The City of Beaumont, Texas, was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. City offices received such extensive damage, they won’t be open until September 11, over two weeks after Harvey swept the Coast of Texas with 33 trillion gallons of water. Up until September 9, most of Beaumont had no running water, and the areas that did were under a boil notice.
Volunteers on the ground, including Texas Volunteer Rescue / Support Ops and the Cajun Navy, have established primary donation drop-points at Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church, with a secondary drop-point at Worlds Gym. From there, donations are distributed out to the flood-inundated community.
Primary Beaumont Donation Drop Points:
Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church
710 Interstate 10 East, Beaumont, TX 77703
Urgent Donation Needs: Blankets, Air Mattresses, Bedding, Toiletries, Cleaning Supplies, Diapers, Baby Items, Hygiene Products, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Soap, Lotion, Small Toys, School Supplies, New Clothes All Sizes (shoes, underwear, socks), and Bottled Water.
3970 Dowlen Road, Beaumont, TX 77706
World Gym is owned by Jody Nolan, who opened his business to house the first responders and volunteer rescuers of the Cajun Navy. World Gym in Beaumont is now open to the public. It remains a donation drop-point.
Beaumont Animal Rescue:
5115 Interstate 10 South, Beaumont, TX 77705
While Beaumont’s water boil notice has been lifted, the City has posted the following advice for residents and business owners to ensure they are not exposed to bacteria and contaminants:
Fundamentally, what you will be doing after any drinking water boil water notice is flushing your plumbing system and cleaning or replacing anything that has come into contact with water.
- First flush hot water faucets for fifteen minutes, and cold water faucets for five minutes or until it feels cold.
- Flush your refrigerator filter for a least a quart of water, or change the filter.
- Ice cubes from refrigerators: automatic ice dispensers should be emptied of ice made during the boil order and run through a 24-hour cycle, discarding the ice to assure purging of the icemaker water supply line.
- Run your dishwasher empty for a full cycle.
- Humidifiers: Discard any water used in humidifiers, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), oral, medical or health care devices, and rinse the device with clean water.
- Clean, then flush every toilet with a quick flush
- Change All Water Filters Currently In Use
- Clean & Sanitize All Pet Bowls