There have been no press releases from any of the Triangle Emergency Managements since last night at 7 p.m. It is reported that four feet of water is around Hatten Elementary in Bridge City. Bland at Firestone is reported waist high. Access to Bridge City is completely blocked by state troopers at 1442 and FM 105, 408 and 105 and the Cow Bayou Bridge on 105. It has been confirmed that search and rescue operations are going on at this time.

Some homes on Bessie Heights have water up to the roofs.

The area is still experiencing gail force winds with sustained winds at 15-20 miles per hour and stronger gusts. Rainfall is still heavy. Water is around one and a half to two feet on FM408 in front of Orangefield Oilfield Supply.

National Weather Channel has reported people are trapped on roofs in Orange County. That has been confirmed. At this time the main reason appears to be water levels and/or snakes coming into homes to get out of the weather.

Parts of Orangefield and Cajun Way are high and dry.We will also try to have pictures if they can be transmitted and uploaded.

Texts from Orangefield during Ike

Here is an account of the storm in text messages from Orangefield. I have converted the “texting language” for those of you that would not understand it, but left the rest as is.

Friday, Sept. 12
8:00 a.m. – Cow Bayou Bridge at 1442 water level at 14 feet.
Noon-Cow Bayou at 16 feet.
3:01 p.m. First rain. Lasted one minute. Still looking good.
4:00 p.m. – Bayou at 15 feet, three inches, Water not raising bad yet.
5:32 p.m. Not much wind or rain.
7 p.m. – Water level 14 feet seven inches. Lights just blinked off twice. Currently on. Still no where near bad.
10:24 p.m. – Steady wind about 25. Picking up some. Dozing off. In the dark.
Saturday, Sept. 122:43 a.m. – Be glad your not here, it is wicked. Seventeen hundred in Beaumont without power, 3,000 in Groves. I can’t open the front door. The wind and rain are too strong. We won’t stay next time. It’s rough. It will be a long time before things are normal. We lost power at 7. Tell you parents no to push home. Our front door just blew open and it was locked. Charlotte.
2:58: a.m. We have generator on, radio on; our satellite blew off the house I’m pretty sure.
6:26 a.m. – We’re awake. Still too dark and windy to go out and look around. Making coffee to clear my head. Interesting night. Home phone is down.
6:35 a.m. Still in the storm. Can’t go outside; still have a roof and no water in the house. Much better now that we can see the noise and wind.
6:53 a.m. Just did a walk around the house. My roof is still complete. Held up good.
7:02 a.m. Life is good. Satellite TV is back up. Only channel 12 is local, but we have that and the weather channel and all the rest.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.