Texas: Status of Sabine, Trinity, Nacogdoches, Polk, San Jacinto, Angelina, Shelby, Liberty, Jasper and Newton Counties

September 15, 2008 - 10:29 am by Heidi VanderVelde

Newton County:

Mandatory evacuation still in effect
Roads are passable – watch for patches of water
No electricity

Jasper County:

Mandatory evacuation still in effect
No electricity
No Fuel
No Water
SH 96, SH 190 and SH 87 are passable

Liberty County:

No electricity
No telephone service
Cannon Fuel supply store on 321 between Dayton and Cleveland is the only fuel source
Impassable Roads due to flooding:   163 in Tarkington, East River Drive (CR 370), CR 3709, CR 1413 off 1413 (Dayton area), CR 470 off 1409, CR 677 off 321
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Texas: Orange County Information for Residents- Curfew and County Status Update

September 15, 2008 - 10:20 am by Heidi VanderVelde
  • Residents can view the latest news advisory for Orange County here (PDF).

Source:  “Orange County Information.” Southeast Texas Information.   15 September 2008, 6:00 AM.

Texas: Matagorda County Updated Information on School Reopenings, Boil Water Notices, and Hurricane Ike Recovery Efforts

September 14, 2008 - 7:44 pm by Heidi VanderVelde
  • To access the latest advisory from Matagorda County, click here.

Source:  “Hurricane Updates.”  Matagorda County.  14 September 2008, 4:10 PM.

Texas Department of Safety Traffic Update for Orange, Jefferson, Hardin, Jasper, and Tyler Counties

September 14, 2008 - 7:37 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

Jefferson County:

The Texas Department of Public Safety does not have any active roadblocks for Jefferson County.  On September 13, 2008, at 9:00 pm, County Judge Ron Walker advised The Texas Department of Public Safety to remove roadblocks throughout the county. As per orders from county officials, the roadblocks were removed by the Department. This agency is still urging motorist to remain at their evacuation locations, because there is still a mandatory evacuation notice in place for Jefferson County.

Orange County:

Orange County is still under a mandatory evacuation notice and entry into this county is discouraged.  Any roadblocks or barricades on the roadways are due to high water or debris on the roadway.  As of 10:00 am this date,  Sergeant Frye, DPS-Orange, stated that there is no entry into Bridge City including those who have HOLOGRAMS.  Questions should be addressed to Bridge City Officials.

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Texas: Update on School Closures for Fort Bend County

September 14, 2008 - 7:30 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

RICHMOND, TX─ Update for Fort Bend County school closings as of 4:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14:

Katy ISD -

All district campuses and facilities will be closed tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 15. Officials will continue to assess the situation, and on Monday afternoon will determine the status of classes for Tuesday.

Wharton County Junior College -

Richmond Campus classes resume on Monday.

Sugar Land Campus classes are canceled for Monday and officials will reevaluate the situation for Tuesday.  Employees should contact their supervisors for further information.

Source:  “Press Advisory:  Update on School Closures for Fort Bend County.” Fort Bend County.  14 September 2008, 4:00 PM.

Texas: Governor Perry- We Will Rebuild and Restore; Hurricane Ike Impact Update

September 14, 2008 - 7:25 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today surveyed Hurricane Ike storm damage from the air before visiting Galveston Island and Ellington Airfield to visit with local emergency management officials.

“It’s difficult to see parts of our state in this condition, but it is the current reality and we’re working through a recovery operation that is massive in scale and complexity,” said Gov. Perry.  “People in the area need to understand that our team is working ‘round the clock to restore services while people outside the area need to stay away until we have reached an acceptable level of safety.”

Gov. Perry was accompanied by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Steve McCraw, Texas Director of Homeland Security.  Bad weather in southeast Texas prevented the governor from visiting that area of the state today.
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Louisiana: Calcasieu Parish Lifts 24-Hour Curfew, Establishes Modified Curfew

September 14, 2008 - 4:37 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

LAKE CHARLES , La. (September 14, 2008) – 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.


Source: “Press Release:  Calcasieu Parish Officials Lift 24-Hour Curfew, Institute Modified Curfew.”  State of Louisiana.  14 September 2008.

Louisiana: St. John Parish Update- Most Schools to Reopen Tomorrow, Garbage Collection Resumes Monday

September 14, 2008 - 4:34 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

 CURFEW: Midnight to 6 am.

SCHOOLS: ALL to re-open Monday, September 15, 2008.   (except Reserve Christian until further notice)

BLUE TARP REGISTRATION: has RESUMED at 1801 W. Airline Hwy in LaPlace.  Please call 1-888-766-3258 for more information.

ROAD CLOSURES:  *U.S. 51 and I-10 WEST bound on-ramp closed.  

 FOOD STAMPS REGISTRATION:   **Special times Sunday 1:00pm to 8:00pm

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Louisiana: Interstates Are Open; Many State Highways in Low-Lying Areas Remain Closed

September 14, 2008 - 4:28 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

BATON ROUGE (September 14, 2008) – The Louisiana State Police reports that all Interstate highways throughout the state are open. 

Troopers are patrolling interstates and state highways to determine if they are safe for motorists to travel.

Debris and high water have hindered the ability of motorists to travel safely in storm-affected areas.  Currently, all interstate systems are clear.  Troopers, in conjunction with parish officials, will continue to monitor all roadways and assist motorists in reaching their destinations as areas become accessible. 

Many state highways in low-lying areas, particularly in Cameron, Calcasieu, Iberia, Terrebone, St. Mary and Vermilion parishes remain closed due to high water.  For current road closure information, the public can dial 511 from their telephone or go to www.LSP.org or www.511LA.org on the web. 


Source:  ”Louisiana Interstates Are Open.”  State of Louisiana.  14 September 2008.

Texas: Houston Area School Closings, Cancellations, and Reopenings

September 14, 2008 - 4:19 pm by Heidi VanderVelde
Source: KHOU.com  14 September 2008.