The silence is broken
After a long silence today, information is starting to come out of the Golden Triangle Emergency Management System.
Orange County says all search and rescue teams are in operation and working with every means possible to conduct search and rescue.
Emergency call centers are over loaded and 911 phone lines are down.
A staging area has been set up at North Orange Baptist Church located at 4775 16th Street, Orange. Citizens at the staging area are being evacuated to other locations in Texas.
The state is sending personnel, ambulances, boats and high water vehicles to help in rescue missions.
Officials ask that if you are in a safe location, please continue to shelter in place.
The county is still under mandatory evacuation and the public is NOT to enter back into the county. It is not safe and flood waters continue to rise.
Orange County will be without power for an undetermined period of time and the county does not have shelters and medical means available.
If you are safe at home, please stay home and continue to shelter in place.
Phone numbers for the Emergency Operations Center are:
(409) 886-8610 (409) 886-8612 (409) 886-8613.
Emergency only numbers for the Orange Sheriff’s Office: (409)886-8644 or (409)886-8648.
The City of Beaumont is also still under a mandatory evacuation order and continues an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. Anyone out during the curfew may be stopped for investigation and possible arrest.
Evacuated citizens are encouraged to remain out of the city and those who did not should seek shelter elsewhere.
While the City of Beaumont still has an operational water system, the sewer system is down. Citizens are asked to limit their use of water consumption. Do not wash dishes or clothes and do limit your toilet flushing. It may be 3 to 5 days before the sewer treatment plant is operational when a generator is put in service.
Due to conditions which have occurred due to Hurricane Ike, the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality has required the City of Beaumont to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption.
When water operations return in the mid-county area of Nederland, Port Neches and Groves, citizens are asked to boil their water until further notice.
To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to consumption. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may use bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source. When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, officials will make notification.
In addition, the water surge caused the intrusion of salt water past the City of Beaumont Surface Water Treatment Plant intake. The City of Beaumont has no intention to turn off the water system by choice. However, the salt content of the water, although not harmful, has exceeded the recommended limit and therefore the water may taste salty even after boiling.
Reports from Entergy indicate it will be several weeks before power is restored to our area, possibly a month or longer.
The damage to Entergy transmission lines is greater and more widespread this time than it was with Hurricane Rita.
Residents who choose not to evacuate must be prepared to be self-sufficient for several weeks.
Little Cypress-Mauriceville school district announced that initial drive by assessments show little damage and no flooding to all premises.
Return to school is dependent on power being restored and necessary repairs being made. No estimates are available as to a time frame, but it will definitely not be just a few days.
(DUE TO WATER / DEBRIS / TREES / DOWNED POWER LINES)
FM 105 (ORANGE COUNTY) AT COW BAYOU
SH 87 (ORANGE COUNTY) INTO BRIDGE CITY
FM 1132 (ORANGE COUNTY)
US 96N (HARDIN / JASPER COUNTIES) FROM LUMBERTON TO EVADALE
FM 2246 (JASPER COUNTY)
FM 105 (JASPER COUNTY) IN EVADALE
IH 10 AT MP 828 (CHAMBERS COUNTY)
IH 10 AT SH 12 (ORANGE COUNTY)
IH 10 AT 563 TO TRINITY RIVER (CHAMBERS COUNTY) – CITIZENS CREATING THEIR OWN CONTRAFLOW STATE TROOPERS AND TXDOT IN ROUTE
Most phone lines are down and cell phones appear not to be working at this time either.