Harvey

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Driving down the interstate through Southeast Texas, travelers may not even realize that only two months ago Hurricane Harvey stopped here and stayed a while, dropping trillions of gallons of rain onto the region and inundating the area. In fact, the freeway itself is relatively clear of debris or other evidence of the massive destruction caused by the storm’s torrential downpour.

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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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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, the city said in a release.

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Debris litters Pinewood street | Photo: Eleanor Skelton
Photo: City of Beaumont

The City of Beaumont is beginning the second pass for Harvey debris removal in neighborhoods, the city said in a release Sept. 29. Nederland's first pass to collect debris from local businesses starting Sept. 29.

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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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There may not be a more risky time to buy a used car, Beaumont police warned on the department's Facebook page Sept. 25.

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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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Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army

Distributing food and water in three locations in the Golden Triangle, The Salvation Army served more than 1,800 families Tuesday, Sept. 5. This is in addition to the more than 5,000 meals served through its mobile kitchens working throughout the Golden Triangle.

With additional supplies scheduled to arrive Wednesday morning, a second day of distribution is scheduled for the afternoon. Starting at 1 p.m., The Salvation Army will provide boxes of food pre-packed to feed a family for several days, as well as cases of bottled water.

Distribution locations:

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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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UPDATE: HEB, Kroger and Walmart on Dowlen Road were all open as of noon Thursday, Aug. 31.

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In accordance with H-E-B’s existing inclement weather protocol and limited accessibility to its stores, H-E-B stores in the Golden Triangle area will be closed Thursday, Aug. 31. In a press release, the grocer said it will aggressively work to re-open the stores as soon as possible and will update customers as soon as it can.

Stores closed today include Beaumont 5, Beaumont 6, Groves, Lumberton, Mid-County, Orange and Port Arthur

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