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Tue
19
Jun

City to reinstate dilapidated home ordinance on January 1, 2019

George Garza
The Vidorian

The Rose City City Council is worried about flood-damaged homes in their city that are not being repaired or rebuilt. The council is also worried about a number of temporarily installed manufactured homes that violate the city’s municipal manufactured home code. So the council decided to set a deadline for reinstating the dilapidated structure ordinance for January 1, 2019.

Following the devastation to the city caused by Hurricane Harvey, the city temporarily suspended ordinances regarding dilapidated or unsafe structures in the city and the ban on travel trailers to give residents leeway to temporarily reside on their flood damaged properties as they worked to rebuild.

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Tue
19
Jun

County to apply for buy-out funds

George Garza
The Vidorian

The Orange County Commissioners Court voted last week to notify the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) about the county’s intent to participate in the Hurricane Harvey Buy-Out/Acquisition Program offered to the Commission by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency through the Texas General Land Office (GLO). The Texas GLO Acquisition Program is but one of two flood property buy-out programs that Orange County may become eligible for. The other program is offered by FEMA.

In the FEMA program bought-out properties must be cleared of all structures and become the property of the local government entity in perpetuity and no structure can be rebuilt on the bought-out property.

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Tue
19
Jun

VPD sets up drug enforcement agreement

George Garza
The Vidorian

The Vidor Police Department has set up memorandums of understanding (MOU’s) with the Rose City Marshal’s office and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office allowing for jurisdictional authority for law enforcement officers to work in each other’s jurisdictions and to offer assistance to each other on drug enforcement matters.

“Basically, these MOU’s that we have on our Vidor City Council agenda for approval tonight are with the Jasper Sheriff’s Office and the City of Rose City and they are identical,” said Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll. “What they will do is to allow their officers to assist us with our investigations into narcotics and we will be able to assist them.”

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Tue
19
Jun

Red Cross Opening Shelter

ORANGE (June 19, 2018) – The American Red Cross in coordination with the Orange County Office of Emergency Management has opened a shelter for those who may be impacted by severe weather conditions, including flooding.

Shelter location:

Orange County Convention and Expo Center

11475 FM 1442 Orange, Texas 77630

Shelter operating hours: Open now.

Tue
19
Jun

Vidor roads are flooded

Wet Week

Water pooling on Orange Street in front of Vidor High School Tuesday saw most motorists slowing down and moving to the crown where the water was shallower although some drivers seemed to see how high and far they could send water flying. With several inches of rain having already fallen and more rain predicted through the rest of the week, additional street flooding is expected.

At 11:37 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the Orange County Emergency Management Office announced that the following roads in Vidor are flooded and urged citizens not to drive down these roads.

VIDOR AREA

Michelle Avenue

Claiborne Street

Mansfield Ferry Road

Orange Street

Orange County Emergency Management continues to monitor flooding in Orange County and urges citizens to stay off all roadways due to flooding waters. There are many dangers of driving into flooded roadways. When there’s water across a road, drivers should always turn around and choose a different route. Texas Department of Transportation has the following tips:

- Six inches of water can cause tires to lose traction and begin to slide.

- Twelve inches of water can float many cars. Two feet of rushing water will carry off pick-up trucks, SUVs and most other vehicles.

- Water across a road may hide a missing segment of roadbed or a missing bridge.

Thu
14
Jun

$2 million worth of Schoolhouse Ditch drainage work continuing

By Randall Luker

Almost $2 million in grant projects involving removal and replacement of undersized culverts along Schoolhouse Ditch is continuing south of Interstate 10, including Orange Street, scheduled to be completed by Fall 2018.

From old Hwy 90 north to East Courtland, with the exception the culverts beneath the KCS Railroad, is being done under Phase 3 of the Hurricane Ike/Dolly Round 2.1 Critical Infrastructure Project, while the crossing at Orange Street near the high school will get upgraded culverts under Phase 4A.

 

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Thu
14
Jun

Summer cooking camp is fun activity

By George Garza

Despite the constant admonitions to be clean, to clean up and to wash their hands and to wash their dishes, sixty Orange County youth have been having a marvelous time at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office’s Youth Summer 2018 Cooking Camp, being held all this week. This is day-camping at its best and every aspect of the camp is held indoors for the 60 kids whose parents signed them up back in April. And believe it or not, there is a waiting list in case any child has to drop out of the camp.

“We have a full house at this year’s cooking camp,” said Ms. Fallon Foster, Family/Community Health Agent with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Orange County.

 

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Tue
12
Jun

Port Arthur man dies in double collision

George Garza
The Vidorian

A twenty-five year-old Port Arthur man was killed in an unusual double collision that occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-10 near F.M. 1132. The Texas Department of Public Safety identifies the man who was the driver and sole occupant of the car that was hit twice as Paul Franco, 25, from Port Arthur. Mr. Franco was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Elizabeth’s Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Texas DPS Troopers are still investigating these two crashes that took place in the early morning hours of Sunday within moments of each other. 

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Tue
12
Jun

Over 1,100 volunteers coming to help Vidor

George Garza
The Vidorian

Is the final repair to your Hurricane Harvey home stalled because of finances or no insurance? Are you at your wits end at how you can get your family and your family’s home back to a more normal situation? Have you found yourself overwhelmed by the amount physical labor you’ll have to do, just to get insulation, walls and floors done?

Nehemiah’s Vision may just have an answer for you.

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Tue
12
Jun

OCWC&ID Directors swear-in

Recently, three Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 Directors, whose terms of elected office ended in May, were sworn-in for new three-year terms of office.

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