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Updates: Port Arthur ISD set to resume in-person classes on Thursday

Here is the most up-to-date information as Tropical Depression Beta moves through Southeast Texas.

BEAUMONT, Texas — Southeast Texas is preparing for what could be a 'long duration rainfall event' this week according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Beta made landfall overnight Monday into Tuesday near Port Lavaca, Texas and is expected to bring some heavy rains over portions of the middle and upper Texas Gulf coast.

The storm will move northeast along the coast through Wednesday, becoming a depression by the time it reaches Houston. It weakened to a depression on Tuesday, and is now a 'Post Tropical Cyclone' according to the National Hurricane Center. 

Here are some key updates by day for Southeast Texas. 

You can find more details by scrolling through the story, which we are continually updating. The newest items will be at the top. 

RELATED: Port Arthur officials issue voluntary evacuation order for Sabine Pass, Pleasure Island ahead of Tropical Storm Beta

MORE | DriveTexas.org has the latest road conditions in Texas

3:30 p.m., Sept. 22: Port Arthur ISD is set to resume in-person learning on Thursday, September 24 for students who opted in for face-to-face classes.

"Therefore, Pre-K, Kindergarten, PPCD/ECSE, Life Skills, and Career and Technical Education Students will return on to In-person instruction on Thursday, September 24, 2020, along with 1st, 2nd, and 9th Grade students," PAISD said. 

2:46 p.m., Sept. 22: TxDOT Houston says ferry operations have resumed as conditions temporarily improved on Tuesday. They will continue until about 5 or 6 p.m. while conditions allow.  

9:15a.m., Sept 22: The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises that portions of LA 82 between the Texas state line (MM 0.00) and Holly Beach (MM 27.0) are experiencing intermittent high water.

8:45 a.m., Sept 22: A portion of Highway 87 from Taylor Bayou south to Sabine Pass has some water over the road according to DriveTexas.org.

8 a.m., Sept 22: Traffic heading over the Rainbow Bridge along Highway 87 in Port Arthur is down to one lane as water is covering one lane near the foot of the bridge on the Jefferson County side.

Credit: KBMT
Credit: KBMT

7:45 a.m., Sept 22: Portions of LA 82 between the Texas state line and about 27 miles east near Holly Beach are experiencing intermittent high water according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation.

MORE | Louisiana road conditions at 511La.org

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Sunday

7:45 p.m., Sept. 20, 2020 - TxDOT alerted drivers about worsening road conditions on Hwy. 87 between Rollover Pass and SH 124. High water has already overtaken parts of the road, and officials are recommending you do not drive in that area. 

7:00 p.m., Sept. 20, 2020 - Beaumont ISD is closing its campuses and district buildings on Monday and Tuesday. BISD is postponing its face-to-face classes that were set to begin on Monday, and BISD will 'communicate a decision' about the remainder of the week to students and staff by Tuesday. 

BISD students and staff will switch to virtual learning for Monday and Tuesday.  

5:00 p.m., Sept. 20, 2020 - Starting on Monday at 10 a.m., the city of Nederland will have sandbags available at 2301 Avenue H, Doornbos Park. 10 bag limit per vehicle or address. You will need to bring proof of residency, and should bring a shovel with you.  

3:45 p.m., Sept. 20, 2020 - Sabine Pass ISD won't have in-person learning on Monday, Sept. 21 due to the voluntary evacuation order that's in place for Sabine Pass and Pleasure Island.  

2:45 p.m., Sept. 20, 2020 - Orange County will offer sandbags for residents at several locations, and officials said people need to bring a shovel. Here are the locations. 

  • Precinct 1 Barn – North Hwy 87 at North Teal Road
  • Precinct 2 - 11897 State Hwy 62 in Mauriceville directly across from Market Basket
  • Precinct 3 Barn – 2502 West Roundbunch Road
  • Precinct 4 Barn – 375 Claiborne Street

"If you live in a low-lying coastal area prone to flooding you should take the necessary precautions now due to the potential storm surge of 2-4 feet that is currently predicted," officials said. "Forecast predictions are 5 -15 inches of rainfall, some isolated areas may receive more over a four-day period with the biggest threat of flash-flooding and storm surge on Tuesday. Tropical wind gusts between 20-40 mph will begin this evening and possibly extend through Wednesday."

2:30 p.m., Sept. 20, 2020 - Port Arthur ISD has cancelled in-person classes for the week of September 21-25. Students will have online classes. 

11:30 a.m., Sept. 20, 2020 - Lamar State College-Port Arthur announced classes are set to continue as usual this week. "LSCPA officials will continue to monitor the situation and make new announcements as necessary based on any change in the trajectory or intensity of TS Beta," the school said on its website. 

11 a.m., Sept. 20, 2020 - Port Arthur Mayor Thurman Bartie held a press conference, announcing a voluntary evacuation order for Sabine Pass and Pleasure Island. Bartie said the two areas are the most low-lying areas in the city.

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