9 storm related deaths
have been reported as of 5:00 p.m. today.
Missing personís reports initiated searches and accounted for 2 of the
deaths. 4 were elderly and possible
power outage related. If you have a
friend or family member that did not leave areas that were impacted by the
rising waters and you have not heard from them, we urge you to contact your
local law enforcement.
enforcement agencies, along with Texas Task Force, National Guard, and active
duty Military troops began grid assessments today. The assessments will be ongoing to determine
evacuation needs, conduct welfare checks, and evaluate infrastructure
conducted in the Pinehurst area today with troops going street by street. Several roads were still holding water and a
down power line was reported. We
anticipate responders to be in the Pine Forest area tomorrow and want to remind
the citizens that they will be easily identified by clearly marked vehicles and
As rescue efforts begin
to wind down, reports show 4,970 people were evacuated from Orange County to
Lake Charles. The large majority of those were from the 2 sites designated as
staging areas. This number does not
reflect the number of people that were brought in within the first few hours of
the storm or by the many that so selflessly volunteered across the county.
The Mobile Medical
Unit has continued to serve Orange County citizens well, as the total patients
seen has risen to 153.
have been such a huge blessing to our community and have served over 9000 hot
meals at the POD sites as of yesterday.
To date, over 500
animals have been rescued to include cats, dogs, horses, 9 longhorn cattle, 2
parrots, and 2 chinchillas.