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Every home in Rose City except two sustained damage during the catastrophic flooding that Hurricane Harvey brought to Southeast Texas, and, while other cities begin the rebuilding process, the small town is still literally trying to pick up the pieces and sift through the rubble they once called home.

Mayor Bonnie Stevenson said her city and its residents are in dire need of assistance.

“The city was devastated,” Stevenson said, “but, we’re coming back. These people have lost everything, and they need help.”

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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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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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Due to loss of water pressure caused by Tropical Storm Harvey, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the City of Beaumont water system to issue a boil water notice for the city until further notice.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

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Free-lining live shrimp at the jetties will catch more trout than lures.

The water temperature along the upper Texas coast is inching up to the 85-degree mark. That’s some pretty warm water, and when that happens, trout will be much easier to catch on live baits such as shrimp, mud minnows and finger mullet.

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Water is a necessity. People must drink it to live. We bathe in it. We wash our clothes, our dishes and even our children in it. We depend on our water supply and expect it to meet safety and quality standards mandated by environmental regulatory bodies.

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The City of Beaumont says residents' water is safe to drink in spite of an "alleged noncompliance" issue reported to the municipality by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on Jan. 20, Public Works Director Dr. Joseph Majdalani reports. 

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The family of a Winnie man who lost his life as the result of a kayaking accident in August are making an effort to help prevent future tragedies with a recent donation to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) for the purchase of life-saving water equipment. 

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Some of Beaumont’s West End city water customers will be experiencing a mini-drought as this week ends when crews temporarily shut off water supply to residences and businesses to repair a faulty valve.

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LSC-O flood damage (Photo by Brian Babin)

Receding floodwaters have allowed Lamar State College – Orange personnel to do a preliminary assessment of damage to the campus.  Both the Wilson Building and the Green Avenue Building were flooded.  Water reached a depth of 10 inches in the Green Avenue Building and 3 inches in the Wilson Building. Both buildings will need drywall repair and flooring replacement.

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