Tropical Storm Harvey

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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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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Texas DPS traffic advisory: 

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans along the Gulf Coast region to prepare for severe weather, strong winds and localized flooding through the weekend.

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