Beaumont-area counties issue mandatory evacuations ahead of Tropical Storm Laura

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Port Arthur Mayor Thurman Bartie announced Monday he is calling for a mandatory citywide evacuation beginning at 6 a.m. Mayor Bartie originally announced a voluntary evacuation of Sabine Pass on Saturday.

Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick said a mandatory evacuation order will be issued for Jefferson County on Tuesday morning.

Orange County and city officials are calling for a mandatory evacuation for the entire county at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Citizens who can’t evacuate themselves can find transportation resources at two sites at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Those two sites are Lamar State College-Orange at 410 Front Street and Vidor Elementary at 400 Old Hwy. 90 E in Vidor.

Orange County Judge John Gothia issued a disaster declaration and a voluntary countywide evacuation. He also issued a mandatory evacuation for nursing homes.