as of Aug. 15 from flooded areas of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Aug. 16, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that a total of 20 parishes have been declared a major disaster by the federal government.

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