hurricane harvey

Photo courtesy of Shangri La Botanical Gardens

The Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will be reopening, after closing for more than a year due to Hurricane Harvey, Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Admission is free; however, due to the flooding from Harvey, the Outpost Tours will be under repair and therefore suspended until early 2019. 

The Shangri La Gardens consists of more than 250 acres in Orange that hosts the Hanging Garden, Pond of the Blue Moon, Sculpture Gardens and more.

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Whether you are a novice, rookie or idolized Tim “The Toolman” Taylor, what better time than to attend the Home Expo 2018 show in Beaumont on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22.

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The Jefferson County Commissioners Court approved about $148,000 in repairs for Ford Park Pavilion on Monday, March 26.

The repairs, needed due to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, consist of various construction and demolition projects including removing damaged ceiling tiles, reinstalling all existing plumbing fixtures and removing all moisture damaged doors, just to name a few.

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The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) reminds individuals whose employment or self-employment was impacted by Hurricane Harvey and who are receiving disaster unemployment benefits that their payments will end in February 2018.

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Little Cypress and Mauriceville Elementary Schools are both recipients of $135,000 grants from the Laura Bush Foundation to help restore the schools’ libraries that were decimated during Hurricane Harvey, LCM CISD announced Jan. 15.

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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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Mellie Bevilacqua presents a check of $45,000 to Scott Doss of Nehemia's Vision

The Foundation for Southeast Texas announced the recipients of the grants from its Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at a check presentation Friday, Dec. 8. Thirty local organizations received over $250,000 to support hurricane relief efforts in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties.

The grants ranged from $1,770 to $45,000. The foundation’s grants committee reviewed each application from 60 organizations and made recommendations to the board of directors for final approval, said Mellie Bevilacqua, executive director of the Foundation for Southeast Texas.

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flood levels marked by red line and discoloration of foliage in Day-Use Area

Harvey caused flooding throughout Texas that locals had never seen before, not only for neighborhoods and homes but also for the diverse wildlife that lives in the Big Thicket.

Deer drowned, snakes were displaced, and alligators came up in unexpected places, according to park staff.

But despite Harvey’s “unprecedented” flooding in late August, about 22 of the Big Thicket National Preserve’s 40 miles of trails were accessible by Sept. 18, National Park Service spokesperson Jason Ginder said in a release, only a few weeks after the hurricane.

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TEA to analyze funding

Hurricane Harvey’s destructive flooding on the Texas Coast has left property damage in excess of tens of billions of dollars, and with it, losses to state and local government programs that depend on property values to generate tax income. Among the entities expecting to see a significant decline in collections are the local school districts that traditionally claim a lion’s share of the Texas homeowner property tax payments.

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Hundreds of thousands of dollars, and about as many man-hours, have been gifted through Beaumont’s Cathedral Church to help rebuild the community after Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey devastated the region – a full-time job for many, even as congregation members and volunteers themselves struggled to recover from flooded homes and destroyed property. 

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