Texas: Baytown List of Open Businesses

September 15, 2008 - 2:52 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

At this time businesses are beginning to re-open … some of the following are opened or will be opened by noon.

* Fuel – Walmart – Garth Rd
* Fuel – Shell – at Cedar Bayou Lynchburg & Main
* Fuel – Texaco – at Cedar Bayou Lynchburg & Main
* Fuel & Grocery – Jr’s Minute Mart
* Fuel – Chevron – at I-10 and Garth
* Fuel – Shell – Cedar Bayou & Main
* Groceries – Food Town – N Main & Rolling Brook
* Groceries – Cracker Barrel – I-10
* Groceries – Kroger – Garth Rd
* Hardware – McCoy’s – Ward
* Hardware (cash only) – Eastham’s – N. Alexander

All storm related inquiries should be directed to the City of Baytown’s Emergency Phone Bank at 281-420-5311, 8:00 am – 8:00 p.m., Sunday through Tuesday. Helpful information is also available on the City’s website at www.baytown.org and on Cable Channel 16.

Source:  “Press Release:  Baytown, Texas- Some Businesses Open.” City of Baytown.  15 September 2008, 10:00 AM.

Texas: Baytown Evacuee and Curfew Information

September 15, 2008 - 2:50 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

The citizens of Baytown who have evacuated from the city as a result of Hurricane IKE are encouraged to remain at their current location, if it is possible and they are comfortable. The evacuees may want to continue to stay in touch with the media for a possible return in 1 or 2 days because the city continues to experience some power and water difficulties.

The curfew of 7:00 P.M. until 6:00 A.M. for the City of Baytown residents continues to be in force.

All storm related inquiries should be directed to the City’s Emergency Phone Bank at 281-420-5311. The phone bank will be taking calls throughout the storm event. Helpful information is also available on the City’s website at www.baytown.org and on Cable Channel 16.

Source:  “Press Release-  Baytown Updates:  Evacuees and Curfew.“  City of Baytown.  15 September 2008, 9:30 AM.

Texas: Jefferson and Orange County Road Closures

September 15, 2008 - 2:46 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

Jefferson County:

Roadways with flooding:

IH 10 at Hwy 73  – Barricades and Cones are out : Location does not have law enforcement officers

Orange County:

The Rainbow Bridge is CLOSED due to high water.

FM 408 North of Bridge City is CLOSED due to high water.

All other state roads are open

Source:  “Road Closures in Southeast Texas.“  Texas Department of Public Safety.  15 September 2008, 11:00 AM.

Texas: Port Arthur Food, Water, and Ice Locations, Beaumont Working on Setting up PODs

September 15, 2008 - 2:35 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

There are several services set up for citizen of Port Arthur to assist with food, water and ice for as long as supplies last.

PODS – Gilham Circle  9:00-6:00  Ice and Water for as long as it lasts.  Provided by Convoy for Hope.

Salvation Army – West Port Arthur Road (Port Acres) at the Market Basket.

Salvation Army – Washington Park at Joe Lewis and Thomas Blvd.

Salvation Army – Jefferson and Gulfway Drive.

Salvation Army – Port Arthur City Hall in Downtown Port Arthur.

Hwy 365 and Twin City – near HEB.

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Louisiana: Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available in Various Parishes

September 15, 2008 - 2:25 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

BATON ROUGE La. (September 14, 2008) – People whose jobs have been lost or interrupted because of the disaster in the 14 parishes eligible for individual disaster assistance as a result of Hurricane Ike also are eligible to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), the Louisiana Workforce Commission announced today.

Those parishes are Acadia, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafourche, Plaquemines, Sabine, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Vermilion and Vernon.

Those eligible must file DUA applications within 30 days of this announcement. The deadline to file is Oct 14, 2008. Applications submitted later may be denied.
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Lousiana: Calcasieu Parish Opening Feeding Sites; Waste Management Resumes Garbage Collection Today

September 15, 2008 - 11:11 am by Heidi VanderVelde

Local officials have announced that the 24-hour, parish-wide curfew has been lifted. A modified curfew, beginning at 8:00pm – 6:00am, has been issued for all residents.  This modified curfew will remain in place until further notice. No vehicular and pedestrian traffic should be on the roadways once the curfew begins, except essential emergency vehicles.

Waste Management will resume their regular garbage collection routes Monday September 15th.  In addition, for a two-day period, the parish will provide two manned drop-off sites for household solid waste only.  This is not for debris from the storm.  The sites are:
* Post Oak Pavilion
2911 Post Oak Rd.,

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Louisiana: DSS to Operate 41 Disaster Food Stamp Program Sites Today

September 15, 2008 - 11:02 am by Heidi VanderVelde

BATON ROUGE La. (September 15, 2008) – The Department of Social Services (DSS) has taken more than 194,000 applications for Disaster Food Stamps in less than a week and will have 41 sites in operation on Monday, Sept. 15th where eligible Louisiana residents affected by Hurricane Gustav can apply for the federal Disaster Food Stamp Program.

The Department of Social Services recognizes the efforts of local city officials and organizations that have assisted in preparing sites of operation that have been closed due to the impact of Hurricane Ike.

The following sites will be open as of Monday September 15th. Please make note of the locations highlighted in bold with extended hours of operation from 6:00AM – 8:00PM DAILY. All other sites have regular hours of operation from 8:00AM – 8:00PM DAILY.

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Texas Department of Transportation Warns Against Return to Beaumont and Houston Areas

September 15, 2008 - 10:47 am by Heidi VanderVelde

Motorists encounter fuel shortages, block recovery vehicles

AUSTIN (9:00 PM CDT, September 14, 2008) The Texas Department of Transportation strongly discourages travel in and to areas affected by Hurricane Ike. Significant traffic backups were reported Sunday evening on roads leading into Houston.

“Our concern is that Hurricane Ike evacuees returning home could run out of gas and become stranded,” said TxDOT spokesman Chris Lippincott. “As drivers run low on gas they’re finding very few service stations that have fuel and electricity to operate their pumps. Fuel along reentry routes remains severely limited.”

“We are also concerned that citizens attempting to reenter the area are clogging routes needed by rescue and recovery convoys carrying emergency crews, medical supplies, utility crews, water and ice” said TxDOT spokesman Chris Lippincott. “Utilities remain disrupted. Search and rescue missions are ongoing. Curfews are in place across the area. We need those roads to remain clear for the rescue and recovery efforts led by the State of Texas.”

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Texas: Victoria County Trash-Pick up Details; Evacuated Animals Are Now at the Victoria County Animal Shelter

September 15, 2008 - 10:41 am by Heidi VanderVelde

1. Victoria County received almost no damage from Hurricane Ike. Anyone who evacuated from Victoria can return.

2. Many evacuees from the Victoria Evacuation Hub have returned to Victoria and others are expected today. Pets evacuated from the Victoria Community Center Evacuation Hub but not yet picked up, have been taken to the Victoria County Animal Shelter at 122 Perimeter. The phone number there is 578-3564.

3.TRASH PICKUP THIS WEEK: As a result of suspended trash collection service due to the threat of Hurricane Ike, the City will have a special trash collection operation next week. On their normal trash pickup day, residents on both the automated and manual pickup routes should have all their household garbage on the curb by 7 a.m.

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Texas: Fort Bend County- Debris Pick-up to Begin Soon in Missouri City

September 15, 2008 - 10:34 am by Heidi VanderVelde

The City of Missouri City’s debris pick-up, part of a joint partnership with Fort Bend County, will begin soon and involve three separate “sweeps.” The pick-up “sweeps” in each  neighborhood will take place every two to three weeks.

To prepare for the debris pick-up, residents are asked to follow the guidelines listed below:

* Place debris on the public right-of-way for collection. The public right-of-way is the property area that extends from the street to a sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement.
* Debris is to be placed on either the front slope of a ditch or at a street curb.
* Do not block drainage by placing debris in culverts or curb drains since this can cause street flooding.
* Vegetation debris, such as limbs and shrubbery, are to be placed on the curb and do not need bundling.

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