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City of Port Arthur
News Release
Monday, August 28, 2017

Port Arthur, Texas - The City of Port Arthur and The American Red Cross have opened the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur as an available shelter. Currently, there is NO mandatory evacuation for Port Arthur.

·     Absolutely no alcohol is permitted

·     Firearms are NOT permitted

·     18 years and older MUST have a valid state issued form of identification

·     Remember to bring any medications and testing supplies that may be needed

·     Clothing will not be provided/distributed

·     Basic toiletries will be provided

·     Food will be provided (we cannot accommodate special diet needs)

·     Infant formula and baby food is NOT available

Please travel carefully to the Civic Center to seek shelter. Water covering roadways is extremely dangerous, and we urge everyone to exercise extreme caution when driving.

The National Weather Service continues to monitor Tropical Storm Harvey as it moves off the central Texas coast, enters Gulf waters and makes landfall again on the upper Texas coast Wednesday morning. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Jefferson County and western Cameron Parish. A tropical storm watch is in effect for eastern Cameron Parish and Vermilion Parish. Wind gusts of 30-40 mph near the coast is expected in the watch and warning areas during the strongest thunderstorms.

The largest threat continues to be rain and floods. We are expecting an additional 10-15 inches of rain in Southeast Texas and Southwestern Louisiana.

The City continues to work with our federal, state and local partners to assess the storm. For continuous updates please visit

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