FEMA has proposed new flood risk maps, dated March 31, 2020, that could affect some citizens in the City of Orange. The 90-day appeal period began October 21, 2020, through January 19, 2021.
The Neighborhood Facility at 303 N. 8th Street in Orange has flood risk maps available for citizens to view until January 19th, 2021, Mondays – Fridays except for holidays 8 AM-5 PM with extended hours on Monday evenings; November 16th, November 30th, December 14th, December 28th, and January 11th, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM.
Comment forms are available at the Planning Department. The completed form will be forwarded to FEMA.
The City of Orange would like to announce that the demolition of the Cove School building is expected to begin next week. The fencing of the property and cleanup of the exterior of the property has already begun. The building demolition and property cleanup are expected to be completed shortly before Christmas.
The City of Orange purchased the property earlier this year.
The Board of Directors of the Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA) has approved special funding to provide disaster recovery assistance grants to counties, municipalities, and other entities located within the Sabine River Basin that were impacted by Hurricane Laura. Over the coming weeks, grant checks will be presented to the following local entities; Orange County, Newton County, Shelby County, Sabine County, Jasper County, San Augustine County, City of Orange, City of Bridge City, City of West Orange, and South Newton Water Supply. Hurricane Laura made landfall in Southeast Texas on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Impacts from the storm primarily included power loss and wind damage. Many communities were left devastated.
Disaster relief assistance funds are part of SRA’s community assistance program approved by the SRA Board of Directors to help promote the quality and quantity of services essential for the development of a viable community. In the aftermath of the storm, SRA wanted to reach out to provide assistance for some of the entities that qualify for our program and were damaged by Laura. Additional entities that qualify for the Community Assistance Grant program will be identified and reviewed for consideration in the near future.
“The damage caused by Laura was another significant hit for many communities in East Texas that have suffered from repeated hurricanes in recent years,” stated SRA General Manager David Montagne. “SRA applauds the efforts of the local communities to rebuild and restore the necessary services they provide to their customers,” added Montagne. Created by the Legislature in 1949, the Sabine River Authority is an official agency of the State of Texas. The Authority was created as a conservation and reclamation district with responsibilities to control, store, preserve, and distribute the waters of the Sabine River and its tributary streams for useful purposes.
According to the Orange County Office of Emergency Management, Orange County Citizens have until next Wednesday, October 28, 2020, to get Hurricane Laura debris out to the right of way for pickup.
After this date, the debris from Hurricane Laura will not be picked up. As a reminder, please do not mix Hurricane Delta debris with Hurricane Laura debris. Delta debris will be picked up separately.