News

Tue
12
Sep

Vidor kids back to school Tuesday

By George Garza

Harvey’s devastating floods put up to three feet of floodwater in Vidor Middle School and Oak Forest Elementary School. There is also lesser water damage in a few buildings of the Vidor High School campus.

According to Vidor I.S.D. School Superintendent Dr. Jay Killgo the damage at Vidor Middle School and Oak Forest Elementary School is catastrophic and will require a minimum of six months of renovation and refurnishing before the buildings can be used for teaching again.

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Tue
12
Sep

Notice from VISD Superintendent Killgo

VISD Students and Parents,

Our hearts go out to everyone in our district affected by the flooding of Hurricane Harvey. We know the devastation and upheaval that so many of you are working with right now. The school district is working hard to reopen for our students; we want to help restore normalcy to your lives and help get our students back into a comfortable routine.

Two of our campuses, Oak Forest Elementary and Vidor Middle School, suffered damage that will take several months to correct. It is our goal to reopen next Tuesday, September 19, for the first day of the 2017-2018 school year. When we return, the students from Oak Forest and Vidor Middle School will move to the locations specified below:

• 6th grade students will attend Vidor Junior High School.

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Tue
12
Sep

Tiger, Caney Creeks spill into Pine Forest

City Hall badly damaged

By George Garza

After suffering the flooding of fifty plus inches of rain, the City of Pine Forest then watched as Tiger Creek and Caney Creek rose out of their banks to inundate much of the city.

“As you can see, City Hall was totally destroyed and we are just now getting a computer back up,” said Pine Forest Mayor Cathy Nagel last Thursday.

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Tue
12
Sep

No set date for debris pickup

By Randall Luker

As Vidor residents busy themselves with clearing out flooded homes and piling debris in sorted piles by the side of the road, Vidor officials are working out the details of a contract to have that debris removed and hauled away.

“We are trying to coordinate that with the county,” Vidor City Mike Kunst said Tuesday. While details are being worked out, a contract has not been nailed down, but one is expected soon, Kunst added.

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Tue
29
Aug

Voluntary evacuation called

Orange County Judge Brint Carlton has issued a call for voluntary evacuations of Rose City, Pine Forest and those parts of Vidor west and South of F.M. 105.

According to a news release issued at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday by the Orange County Emergency Operations Center, the decision for evacuation was based on meteorologist predictions of possibly another 10 inches of rain falling in western Orange County.

The news release reads as follows:

As of 12:45p.m. today, based on the latest National Weather Service forecast, Orange County Judge Brint Carlton, in coordination with all city mayors, has issued a voluntary evacuation notice for the following Orange County areas:

Sun
27
Aug

VISD Schools cancel Monday classes

According to Sally Andrews, Coordinator of Community Relations at VISD, Vidor Schools will be closed on Monday, August 28. We will monitor the situation and decide about subsequent days. Student safety is our utmost concern.

Thu
24
Aug

School speed zones go back in effect next Monday

As of press time on Thursday, the Vidor I.S.D. has not yet announced if there will be any changes in their first day of school schedule slated for Monday morning,

 

August 28th due to expected street flooding that result from Hurricane Harvey. But, regardless if school is canceled on Monday, sometime next week Vidor school children will be returning to school and it is the responsibility of every Vidor driver to watch out for their safety.

 

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Thu
24
Aug

Hurricane Harvey aims at Texas coast

By George Garza

 

Shortly before noon on Thursday, the National Weather Service determined that Tropical Storm Harvey had increase its strength to include sustained wind of 74 miles per hour or faster and changed the storm’s status for tropical storm to Hurricane Harvey.

 

Shortly after that emergency management coordinators for the City of Vidor and Orange County met in teleconference to discuss the potential impact of the storm for Vidor and Orange County.

 

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Thu
24
Aug

Get ready for heavy rains this weekend; Street flooding likely in Vidor

Sand and sandbags are ready at the City of Vidor Limb Lot across the street from the Public Works Department at 155 N. Watts Street. This sand is for City of Vidor residents only and there is a limit of ten bags full of sand per resident. Please bring a shovel to fill your own bags.

George Garza
The Vidorian

Wed
23
Aug

Scrimmages Moved

Due to field conditions, all Vidor High School scrimmages have been moved to the Vidor Junior High School football field. The times will remain the same: freshmen at 4:00 p.m., junior varisty at 5:00 p.m. and varsity at 6:00 p.m.

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