Harvey became a hurricane Thursday afternoon as of 12 noon with 80 mph winds. Southeast Texans are beginning to prepare for rain and possible flooding from this storm.
Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel released information regarding the county's preparations for this storm.
Judge McDaniel said, "At this time, we are expecting this storm to be a severe rain event. But, that could change and we ask that all citizens continue to monitor Harvey along with us by following your local news media and reputable social media outlets, such as the Hardin County Emergency Management, National Weather Service, Lake Charles, and National Hurricane Center Facebook pages. Everyone is encouraged to prepare by obtaining all necessary supplies now (food, water, batteries, etc.) so they don't have to be on the roads when/if any flooding occurs. It would also be a good idea to fill your car and gas cans with gas."
If you need sandbags, there will be bags and sand available at each Hardin County Road & Bridge facility (please bring a shovel and be prepared to fill your own sandbags):
R&B 1 - 1290 Hwy 327 West, Silsbee 409-385-5501
R&B 2 - 1315 North Pine Street, Kountze 409-246-3972
R&B 3 - 13745 FM 787, Saratoga 936-274-5411
R&B 4 - 100 Southland Drive, Lumberton 409-755-4584
Sandbags will also be available at the following locations:
Hardin County ESD 2 Fire Station - 8890 Keith Road, Lumberton
Hardin County ESD 5 Fire Station - 333 Commercial Drive, Sour Lake (Pinewood)
Hardin County ESD 6 Fire Station - 490 Payne Road, Silsbee