hurricane harvey

In a time of tremendous loss and dire need in Southeast Texas following Hurricane Harvey, Jon Huntsman Sr., founder and executive chairman of the Huntsman Corporation, has responded and is issuing a challenge to other business leaders — give.

In a special press conference Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Jefferson County Courthouse, which was still closed for business due to Hurricane Harvey, Huntsman announced that he wanted to help get Southeast Texans back on their feet.

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Texas Health and Human Services is urging people to be aware of the benefits and services available to Texans who suffered loss following Hurricane Harvey.

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Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) benefits, which provide short-term lodging assistance for evacuees who are impacted by a declared disaster, are available to Jefferson, Hardin, and Orange county residents whose homes were damaged by Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey. TSA benefits, sponsored by FEMA, are not a guarantee of hotel room availability, though, FEMA media liaison Ken Higginbotham told The Examiner.

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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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