hurricane harvey

Judge Terrence Holmes

Although most businesses in Southeast Texas were still shuttered Monday, Sept. 4, in the wake of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey, many still found useful outlets for their idle hands, putting them to work at volunteer sites scattered throughout the region. Serving their fellow Southeast Texans hit hard by Harvey’s floodwaters, men, women, and children answered the call to aid their neighbors in rescue and recovery, spending the Labor Day holiday on the job.

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From left, Renada Brown, Barbara Mazoch Nelson and Hank Brown

It was a photograph from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey seen by millions online. Major news sites across the country posted the image captured by Getty photographer Joe Raedle of a storm-weary woman standing on a street in Beaumont holding a sign that read “NO WATER.” Raedle snapped the shot of Barbara Mazoch Nelson on Sept. 2 in front of Coastal Welding Supply, one of her family’s retail locations.

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Teachers, students and parents are awaiting some sort of normalcy in their lives, which includes the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Beaumont Independent School District has a tentative goal of beginning school Monday, Sept. 11, but will host an emergency meeting Friday, Sept. 8, at the Administration Building (3395 Harrison Ave) at noon to make a final decision.

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Officials in Port Neches want to assure residents they have not shutoff water resources in the city, according to a statement released to the media. 

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CUTLINE: Evacuees seek shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center
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Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Coast, and has left Houston — the nation's fourth-largest city — grappling with unprecedented flooding. Do you need help? Or do you want to help those in need? Check out the resources below.

Rescue and evacuation

• Find an open shelter near you by texting SHELTER and your zip code to 4FEMA (43362). You can also use the FEMA mobile app.

• If you’re considering evacuating your home, the Houston Chronicle is compiling a map of flooded streets.

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Rainfall totals for Jefferson County, for both the last three days and the last 12 hours from Danielle LeBlanc, spokesperson for Jefferson County Drainage District No. 6.

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The City of Beaumont is providing sandbags to city residents beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 24, until 7 p.m. this evening and again Friday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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The Beaumont Police Department advised Aug. 24 that 211 is not currently accepting evacuation registration due to the close proximity of the storm and the estimated time it is to make landfall. 

According to BPD, "Please do not call 211 to try and register for evacuation. The state will not accept registrations when a storm is less than 48 hours from potential landfall. At this time, we do not anticipate calling for a mandatory evacuation of our area. There are locations in Southeast Texas that are calling for a voluntary evacuation. We will continue to send out updates.

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