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Hurricane plans: TxDOT evacuation routes, road conditions

As Southeast Texas cities and counties encourage people to have emergency plans in place ahead of severe weather, here are some resources to help you plan.

BEAUMONT, Texas — Some Southeast Texas cities and counties are issuing evacuation orders as the area braces for possible impacts from the tropics. 

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Travel Plans

If you're thinking of leaving the area, you might be wondering exactly which way is the best route. 

If you want to see a map showing evacuation routes for the Beaumont and Port Arthur are, you can see it here

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has granted free passage to motorists on the Harris County tollway system to support evacuations along the Gulf coast.

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Jefferson County

Jefferson County issued a county-wide evacuation order on Monday night. The order, issued by Jefferson County Judge Branick, will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 25.

"Please take extra precautions to pack up your home and family and finalize your plans," the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook. "Monitor your local weather authorities on hurricane updates. Pay attention to anticipated wind speeds and their duration along with storm surge predictions."

Evacuations by bus in Beaumont will be shut down at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Those who need transportation out of the are must be at one of the assembly sites or at Westbrook High  School by 10:30 a.m.

Evacuation bus assembly sites

  • West Brook High School (Evacuation Hub), 8750 Phelan
  • Beaumont United High School, 3443 Fannett Rd
  • MLK Middle School, 1400 Avenue A
  • Smith Middle School, 4415 Concord
  • Charlton Pollard, 825 Jackson
  • Guess Elementary, 8055 Old Voth Rd
  • Jones-Clark Elementary, 3525 Cleveland
  • Lucas Elementary, 1750 E. Lucas
  • Martin Elementary, 3500 Pine
  • Pietzch-Macarthur Elementary Schools, 4301 Highland

Port Arthur

The mayor of Port Arthur told 12News he's calling for a mandatory evacuation of the city, effective at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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Hurricane Evacuation Map

The Evacuation Tips and Hurricane Preparedness Port Arthur officials are requiring all citizens who may need transportation to safety to call (409) 983-8767; or (409) 548-3316, to arrange for pickup to be able to move to a safe location.

All residents needing bus rides out of the Port Arthur Area must be registered at the Bob Bowers Civic Center by noon to catch the last busses out of the area.  

 Everyone's temperature will be checked at the Civic Center by healthcare workers and all evacuees are required to wear face coverings, according to Mayor Bartie.

Passengers are limited to one bag each and pets are allowed, but only in crates or carriers.

Orange County

Orange County is issuing a mandatory evacuation for the entire county.

The order was issued for all residents, with a few exceptions. Essential oil terminals, pipelines and oil supply facilities employees, healthcare providers and government workers were exempt from the evacuation order.

The order became effective on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 6 a.m.

Hardin County

Hardin County issued a voluntary evacuation order for the entire county Tuesday morning.

Newton County

Newton County, Texas, issued a mandatory evacuation order on Tuesday. The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. on Aug. 25 until further notice.

To see evacuation maps for the state of Texas, you can also find that on TxDOT.gov. 

Texas road conditions and closures can be seen online at DriveTexas.org.The state says it's important that you don't try to drive through standing water. 

"Just a few inches can float a vehicle," according to the Texas Department of Transportation. 

You can also follow TxDOT on Facebook as they post updates about the storms. 

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