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September 5, 2017 Updates

Big Thicket National Preserve News Release

For Immediate Release: September 5, 2017

Contact: Jason A. Ginder, jason_ginder@nps.gov

 

Hurricane Harvey Recovery at

Big Thicket National Preserve

KOUNTZE, Texas, September 5, 2017– We are pleased to report that the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center has reopened to the public. Today we have begun distributing Hunting Permits for the 2017-18 hunting season. As of this morning, only 5 miles of trails have been cleared and opened to the public, including the Sundew Trail, the Pitcher Plant Trail, the Beech Woods Trail and the Bird Watchers Trail. All other trails are closed until safety and condition assessments can be completed. If you come across a "Trail Closed" sign, please do not enter the trail. Many bridges, boardwalks, and trail surfaces have been significantly impacted by the storm. No back-country camping permits will be issued until additional trail assessments can be completed. All ranger-led programs scheduled for the week of September 4th, including the night hike on Wednesday, have been cancelled. If you have questions, please contact the preserve visitor center.

As part of the Southeast Texas community, National Park Service employees have been working since the beginning of the storm to assist our employees and neighbors. During the week of August 21, the staff of Big Thicket National Preserve activated its "Tropical Storm and Hurricane Plan", preparing facilities and personnel for the arrival of Tropical Storm Harvey. By the time the storm made landfill on Friday, August 25th it had reached Hurricane status. Due to unprecedented flooding, intermittent power outages, and a lack of potable water, all preserve facilities remained closed for more than a week. On Wednesday, August 29th, the preserve stood up a local Type 3 Incident Command Team led by Big Thicket National Preserve Fire Management Officer Fulton Jeansonne, to begin to ensure preserve employees are accounted for and safe, complete a professional condition assessment of park assets, and initiate ordering of recovery resources.  

Throughout the storm and post-storm events National Park Service (NPS) Park Rangers worked side-by-side with Texas Parks and Wildlife Officers and other local officials rendering aid too many community members. NPS staff used airboats and other specialized equipment to rescue Southeast Texans from the rising flood waters.

 

NPS staff have assessed the northern units of the preserve and determined that all structure are sound. Widespread and persistent flooding has hampered work in many of the preserve’s southern units, especially in the Beaumont Unit and the Pine Island Bayou Corridor Unit.

On Saturday, September 2nd, Big Thicket National Preserve staff was joined by an eleven-person Intermountain Region Incident Management Team, a group of the Department of the Interior and National Park Service employees from across the country, here to assist in damage assessment and incident response. With their assistance, park staff began working to survey all park trails and day-use-areas.  

At this time, visitors should consider all access points and day-use areas managed by the National Park Service along the Neches River to be closed. Floodwaters have carried in debris, compromised banks, and created unsafe conditions along all creeks, rivers, and waterways throughout the region. Due to high flood waters, increased flow, and strong currents, we discourage visitors from attempting to paddle or motorboat any waterway in the preserve.

We are pleased to report that post-Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts wrapped-up successfully and safely over the weekend and overall operations are gearing down. Assessment of the park infrastructure will continue for many weeks to come.

Earlier today the Intermountain Region Incident Management Team demobilized and all remaining incident response will be completed by the Big Thicket National Preserve Type 3 Incident Command Team.

For general information about Big Thicket National Preserve, visit www.nps.gov/bith or call the preserve visitor center at 409-951-6700. Visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/BigThicketNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/BigThicketNPS, and Instagram www.instagram.com/BigThicketNPS.

 

www.nps.gov

 Beaumont Stands Strong, Southeast Texas Begins Recovery Process

BEAUMONT, Texas (September 5, 2017) –  From downpour to outpour - Beaumont is beginning the process of recovery after weathering the storm that was Hurricane Harvey. We, together as a proud community and with fantastic volunteer support from fellow Texans and beyond, will diligently rebuild our beautiful, historic city in the following weeks and months. 

We are very thankful for and proud of the first responders and all those who have tirelessly answered the call to keep our residents safe over the past week. We would like to specifically thank our Texas Tourism friends and partners, the Cajun Navy and all our Louisiana neighbors for their assistance. 

Most Beaumont hotels are open and currently helping to house displaced residents and first responders. Their warm hospitality and the outpouring of human kindness from the staff of these properties makes us so proud. Local attractions, restaurants and businesses are starting to reopen.  The Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau Office is in very good shape and our staff plans to be open to the public starting Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. We will be keeping up with our progress at  http://www.beaumontcvb.com/hurricane-harvey

We appreciate everyone who has reached out to help Beaumont and Southeast Texas as we rebuild. We are hard at work repairing the beautiful city of Beaumont and yes, we are #BeaumontStrong.

For more information, contact Stephanie Molina at the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau 409-880-3749, 1-800-392-4401, or email stephanie.molina@beaumonttexas.gov.  

 

The President of the Port A Chamber of Commerce has been working closely with theU.S. Small Business Administration(SBA) since last week in securing their services and presence in PORT A as soon as possible to assist in the recovery process for our business community.

We are happy to announce that representatives of the SBA will be in Port A beginning this Tuesday @ 1pm, to meet with any and all businesses to discuss how SBA can assist your business in its recovery from Hurricane Harvey. Please see the below press release from the SBA.

They will be located in the Community Center and sharing the Center with FEMA.

 

We're Port A Proud!

 

Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

 

SBA toOpenBusinessRecoveryCenterinPort Aransasto HelpBusinesses ImpactedbyHurricane Harvey

SACRAMENTO, Calif.– TheU.S. Small Business AdministrationandtheTexas Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center Networktoday announced the opening ofa business recovery center inPort Aransason Tuesday, Sept. 5to providea wide range of services to businesses impacted byHurricane Harveythat began Aug.23, 2017.Thecenter will openasindicated below.

“Due to the severe property damage and economic lossesHurricane Harveyinflicted on businesses inTexas, we want to provide every available service to help get them back on their feet,” saidSBA’sHarlingenDistrict DirectorAngela R. Burton.“The centerwill provide a one-stop location for businesses to access a variety of specialized help.SBA customer service representatives andSBDCbusiness advisorswill be available to meet individually with each business owner,”she added.No appointment is necessary.Allservices are provided free of charge.

 

BusinessRecoveryCenter

NUECESCOUNTY

Port Aransas Community Center

(next to the museum)

408 N.Alister St.

Port Aransas, TX78373

Opens1p.m.Tuesday,Sept.5

Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

“SBAcustomer servicerepresentatives will meet with each business owner to explain how an SBA disaster loan can help finance their recovery.They will answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each business owner complete theirelectronic loanapplication,”Burtonsaid.

 

According to Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network Executive Director Dr. Steve Lawrence, SBDC business advisors at the center will provide business assistance to clients on a wide variety of matters designed to help small business owners re-establish their operations, overcome the effects of the disaster and plan for their future.Services include assessing business economic injury, evaluating the business’s strength, cash flow projections and most importantly, a review of options with the business owner to help them evaluate their alternatives and make decisions that are appropriate for theirsituation.

According toBurton, businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.These loans cover lossesthat are not fully covered by insurance or other recoveries.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.Economic Injury Disaster Loanassistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Business owners may alsoapply online using SBA’s secure website athttps://disasterloan.sba.gov/elaorget help from SBA representatives at any Disaster Recovery Center inTexas.Disaster loan informationisalso available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800)659-2955or emailingdisastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800)877‑8339. For moredisaster assistance information,visithttp://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX76155.

 

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is Oct. 24, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 25, 2018.

 


 

 


 


 

August 31, 2017 Updates

Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau

9 a.m. August 31 Update - Galveston is no stranger to hurricanes, but this time the island is in a position it didn’t expect. Galveston fared relatively well during Hurricane Harvey with its beaches, major attractions and historic sites being spared from serious damages. The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is assessing the impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey on the island’s tourism industry and working to keep our partners informed. Below is an update along with post-storm video footage and images of the island.

VIDEO: GALVESTON’S SEAWALL BEACHES

http://pressroom.galveston.com/download.aspx?g=bb792c94-0a91-4382-9943-7f7ad11d55a1

VIDEO: GALVESTON’S HISTORIC DOWNTOWN & PIER 21
http://pressroom.galveston.com/download.aspx?g=cb589276-c939-4443-bbd4-06559625161c

PHOTOS: BEACHES, DOWNTOWN, AROUND TOWN
http://pressroom.galveston.com/photos.aspx#Day After Hurricane Harvey 8/30/17

LATEST NEWS!

PORT OF GALVESTON/CRUISES
The Port of Galveston/Galveston Ship Channel is now open to vessels with less than 33 feet draft during daylight hours. The Carnival Freedom, Carnival Valor, Carnival Breeze and Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas are expected to return to Galveston between Friday and Saturday. For updates, visit http://www.portofgalveston.com/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=HURRICANE-HARVEY-23

CRUISE PARKING: If you would like to retrieve your vehicle or a family member’s vehicle please contact the Port of Galveston Police Department at 409-766-6169.

TRANSPORTATION
According to www.drivetexas.org, Interstate 45 is now open. Houston’s Hobby Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport have resumed limited domestic airline passenger service. The airports expect to return to full service this weekend. On Galveston Island, the Galveston-Bolivar Ferry is running. Scholes International Airport is open. The San Luis Pass Bridge is open. The city’s trolley service has been temporarily suspended.

ADDITIONAL UPDATES

HOTELS
Galveston’s hotels are open and operating. A few hotels have received minimal water and/or wind damage but no major issues have been reported. Several hotel and lodging venues are accepting FEMA vouchers and/or offering discounts to visitors impacted by the storm.

RESTAURANTS& SHOPS
Many of the island’s restaurants and bars are open to serve guests and residents. Click below for a list:
http://www.galveston.com/blog/625/restaurants-and-bars-in-galveston-reopen-after-harvey/

BEACHES
Seawall Urban Park is open and seawall beaches are accessible. West End beach access points are open. Stewart Beach and Dellanera RV Park will open tomorrow. East Beach and the West End Pocket Parks are closed due to limited staff.

ATTRACTIONS& EVENTS
Galveston’s major tourist attractions have made it through the storm with minimal damages. No major issues have been reported. Moody Gardens and The Grand 1894 Opera House are open.

The following attractions will open TOMORROW:

The Bryan Museum, Moody Mansion, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

Attractions operated by the Galveston Historical Foundation, including Bishop's Palace, 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, Pier 21 Theater and the Texas Seaport Museum *All with free admission through Sept. 4

Artist Boat will resume operations

PLUS
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark will open Saturday, Sept. 2.

The following events have been rescheduled:

BrewMaster’s Craft Beer Festival scheduled over Labor Day weekend has been postponed to a TBA date.
All events scheduled at East Beach for Labor Day weekend will be rescheduled for TBA dates.
Sunday’s scheduled fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico will be rescheduled.
Wicked Wine Run scheduled for Sept. 22 has been cancelled.
Last Saturday’s cancelled ArtWalk has been rescheduled for Sept. 9.
Last Saturday’s cancelled "Dixie's Tupperware Party" at The Grand 1894 Opera House has been rescheduled for Nov. 10.

For updates, please check our pressroom at http://pressroom.galveston.com or visit www.galveston.com.

 

Hotel Galvez/Tremont House/Harbor House

The Hotel Galvez, Tremont House, and Harbor House fared very well and are open for business as is most of Galveston! Please spread that word. Some of our associates, however, have lost everything so thank you for reaching out. - Patty Rouse, Complex Director of Sales and Marketing

Pleasure Pier

Thank you for the thoughts and prayers, we are currently planning to get the Pleasure Pier back open by tomorrow. We have power now so my team is on the Pier working hard. I appreciate TTIA reaching out to us however right now we’re in good shape. Thank you, Josh Hairgrove, General Manager

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston

Fortunately, Galveston did not get the catastrophic impact that the Houston metro area received, and was only affected as it moved back thru the Gulf to the east.
Mainly cleanup and a couple of canopy damage. We are open for the Holiday weekend 10am-6pm with limited areas and attractions.
Best regards, Ron Sutula, General Manager

Space Center Houston

To our friends and supporters:
Our hearts go out to all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey’s winds, torrential rain and the devastating flooding. The property damage in Texas is immense but it pales in comparison to the loss of life suffered from this natural disaster. Even in the darkest moments, we were uplifted with hope as ordinary people became extraordinary heroes.
I want to update you on Space Center Houston. Our employees and resident contractors are all safe, although some were displaced from their homes and lost personal property due to flooding. They have been our first priority. The center was secured throughout this unprecedented weather event and did not flood. We are preparing to re-open this Saturday, Sept. 2. Our artifacts are safe, including Independence Plaza which is engineered to withstand winds up to 120 miles per hour.
As recovery begins, it’s important to return to our normal life routines. As an expression of support, we are reducing our admission price by half to $15 over the Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-4, and will donate a third of all admissions to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. We also are offering free parking to our guests.
NASA Johnson Space Center will remain closed until Tuesday, Sept. 5, so we cannot offer our NASA Tram Tour or Level 9 tour; however, the rest of our museum’s exhibits, films and shows will be open and we are adding special daily appearances by an astronaut. Our summer exhibit closes on Labor Day.
We hope this provides our community with a clean, safe environment to cool off, take a break and provide all visitors with a place to burn off some energy while being inspired by the wonders of space exploration.
Space Center Houston is a family and our family has enjoyed a deep, meaningful relationship with Texans and especially the people of the greater Houston area. While the recovery efforts will be arduous and emotional, we are committed to rebuilding our communities through the strength of our bonds.
Sincerely,
William T. Harris, President and CEO, Space Center Houston, Manned Space Flight Education Foundation
 

August 30, 2017 Updates

Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau

Things are not so good in the Beaumont area and parts of I-10 are closed. My CVB team are all safe. - Dean Conwell, Executive Director

Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau’s monthly A La Mano Food Truck Friday event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on September 1 at North Bayfront Park (1590 N. Shoreline Blvd.).

This event will feature several local food trucks, live music by David Hancock, lawn games and a Hurricane Harvey Relief Collection Station. Guests are encouraged to bring new and unopened items and drop them off at the donation station located in the center of North Bayfront Park. - Teresa Rodriguez, Chief Public Affairs & Business Development Officer

Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau

Galveston is no stranger to hurricanes, but this time the island is in a position it didn’t expect. Galveston fared relatively well during Hurricane Harvey with its beaches, major attractions and historic sites being spared from serious damages. The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is assessing the impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey on the island’s tourism industry and working to keep our partners informed. Below is an update along with video footage and images taken this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with our Texas neighbors that were heavily impacted by the storm.

VIDEO: GALVESTON’S SEAWALL BEACHES TODAY – AUGUST 30, 2017

http://pressroom.galveston.com/download.aspx?g=bb792c94-0a91-4382-9943-7f7ad11d55a1

VIDEO: GALVESTON’S HISTORIC DOWNTOWN & PIER 21 – AUGUST 30, 2017
http://pressroom.galveston.com/download.aspx?g=cb589276-c939-4443-bbd4-06559625161c

PHOTOS: BEACHES, DOWNTOWN, AROUND TOWN TODAY – AUGUST 30, 2017
http://pressroom.galveston.com/photos.aspx#Day After Hurricane Harvey 8/30/17

HOTELS
Galveston’s hotels are open and operating. A few hotels have received minimal water and/or wind damage but no major issues have been reported. Several hotel and lodging venues are accepting FEMA vouchers and/or offering discounts to visitors impacted by the storm.

RESTAURANTS & SHOPS

While some of the island’s restaurants and shops remain closed, many places are open to serve guests and residents. For an updated list of open restaurants and bars, click the link below:

http://www.galveston.com/blog/625/restaurants-and-bars-in-galveston-reopen-after-harvey/

BEACHES
Seawall Urban Park is open and seawall beaches are accessible. West End beach access points are open. Stewart Beach and Dellanera RV Park will open Friday, Sept. 1. East Beach and the West End Pocket Parks are closed due to limited staff.

ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS
Galveston’s major tourist attractions have made it through the storm with minimal damages. No major issues have been reported. Moody Gardens has remained open.

The following attractions have announced reopen dates:

The Grand 1894 Opera House will open Thursday, Aug. 31.

The Bryan Museum will open Friday, Sept. 1.

Attractions operated by the Galveston Historical Foundation, including Bishop's Palace, 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, Pier 21 Theater and the Texas Seaport Museum, will open Friday, Sept. 1 with free admission through Sept. 4.

Moody Mansion will open Friday, Sept. 1.

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark will open Saturday, Sept. 2.

The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier will open Friday, Sept. 1.

The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum will open Friday, Sept. 1.

The following events have been rescheduled:

BrewMaster’s Craft Beer Festival scheduled over Labor Day weekend has been postponed to a TBA date.
All events scheduled at East Beach for Labor Day weekend will be rescheduled for TBA dates.
Sunday’s scheduled fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico will be rescheduled.
Wicked Wine Run scheduled for Sept. 22 has been cancelled.
Last Saturday’s cancelled ArtWalk has been rescheduled for Sept. 9.
Last Saturday’s cancelled "Dixie's Tupperware Party" at The Grand 1894 Opera House has been rescheduled for Nov. 10.

PORT OF GALVESTON/CRUISES
The Port of Galveston remains closed to all marine traffic with an expected open date of Friday, Sept. 1 weather permitting. For cruise updates, visit http://www.portofgalveston.com/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=HURRICANE-HARVEY-23

Royal Caribbean has diverted Liberty of the Seas to Miami after being unable to dock in Galveston due to the storm. Liberty of the Seas plans to return to Galveston as soon as possible. http://www.royalcaribbean.com/beforeyouboard/itineraryUpdates.do

Carnival Cruise Line ships that sail from Galveston will perform stops in New Orleans to allow guests to disembark if they wish to make arrangements to return home, or to another location. Alternatively, if their schedule allows, guests can elect to sail back to Galveston. Carnival’s ships plan to depart New Orleans between today and Thursday and expect to be in position to enter the Port of Galveston as soon as it reopens, later in the week. See here for updates: https://www.carnival.com/travel-alerts.aspx

CRUISE PARKING: If you would like to retrieve your vehicle or a family member’s vehicle please contact the Port of Galveston Police Department at 409-766-6169.

TRANSPORTATION
The Galveston-Bolivar Ferry is running. Scholes International Airport remains open. The San Luis Pass Bridge is open. The city’s trolley service has been temporarily suspended. For updates on roadways, visit www.drivetexas.org.

For updates, please check our pressroom at http://pressroom.galveston.com.

Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Bush Airport is planning on resuming flights today at 4 p.m. Here is what you need to know:
The Houston Airports plans to resume limited domestic airline passenger service TODAY at 4 p.m. following severe weather caused by Hurricane Harvey. We will attempt to begin a phased return to service, with full service expected by this weekend.
Contact your air carrier for specific flight status updates regarding your flight.
Only those with a ticket for a confirmed scheduled flight should come to the airport.
Many roads around the City of Houston are still unsafe for travel, therefore, we urge all passengers to take their time arriving to the airports and to solidify a safe route to and/or from our facilities.

Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

They are about to turn on water. Dumpster trash pick up is starting. Things are progressing. Please share this Go Fund Me link to contribute to the Rockport-Fulton Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund.  - Diane Probst, President/CEO

Visit San Antonio

After being on high alert for Hurricane Harvey’s arrival, we can report that San Antonio was spared from major emergencies and is fully open for business. With the uncertainty of the weather, a small handful of mid-sized groups opted to cancel their immediate meetings. However, our sales team is working with these groups to bring them back to the city. Our thoughts are certainly with our partners in South and East Texas during this time. - Casandra Matej, President & CEO

August 29, 2017 Updates

Amusement Today

We have been updating our website (www.amusementtoday.com) with information on our South Texas amusement facilities as we receive the info from them.

Houston First

Over these last few days, the residents of this great city have shown the true Heart of Houston, and demonstrated how resilient and caring a community can be under the most trying circumstances. We are proud of the efforts of so many Houstonians who have come to the aid of their fellow man in these trying times. While Harvey's rains will soon leave this city, much work remains to be done. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from around the nation, and the many donations to local charities that will be needed to help support those who have lost so much.

Houston First is working closely with all major convention hotels and facilities in the area to get a status of their operations. Here is the update on key facilities as of today:
• At the moment, Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center is serving as an emergency shelter for thousands who have been left homeless. The Convention Center is fully functional and the convention campus, Avenida Houston, sustained no damage. At this point it's too early to say how long the facility will be used in that capacity.
• According to the most recent reports, surrounding hotels in downtown Houston sustained no damage and are fully operational.
• Both airports are expected to be operational by the end of the week.
• Many of the facilities in Houston's Theatre District have sustained damage.

Evaluations are currently underway to determine the extent of the damage, and its impact on future operations.

We understand the uncertainty this creates for so many who had plans to visit Houston. The staff at Houston First will provide its next update on Friday, September 1, 2017. We ask for your patience and understanding as we work through what has been an unparalleled natural disaster.


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