MEDIA ALERT: Oct. 3rd, 2019
CONTACT:Ekland Durousseau | Regional Communications Manager | 281-904-9548
Red Cross Shelter Update
Orange, TX – October 3, 2019–The American Red Cross, working in close partnership with emergency managers and community partners in Silsbee and Orange county, has determined the emergency shelters located at the Youth Young Adult Fellowship Alliance facility and North Orange Baptist Church, will close Friday, October 4 at 12:00 p.m. Case managers have met with shelter residents to connect them with community resources and alternate lodging. The Red Cross will continue to monitor community sheltering needs.
Those who wish to donate to flood relief may do so at redcross.org/donate. You can help people affected by disasters like flooding and countless other crises by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small. Call, click, or text to give: visitredcross.org, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text “RED CROSS” to 91999 to make a $10 donation to your local Red Cross region.
For more updates, follow the Southeast Deep East Chapter of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @RedCrossTXGC. You can also contact the Orange office at (409) 883-2322, visit https://www.redcross.org/tgcr or call 1-800-REDCROSS.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross is a United Way agency that shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org orcruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross
UPDATE 9/26/19 12n
The Beaumont VA Clinic was flooded from TS Imelda. They are working in temporary tents to see our Veterans. Only thing they are NOT able to dispense medication. Beaumont area emergency prescription refills: Chain drug stores within the Optum Network can help. If you have refills, present with your VA Id card and prescription bottle and ask the pharmacist to call Heritage Health Solutions Customer Care Center at 1-866-265-0124 Monday – Friday 7:00am – 9:00pm and 10:00am – 3:00pm Saturday, representative will qualify the request by asking a few questions. No controlled medications will be processed under this program. If a controlled medication is needed or you have no refills, please contact your provider or Telecare Pharmacy at 1-800-639-5137 Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:00pm
The National Ground Water Association Reports over 126,000 Household Wells in Flooded Texas Counties Potentially Affected by Tropical Storm Imelda
Exposure to E. Coli and Coliform Possible in Flooded Locations
(WESTERVILLE, OH — September 23, 2019) — According to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA),wells supplying water to 126,000 households may potentially have been flooded in 13 counties of Texas during Tropical Storm Imelda, per Census Bureau data*.
Wells having wellheads that are cracked or faulty or that have been damaged by flood debris may allow contaminated floodwater into the well.
The flooding of water well systems can lead to permanent system damage and the possibility of water contamination.Exposure to E. coli, coliform, and other pathogenic microbes from human and animal fecal matter have occurred following major flooding events
Thirteen southeast Texas counties were declared disaster areas by Texas Governor Greg Abbott because of the heavy rainfall from the tropical storm, in some places in excess of 40 inches. These counties have broad flat coastal topography that contributes to more widespread flooding.
An exact number of wells actually flooded** is difficult to determine without extensive field observation over large areas.*** The well location relative to surface water bodies, topography of the ground surface, geology associated with the wells, duration and amount of rainfall contributing to flooding, and soil moisture conditions prior to flooding will also affect the number of wells impacted.
NGWA’shuricane/floodingresourcesiteprovides crucial information to water well owners on best practices to protect their systems after flooding. Utilizing the knowledge of the industry’s top professionals, the site offers step-by-step instructions on maintenance procedures and a database ofcertified NGWA contractorsfor testing and repairs.
Even if wells are not totally underwater, flooding around them can contribute to their contamination if they have not been regularly inspected and maintained,” said Chuck Job, NGWA regulatory affairs manager who compiled this data. “If contamination is suspected in any case, it is important to get the well tested.”
ORANGE COUNTY POINTS OF DISTRIBUTION
Water and Ice
PODS - Points of Distribution sites for water and ice have been set up in two (2) accessible areas in the county. Citizens can drive through and supplies will be loaded into your vehicle. The POD sites are located at the following 2 locations:
Vidor Middle School2405 Hwy 12 Vidor, Texas 77662
Market Basket 11816 HWY, TX-62 N Mauriceville, Texas 77626
Vidor Police Department
News Release from Chief Rod Carroll
Subject: Curfew due to Tropical Storm Imelda
Date: September 20, 2019
The curfew for the City of Vidor has beencancelledeffective September 20, 2019 at 6:00 PM. Businesses are now open and we want our citizens to be able to access any services that they may need as they recover from Tropical Storm Imelda. We ask that everyone limit their driving at night, as many roads are still flooded.
Tropical Storm Imelda Update
Beaumont ISD continues to assess the condition of all campuses. We expect classes at most schools to resume normal hours on Thursday, September 26, with the exception of Beaumont United High School and Fehl-Price Classical Academy.
Repair and restoration at Beaumont United and Fehl-Price is ongoing and the District will release additional information regarding the start of classes at a later date. BISD is working diligently to ensure all students are back in classrooms as soon as possible.
All employees will return on Wednesday, September 25, with an optional workday on Tuesday. Staff may wear jeans on the optional day.
AVAILABLE RED CROSS SHELTERS
HOUSTON, TX – September 20, 2019…The American Red Cross is focused on sheltering those who have been affected by rain associated with Imelda.Currently, eighteen shelters are available to aid those impacted by severe rain and flooding throughout the Texas gulf coast region. There were more than 1,200 overnight guests in shelters across the region.
The current list of shelters is available athttps://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.htmland listed below:
Yankton Sr. Citizen Center
900 Whiting Drive
MCTX East Montgomery County Senior Center
21679 McCleskey Road
White Park Community Building
225 White Park Drive
First Baptist Church Hamshire
Orange County Convention and Expo Center
11475 FM 1442
Beaumont Civic Center
701 Main Street
Grace Community Baptist Church
22044 Burrell-Wingate Road
170 HWY 418
Saint Simon’s and Saint Jude’s Catholic Church
26777 Glen Loch Road
Calvary Baptist Church
816 North Blair Avenue
North Orange Baptist Church
4775 North 16thStreet
10717 Langston Road
St. Timothy Lutheran Church
14225 Hargrave Road
New Light Christian Center - East
7313 East Houston Road
Crosby United Methodist
1334 Runneburg Road
Sanctuary Church of Cleveland
100 E. Hanson Street
House of Mercy
1126 Cypress Street
Wildwood United Methodist Church
8911 FM 1488
These shelters will be open 24 hours a day, providing a cool, dry place to stay, food, water, health services and emotional support for area residents who are not able to remain at their homes due to storms and flooding.
Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:
- Prescriptions and emergency medications
- Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
- Important personal documents
- Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
- Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
- Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
- Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
- Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself
FOR HELP:Those with non-emergency flood-related needs are urged to call the American Red Cross at1-866-526-8300 and select option 3.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Red Cross mission is delivered through the commitment and passion of its volunteers. Whether you have four hours a month or four hours a day, there’s a place for you. If interested in joining the Red Cross, discover the possibilities at redcross.org/volunteer.
All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.
Help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Anyone wishing to help the Red Cross aid people impacted by disasters such as tornadoes, floods or home fires may donate at redcross.org, by calling 800-RED-CROSS or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
For more updates, follow the American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast on Twitter and Facebook at @RedCrossTXGC. You can also contact the Southeast & Deep East Chapter at (409) 883-2322, visithttps://www.redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast.htmlor call 1-800-REDCROSS.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross is a United Way agency that shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org orcruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
OPERATIONS UPDATE - IH10 is still closed due to flood waters, stalled vehicles and rescues.
+Hwy 73 in Jefferson County between Hwy 69 and Winnie is closed and still holding water.
+Hwy 366 at Hwy 347 is still impassable.
+Hwy 69/Cardinal Drive is open but you can only go East on IH10. West is closed..
+Hwy 365 is closed at multiple points and the flood gates are closed.
+LaBelle Road by the bayou is shut down due to high water.
+West Port Arthur Road at Hillebrandt has water over the roadway.
+On Hillebrandt near dead mans curve - high water. Hillebrandt is not passable due to water at multiple locations.
+Hwy 326 from Hwy 90, South of the bridge is shut down due to high water.
+Hwy 124 at 365 is closed due to high water in the area and the rescue operations that are still going on. There are still some families that can't get out of their homes.
+Hwy 105 is closed at Tram due to high water.
+Hwy 90 still has water in multiple locations but is passable in spots. It may open later to thru traffic.
+If you need to go to Houston, take Hwy 96/69/287 to Hwy 190 to Hwy 59 to Houston.
+PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE JCSO DISPATCH OFFICE UNLESS YOU NEED +EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE. WE WILL UPDATE ROAD CLOSURES AS WE CAN.
+You can monitor www,drivetexas.org to view road closures.
+If you do not need to leave your home, please stay off of the roadways.
City of Vidor 10pm to 6
Chambers County 10pm to 7am
Boil Water Notice
The Red Cross has opened a temporary shelter at the Orange County Expo Center on FM 1442.
Citizens will need to bring an ID, change of clothing, and medication. Animals will be crated outside under cover.
Entergy Texas Bringing in Additional Crews
Estimated restoration times being determined
BEAUMONT, Texas – More than 400 additional workers have been requested to assist Entergy Texas, Inc. in restoring power to customers after Imelda dumped more than two feet of rain on Southeast Texas.
As of 5 p.m. approximately 34,000 customers are without power, with the highest number of outages reported in Montgomery, Jefferson, Galveston, Liberty and Orange Counties.
High water trucks and air boats are arriving to assist with the restoration efforts; however, flooded roadways and continued rainfall is substantially hampering progress.
“While the estimated times of restoration are very preliminary right now, it is hoped that all customers who can receive power will have it by the end of the week,” said Allen East, vice president of distribution for Entergy Texas, Inc.
Ongoing road conditions, flooding, access to power lines and the extent of damage to equipment all affect these estimates and how long it will take to restore power. Right now, it is hoped that customers who can take power will be restored no later than the following times:
- Beaumont area – 8 p.m. Saturday
- Orange area – 8 p.m. Saturday
- Vidor area – 8 p.m. Saturday
- Port Arthur area – 8 p.m. Saturday
- Winnie area – 8 p.m. Saturday
As of 7:30AM Friday, September 20th:
IH10 between Beaumont and Winnie remains CLOSED with no estimate as to when it will reopen. IH10 is also CLOSED at the Crosby Lynchburg Road Bridge due to a loose barge striking the bridge, it will remain closed until the bridge can be inspected. Multiple roadways in the area are flooded and closed. Flash flood watches and warnings will remain in effect through today. Remember: Turn around, don't drown
ORANGE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
PRESS RELEASE #5
SEPTEMBER 19, 2019
The Red Cross will be opening a temporary shelter at the Orange County Expo Center located at 11475 FM
1442 Orange, Texas 77630.
Citizens will need to bring an ID, change of clothing, and medication. Animals will be crated outside under
This will be a temporary shelter until another shelter can be opened and made ready.
Citizens are still encouraged to SHELTER IN PLACE and avoid driving on the roadways due to water over the
roads in some areas of the county. If you must travel, please take the following precautions:
• Pay attention to barricades.
• Never attempt to drive through flooded roadways and avoid underpasses.
• Be aware of hydroplaning.
• If you drive through neighborhoods, WATCH YOUR SPEED. High speeds cause water to be pushed into homes,
endangering property and/or lives.
• TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!
DO NOT drive down flooded roads unless absolutely necessary to prevent water from being pushed further
into yards and homes.
Facebook Page, search for: Orange County Office of Emergency Management
TxDOT: Traffic is unable to access I10 east and westbound from FM365 to SH73.
TxDOT crews are out and assessing conditions.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, TX - The Jefferson County Courthouse will delay opening until 1p.m. and only ESSENTIAL personnel are reporting to work.
Non-essential services will not be available until further notice.
Beaumont ISD has determined that all campuses and District offices will be closed today (September 19, 2019).
Nederland ISD will be closed Thursday September 19, 2019. School will resume with regular hours Friday, September 20, 2019.
Lumberton ISD closed today. Lumberton will be cancelling all activities scheduled for today.
Community Christian School and Preschool will be closed today for the safety of our students, families and staff. Classes plan to resume tomorrow.
Hardin Jefferson ISD will not have school on Thursday, September 19th. They will continue to monitor the weather and roads throughout the day to determine what school plans for Friday.
LIT Campus and the Frank Robinson Center in Silsbee will be closed today, Thursday, September 19, due to flooding caused by Tropical Depression Imelda.
Silsbee ISD schools will be closed Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, due to the weather conditions. The District will monitor the weather for evening activities. Students will be off from school on Friday as scheduled on the District calendar.
Local authorities are asking all Southeast Texans to stay home. Heavy rains causing major flooding. Emergency management is conducting emergency rescues throughout the area. Parts of I-10 in western Jefferson County is under water
Emergency Preparedness Supplies AUSTIN – When there’s a hurricane or tropical storm in the Gulf, it’s a good idea to check your emergency supply kit and review your family plans for emergencies. Monitor broadcasts and listen to instructions from local officials. Having emergency supplies in easy-to-carry containers will serve you well, no matter what kind of natural or manmade emergency you may face. Use this checklist:
• First-aid kit
• Extra prescription medications, written copies of prescriptions, other special medical items
• Important documents and records, photo IDs, proof of residence, information you may need to process insurance claims
• Cash (power outages mean banks and ATMs may be unavailable)
• Battery-operated radio and NOAA Weather Radio
• Flashlight with extra batteries
• Phone numbers of family and friends
• Road maps, a travel plan, hotel reservations, list of places between your town and your destination you can stop if the highways are clogged
• 3-day supply of non-perishable food, one gallon of bottled water per person per day
• Coolers for food and ice storage, paper plates, plastic utensils
• Manual can opener, knife, tools, booster cables, fire extinguisher, duct tape, tarp, rope
• Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags and extra clothing
• Toilet paper, cleanup supplies, personal hygiene products
• Eyeglasses, sunglasses, hearing aids
• Special supplies needed for babies, older adults and pets
• Extra keys Other disaster preparedness information can be found at www.Ready.gov and www.redcross.org.
With little time before storms makes landfall, Entergy urges customers to prepare for the possibility of extended power outages. Customers should prepare emergency kits, including flashlights, a battery-powered radio with fresh batteries, spare batteries, canned food and a can opener, a supply of fresh water for several days and a first-aid kit. Entergy has aStorm Ready Guide that customers can download for other great tips.
Entergy Texas10055 Grogans Mill RoadThe Woodlands, TX 77380Always remember to stay away from downed power lines and notify Entergy immediately. Outage information can be found on Entergytexas.comand on the Entergy Stormcenter websiteduring and after the storm. Here are other ways you can get information:
• Download the Entergy app for your smartphone at entergy.com/app.
• Sign up for text alerts. From your cellphone, text R-E-G to 368374, or visitentergytext.com. • Follow us onTwitter.com/EntergyTX orFacebook.com/EntergyTX.
• Call us at 800-9OUTAGE (800-968-8243).
• Follow updates in your local news media, like radio, television and newspapers.
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