Hurricane Harvey updates

As we hear information on Tropical Storm Harvey updates and relief efforts we will post them here.

9/8/17

Donations are still being accepted:

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office until 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8, donations will be carried to Vidor area. Cleaning products needed, garbage bags, brooms, fans, person hygiene items.

 

The Bailey Family Foundation is accepting donations and matching them up to $100,000. They will be donating to those who lost loved ones in the Hurricane and need help rebuilding their homes and their lives. Checks can be dropped off or mailed to Terry Bailey Family Foundation, 1008 Southview Cr., Center, Texas 75935.

 

Facebook page “Shelby & Panola County Harvey Relief” is offering information on direct sites that need assistance with meals and donations within the two counties. Meals are being supplied to motels for evacuees staying with them.

 

Holly Holloway Duck (see Facebook) looking for fans and vinegar (white and apple cider) for cleaning. Will deliver Friday.

 

Numbers for hotels in the area to check on needs:

Americas Best 598-3384, Best Western 591-0002, Hampton Inn 591-4447, Sleep Inn 590-9090,
Super 8 598-9420, Holiday Inn 591-8101, and Hillcrest Shelter 572-0155.

Center and San Augustine nursing homes took in evacuees. They need people to visit and talk with them. They need TV’s for their rooms.

Local churches are feeding evacuees. Contact one if you wish to donate, or assist with prep, cooking or serving.

8/31/17 2:54 p.m.

Facebook post: Pack a Purse

Calling all ladies who want to help Harvey victims‼️
The ladies of Patroon Baptist Church are taking donations to send to Harvey victims. Most of us ladies have a new or gently used purse sitting in our closets. Let's take them out and fill them with the items listed below to be sent to those ladies affected by Hurricane Harvey. We ask that you bring your packed purses to church on Sunday morning. For any questions, contact Kim Adams.

8/31/17 2 p.m.

DETEC Announcement

As of 2 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 552 outages.
 
Panola County: 1 meter out
Nacogdoches County: 1
San Augustine County: 57
Sabine County: 268
Jasper County: 3
Newton County: 222
 
Today, as flood waters recede, crews are diligently working to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.  With just over 3,300 outages at 8 AM this morning, crews have made considerable progress.
 
DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous.
Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines.
 
ž If you or someone in your household is dependent upon life support,  identify a location you can move to that has an alternate power source.
ž Check backup generators for proper operations and remember to carefully follow generator safety precautions including NOT operating a generator indoors.
ž Monitor local weather conditions.
ž Follow warnings from local authorities. If you must travel, check drivetexas.org, for road closures and hazard information.
 
Please report outages, by calling: 1-800-392-5986

8/31/17 10:30 a.m.

FACEBOOK POST from Timpson HS Band:
Our assistant band director, Mr. Dupnik, is a native of Rockport, TX and a graduate of Rockport-Fulton HS. His family still lives there. After Mr. D's hometown was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, we decided to help. We will be accepting donations at the Timpson High School band hall through next Friday, September 8. On Saturday, September 9 we will load these items into our band trailer and deliver them to Rockport.

We have been in contact with individuals collecting supplies in Rockport. Here's a list of items needed at this time:

Flashlights
Batteries
Battery operated lanterns
Socks
Waterproof Band-Aids
Athlete's foot powder
Industrial trash bags
Biodegradable wipes
Rubber gloves
Rubber boots-M, LG, XLg
Industrial Paper towels
Toilet paper
Ibuprofen
Tarps
Zip ties
Duct tape
Female Hygiene products
Toiletries
Kind Bar
Peanut Butter
Beef Jerkies

8/31/17

NHS and JCC work together to bring relief

Following the devastation in Southeast Texas, Center High School's National Honor Society and Junior Chamber of Commerce members will send donations to hurricane victims tomorrow after a successful student-led donation drive.

"I think we all had the idea to donate to Harvey victims as soon as we heard about how devastating it was," NHS President Brady Wells said. "Our publicist, Alberto, contacted me with some ideas, so I called an officer meeting for the following day. We immediately began the donation process. Here we are only two days later, and we have huge amounts of items to send to those in need."

Working together, the two student groups received 92 cases of water, 40 packages of diapers, 54 packages of baby wipes, 20 bags of pet food, and several boxes filled with personal care items.

 "I am extremely proud of the members and officers of National Honor Society," Wells said. "We, together, have demonstrated unity and compassion. We have not argued; we have not disagreed. We have done what we know we are called to do - put others before ourselves. I am very honored to be President of an organization full of such good, active people, and I hope that we can continue to be an example for others."

Both student groups recognized their sponsors, Susan Penick (NHS) and Jennifer Fausett (JCC), for their help in event promotion and storage of donated items. The drive was executed quickly, and donations piled up fast.

 "I was shocked at how many things were donated, especially the amount of water," JCC member Dalton Snider said. "Our original goal was 50 and in two days we had overshot our goal by nearly 10 cases. I was amazed."

Many students have family in the flooded areas who need assistance.

"My mother and aunt live in Houston now, and not too long ago it was my home," JCC member Mark Perkins said. "We were watching a breaking news report in class yesterday and I got to see an old apartment I lived in completely flooded. I've, fortunately, gotten to speak with my mother. My aunt is safe, but her house is filled with water. It's tragic to see my old home be destroyed, but it's heartwarming to be a part of those helping them here.

It's nice to know that in the wake of this tragedy, we all united in helping others."

 

8/31/17

• Center ISD will start classes at 9 a.m. Thursday.

• Timpson ISD will start classes at 9 a.m. Thursday

• Shelbyville ISD will start classes at 9 a.m. and release at 1 p.m. Thursday.

• Center Christian Academy will start classes as normal at 8 a.m., but will not mark anyone tardy who is late due to weather-related issues.

• Tenaha ISD on normal schedule today. 

 

10 p.m. 8/30/17:

FM 3150 in Lufkin is closed due to a washout that is not visible from the roadway, according to TxDOT. 

 

9:10 p.m. 8/30/17:

FM 353 at SH 87 in San Augustine County is closed due to flooding, according to TxDOT.

8/30/17 8 p.m.

Facebook Post from Shelbyville Lions Club:

The Shelbyville Lions Club is taking donations that will be leaving out on Monday for the Beaumont/PA area. If you have donations please take them to Shelbyville First Baptist Church. We are collecting personal items. We please ask you not to put everything in a trash bag and drop it off. We need to be able to sort items. Please box them or leave in original packages.
Items needed:
Baby diapers
Adult diapers
Wipes
Travel size soap and shampoo
New socks
New underwater
Deodorant
Toothbrushes and paste
Baby formula
Aspirins etc
Hand sanitizer
We ask please that you send items that are useful and ask please do not use this as an opportunity to a clean out your closets. We appreciate your help. We do not know exactly were they will allow us to enter, but we hope to get these items delivered to a shelter. Please inbox if you have any questions.
Many thanks
The Shelbyville Lions

 

 

8/30/17 3:30 p.m.

Facebook post: transformer blew at Bear Drive and Jacob Street in Timpson.

 

8/30/17 2:44 p.m.

Center ISD Announcement: Center ISD will have a late start tomorrow. Classes will begin at 9:15. All staff will report at 9:00.

 

8/30/17 2 p.m.

DETEC Report:

As of 2 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 3,188 outages.

Shelby County: 43 meters out

Nacogdoches County: 29

San Augustine County: 1,117

Sabine County: 1,688

Jasper County: 3

Newton County: 219

DETEC crews and contractors are working to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.  Due to rising flood waters and road closures, outage restoration work is extremely slowed.

DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous.

Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines.

ž If you or someone in your household is dependent upon life support,  identify a location you can move to that has an alternate power source.

ž Check backup generators for proper operations and remember to carefully follow generator safety precautions including NOT operating a generator indoors.

ž Monitor local weather conditions.

ž Follow warnings from local authorities. If you must travel, check drivetexas.org, for road closures and hazard information.

Please report outages, by calling: 1-800-392-5986

 

8/30/17 1:17 p.m.

First Baptist Church Timpson Announcement:

With a concern for the safety of those traveling with rain continuing to fall and the concern for hazards on the roads, we have decide to cancel tonight services. Please share this on your Facebook page and call those that aren't on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you Sunday morning for a time of worship and fellowship.

 

8/30/17 12:42 p.m.

TxDOT ALERT: Flooded roads reported in Shelby County: FM 3184 at Blue Creek and FM 139 at Bayou Siepe. #turnarounddontdrown

 

8/30/17 11:34 a.m.

JOAQUIN ISD Announcement: The Joaquin JV football game against Tenaha scheduled for tomorrow (08/31) has been cancelled.

 

8/30/17 11:22 a.m.

First United Methodist Church Center:

HELP NEEDED!

We have been asked to serve meals to the evacuees in Center on Thursday and Saturday nights. We will serve the meal at the church in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 each evening.

We were already looking to serve on Saturday: we'll serve smoked chicken, baked beans and potato salad and desserts. The chicken and desserts are taken care of. Let me know here or call the church office and let us know what you would be able to offer on Saturday.

For tomorrow (Thursday), is there anyone who could bring chicken spaghetti, salad, garlic bread or dessert? Let me know here or call the church office.

Thanks for all you do! Karen

 

8/30/17 10 a.m.

DETEC reports:

As of 10 AM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 3,660 outages as Tropical Storm Harvey moves through the area.

Shelby County: 63 meters out

Nacogdoches County: 403

San Augustine County: 515

Sabine County: 1,345

Jasper County: 982

Newton County: 328

 

8/30/17 9:13 a.m.

TxDOT ALERT: SH 21 at Maddux Creek Bridge at FM 330 and FM 3448 in Sabine County is flooded. Don't drive through flooded roadways. #TurnAroundDontDrown

 

8/30/17 9:07 a.m.

TxDOT ALERT: FM 83 in Pineland between FM 1 and US 96 is flooded. For a list of closures/flooded roads, visit drivetexas.org.

 

8/30/17 8:43 a.m.

TxDOT ALERT: SH 87 South at Sandy Creek near FM 3315 in Sabine County is flooded. Don't drive through flooded roadways. #TurnAroundDontDrown

 

8/30/17 8:09 a.m.

TxDOT ALERT: US 87 South in Sabine County is flooded and impassable. Visit drivetexas.org for all closures. #TurnAroundDontDrown

 

8/30/17 8 a.m.

As of 8 AM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 2,270 outages as Tropical Storm Harvey moves through the area.

Shelby County: 202

Nacogdoches County: 129

San Augustine County: 142

Sabine County: 1,103

Jasper County: 503

Newton County: 191

DETEC crews and contractors are working to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.  DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous.

Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines.

With the current rainfall levels and the projected rainfall in the future, please understand that restoration efforts may be slowed considerably to ensure the safety of our lineman and contractors.

ž If you or someone in your household is dependent upon life support,  identify a location you can move to that has an alternate power source.

ž Check backup generators for proper operations and remember to carefully follow generator safety precautions including NOT operating a generator indoors.

ž Monitor local weather conditions.

ž Follow warnings from local authorities. If you must travel, check drivetexas.org, for road closures and hazard information.

Please report outages, by calling: 1-800-392-5986

 

8/29/17

Facebook Post: East Texas folks. This trailer is staged at the Tractor Supply Parking lot in Center Texas, to be filled with goods to be delivered to Houston area. Please tell everyone to fill it up! Whatever y'all have! Mr. Don has taken it upon himself to transport this trailer with its goods to where it need to go! PLEASE DONATE whatever you can!!

Food, clothing, diapers. You name it! Just put it in the trailer!! SHARE THIS PLEASE!

 

8/28/17

Facebook Post: We have a cargo trailer at McAdams Propane we would like to fill and deliver to Houston. According to information I received, they are in need of water, toiletries, diapers, formula and towels. Feel free to drop off any donations at our office, 191 US Hwy 96N Center Texas. Please let us know if you would like to donate.

Office 936-598-7444

Joshua McAdams 936-590-1002

Billy Bob McAdams 936-590-0117

 

8/28/17

Facebook Post: Danny N Daphne LaRock – Hurricane Harvey Rescue Team has headed out! Prayers for safe travels! Please Pray for a hedge of protection over all involved.. Thanks to everyone that brought over supplies last night. #prayingforhouston