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City of Port Arthur
News Release
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Port Arthur, Texas - The City of Port Arthur and its residents continue to experience the effects of Tropical Storm Harvey in the form of severe flooding and rainfall. In advance of the storm Mayor Derrick Freeman signed a disaster declaration to address the impacts this storm would have on the City. During this morning's City Council meeting Council voted to extend the disaster declaration for an additional week.

Port Arthur Police and Fire Departments are operating on emergency schedules and will maintain an increased presence throughout the City during this time. Additionally, the City's Public Works and Water Utilities personnel are also working to address emergencies during this weather event.

The American Red Cross have opened the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur as an available shelter. As of Noon today there are 52 individuals at the shelter. If you need shelter there is space available. 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.

We are experiencing moderate street flooding throughout the City.

The following streets are currently impassable:

1900-2600 Savannah Avenue

200-400 Dorsey in Port Acres

25th Street from Florida Avenue to Savannah Avenue

South Hwy 87 to Sabine Pass is currently open, but do NOT attempt to navigate unless you are in an elevated vehicle.

Westbound Hwy 73 from the Rainbow Bridge has approximately six inches of water standing on the roadway.

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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