City of Orange Sandbagging Location – Memorial Field

The City of Orange has opened a sandbagging location at Memorial Field, located on Eddleman Drive near Meeks Drive. Please be aware, this is a self serve station while resources are available. Residents will need to provide their own shovels and be prepared to self fill sandbags.…

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City of Orange Library closed Saturday, August 26, 2017

The City of Orange Library will be closed Saturday, August 26, 2017.…

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Orange City Council Special Call Meeting Cancelled – August 29, 2017

The August 29, 2017 Special Call Meeting of the Orange City Council has been cancelled.…

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Tropical Storm Harvey – August 24, 2017

Orange County Emergency Management continues to monitor Tropical Storm Harvey as it is strengthening quickly and expected to become a hurricane later today.  Landfall is currently expected in the early morning hours Saturday along the central Texas Coast.

The National Weather Service has advised Orange County to monitor Tropical Depression Harvey and begin taking precautions for the threat of heavy rainfall. Orange County is preparing for extended rain and possible flooding that may last for several days

Underpasses may not drain, so please watch for barricades.  In some situations, flooding may occur rapidly without time for barricades.

Orange County residents are encouraged to closely monitor the situation by visiting the National Hurricane Center online at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ or http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/news/AL092017_key_messages.png.

Residents are currently able to fill their own sandbags at sites listed on the attached sheet.  Beginning Friday, August 25, 2017 at 7am until 3pm Orange County Precincts 1 and 4 will have sand bags pre-filled for senior citizens and disabled residents only. Precinct 1 is located at North Highway 87 at Teal Road in Orange and Precinct 4 is at 375 Claiborne Street in Vidor.

We want to remind Orange County residents about weather conditions associated with Tropical Storms.

Be aware of Flooding.

We are offering some flooding tips to help you prepare for the incoming weather. Floods are unpredictable and destructive, they can cause death and injuries, isolate communities, damage major infrastructure, cut essential services, destroy property and livelihoods. Flooding could happen anywhere, at any time and from a variety of water sources including rivers and creeks, storm tides, overflowing catchments and due to heavy rainfall. Apart from the physical damage to property, experiencing a flood can be an extremely emotional time. If you are not prepared for the possibility of a flood, recovery can be slow, stressful and costly. A few hours spent making your home secure, preparing an emergency kit and flood plan can help you to survive the effect of a flood.

You need to:

  • Understand the flood risk to your area
  • Prepare your home and property
  • Respond when water comes
  • Recover after a flood

You can prepare for flooding in a number of ways:

  • Check with your local authorities about local flood plans or records which detail problem areas
  • Ask authorities about relocation routes
  • Prepare an emergency kit
  • Prepare a household flood plan
  • Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers on display
  • Check your insurance policy to see if you are covered for flood damage?

If flooding is due make your safety a priority and if you have time try to prepare your property:

  • Secure hazardous items
  • Roll up rugs, move furniture, electrical items and valuables to a higher level
  • Place important personal documents, valuables and vital medical supplies into a waterproof case in an accessible location
  • If you are relocating, take your pets with you if it is safe to do so. If not provide adequate food and water and move them to a safer place
  • Monitor local news forecasts, social media and warnings online and listen to your local Radio stations

Relocating to safer ground: If rising waters threaten your home and you decide to move to a safer location be sure to do the following:

  • Monitor your local radio for warnings and advice
  • Pack warm clothing, essential medication, valuables and personal papers in waterproof bags along with your emergency kit.
  • Raise furniture, clothing and valuables onto beds, tables and into roof space place electrical items in the highest place
  • Empty freezers and refrigerators, leaving doors open to avoid damage or loss if they float.
  • Turn off power, water and gas and take your mobile phone
  • Whether you leave or stay, utilize sand bags provided by local authorities
  • Lock your home and take recommended relocation routes for your area
  • Do not drive into water

Too late to leave:

  • Monitor your local news media, social media, and news radio radio for warnings and advice
  • Get to higher ground
  • Switch off electricity and gas supplies to your home
  • Prepare to move vehicles, outdoor equipment, garbage, chemical and poisons to higher locations
  • Prepare for the well-being of pets
  • Raise furniture above likely flood levels
  • Check your emergency kit
  • Do not allow children to play in or near floodwaters
  • Avoid entering floodwaters,.
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Tropical Depression Harvey – August 23, 2017

The National Weather Service has advised Orange County to monitor Tropical Depression Harvey and begin taking precautions for the threat of heavy rainfall. Orange County is preparing for extended rain and possible flooding that may last for several days. Please check ditches and other areas for debris that may cause drainage issues in the event of flooding.

Underpasses may not drain, so please watch for barricades. In some situations, flooding may occur rapidly without time for barricades.

Orange County residents are encouraged to closely monitor the situation by visiting the National Hurricane Center online at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ or http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/news/AL092017_key_messages.png.

FLOOD SAFETY TIPS
• In rainy weather, be alert and stay tuned to local radio or TV.
• If you are in a low-lying area when flooding is occurring, get to higher ground quickly.
• Secure outdoor furniture, garbage cans, children’s toys and other property that could float away.
• Clear the drains and gutters of debris.
• Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. It can take as little as six inches of water to knock an adult off his or her feet. Furthermore, water may be flowing more rapidly than it appears.
• Never allow children to play near ditches and storm drains.
• Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see flood dangers.
• Animals and snakes may be affected by floodwaters and may be more prone to attack.
• If there is a loss of power, treat all intersections as a four way stop.
• Nearly 50 percent of all flash flood fatalities nationwide involve vehicles. Saving your life can be as easy as turning your car around when you see water on the road. Never attempt to drive through flooded roadways.
• Avoid underpasses.
• Even in relatively shallow water, tires can act as flotation devices, lifting up big vehicles and sending them downstream. It takes only two feet of water to float a 3,000-pound car.
• Beware that water covering roadways may hide washed-out bridges or gouged-out roadbeds. If you attempt to drive across, you may not be driving on a road.
• If you drive through high water, remember to watch your speed. Your vehicle may be able to maneuver in high water, but you will push water in to homes and cause problems for others.
• Remember: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN

Officials will continue to monitor the situation and will post further updates as they become available.

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