Hardin County will not order mandator...

Hardin County will not order mandatory evacuation

There are 14 comments on the The Beaumont Enterprise story from Sep 12, 2008, titled Hardin County will not order mandatory evacuation. In it, The Beaumont Enterprise reports that:

A mandatory evacuation likely will not be issued for residents in Hardin County, according to County Judge Billy Caraway.

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United States

#1 Sep 12, 2008
It is a said day our city officials who we the people elect to take care of our needs through out the community have failed us during this hurricane.A person from Billy Caraway's office said that they could not just evacuate peolpe every week.So they decide for the sick an the elderly that they could just ride this hurricane out.In my opinion this is very neglagent of the people we trust our safty to.Its only my opinion but im reassurred our political leaders will not suffer very much from this storm ,there house is full of food an water, genaraters an cars are probally full of gas so they will not be iconveniced by this little wind an rain.So maybe if there is a next time for sum of these people our good leaders will take it a little more serious.

United States

#2 Sep 13, 2008
I recently moved to Hardin County from Jefferson County in order to put my children in an atmosphere that I felt would be better for them. I hand picked a neighborhood where I felt they would have the best childhood possible. Now I wish I would have stayed in Nederland. I am very disappointed in the Hardin County officials. They did the right thing and evacuated the County for Gustav then turned around and said ... oh well it is too soon to evacuate again...even if this MAJOR MASSIVE HURRICANE is headed right at our people. Rest assure I for one will be sure to vote at election time and your people will not forget your selfish, lazy, ignorance.
Upset Voter

United States

#3 Sep 14, 2008
As a voter in Hardin County, I hope that my fellow citizens remember this stressful time when it comes to the next Judge's election. I will happily campaign for ANYONE who chooses to oppose such an inept job performance by an elected official.

I know they said that we would receive the same assistance as "Mandatory Evactuated Counties". Well....that may be fine for FEMA, BUT NOT FOR MY INSURANCE COMPANY! They will not do anything because it was not a "Mandatory Evacuation".

Another thing: Look for the Red Cross.... Yet again (remember Rita), Our elected officials failed to do anything that would enable us to receive assistance.

It all comes down to MONEY. The news last week said nothing other than how much Gusav cost Hardin County. Don't be deceived. This was not in the "BEST INTEREST" of the elderly in rest homes. This comes down to $.

Remember this when the next County Judge Election comes around!
in the dark

Beaumont, TX

#4 Sep 15, 2008
After Rita, we had ice and water here right away. We have seen no such help this time. Since our county did not call for a mandatory evacuation, I guess no one knows how much damage was done here. People have lost homes, and bussinesses here, and of course power. I realize that there has been much more catastrophic damage in other nearby places, but we were left to fend for ourselves. Most of the county is HERE... suffering in our homes, with no Federal help in site. The Nursing home in Lumberton went without power for at least 24 hrs. How would you like to know your grandmother was in her bed, unable to get away from a storm that could have killed her, in the heat, and no one cared enough to help evacuate her to a safer environment? This is inexcusable. We have a generator, and a phone line. We are one of the lucky ones. Wed have been able to get online and get some information, but have found none specific to our area. Is there anybody out there trying to help our county??? HELLO??????

Dallas, TX

#5 Sep 15, 2008
Shame on you Hardin County Officials!

Alvord, TX

#6 Sep 15, 2008
If you can post on this blog, you should be smart enough to know whether or not to evacuate! Do you really need someone to tell you when to move to safety, put gas in your car, buy food and water and generator?
Or, do you depend on government for everything?!! Don't complain and do something to help yourself and others.
Leaving Lumberton

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#7 Sep 15, 2008
My family will be leaving Lumberton due to this issue. We recently had our home custom built in Lumberton. Now it is damaged, and insurance will not cover the cost of repairs due to Hardin County evacuation not being declaired Mandatory. This would have been a simple thing to do. Now, I fully intend to let my brand new, half-million dollar home, sit there to rot. I will not repair, maintain the lawn or even pickup any newspapers that accumulate. Hardin County has no courtesy for its residents, apparently. In return, I refuse to show any respect for such a place. We can't even get ice for Gods sake! Pathetic.
Silsbee Resident

Pleasanton, CA

#8 Sep 16, 2008
My insurance agent has assured me that even though our home is in Hardin County we will be able to file and receive our benefits according to the Texas State Insurance Department. This is "even though Judge Caraway did not call fora manadatory evacuation".
I will remember this come election time and I will remind those around me.
As for depending on the government to tell me what to do, I feel that they are responsible for what takes place in their counties. There are some people who do wait to be told what they should do in thise situations. And, for the nursing homes, they have to wait for county assistance. It is a shame that b/c we had to evacuate for Gustav then we couldn't "afford to evacuate for Ike".

Dallas, TX

#9 Sep 17, 2008
Silsbee wrote:
If you can post on this blog, you should be smart enough to know whether or not to evacuate! Do you really need someone to tell you when to move to safety, put gas in your car, buy food and water and generator?
Or, do you depend on government for everything?!! Don't complain and do something to help yourself and others.
In response to "Silsbee", I do not need the government to tell me when to evacuate and did not wait for them before I left. I am referring to the many elderly and nursing home patients who have no one to move them. These citizens have less ability to endure harsh conditions, i.e. no electricity, nourishing food, and someone to alleviate their fears. As much as we(you know the "smart people" who can take care of themselves) would like to believe that everyone can fend for themselves,there are many for whatever reason, who do need the assistance of others. Have you never asked for help?


#10 Sep 17, 2008
Last week all Billy Caraway said was that if he called a mandatory evacuation it was to save the lives for the hardin county residents. And if people got mad for him doing so then he was to blame for saving lives. Well if I was him I would hold my head in shame and resign. We all need to thank him for saving lives in Hardin County. He shouldn't worry about the money that it would have cost the county Now look at the damage we all have to put up with and we have no ice or water in Lumberton. I quess because we have nice homes here that's all we need. Please remember this when he comes up for relection. And vote for whomever runs against him. I think my dog would have done a better job than him..

Humble, TX

#11 Sep 18, 2008
What the county has allowed to occur here is outrageous and irresponsible. The rural communities of Thicket and Votaw are looking at six to eight weeks with out electricity. My family still lives there and did not leave because my grandparents refuse to. I live in Palestine now and my Parents had to drive all the way up here in order to buy enough fuel to run their generators of at least a week and to get ice. After Rita hit it took a local fire department threatening to go to the news stations in Houston and Beaumont for that area to get ice and water, is it going to take that again?

Denver, CO

#12 Sep 21, 2008
Its funny how the County Judge states there was not enough money to evacuate our elderly ciizens but yet he and the powers that be came up with somewhere between $450,000 and $750,000 (depending on who you ask) to build the DOME in front of the courthouse. Seems like our county commissioners are just as much involved in the decisions about money as our ex-car salesman County Judge is. You would also think the Sheriff, who is the Leading Law Enforcement official of the county, would have a say so in the safety of our citizens other than a pre-recorded phone call because our county judge lost his courage. Maybe if they would have loaded all the elderly folks into the big new command center they could have hauled them to safety. Its sad that our elected officials are more worried about building domes, getting new dump trucks, and conspiring with an ex-county judge from Jefferson County. Everybody needs to ask our county judge about the grant that was supposed to have been gained to build the dome. Seems to me they should be getting grants that will assure the safety of our communities. One last thing, they should rename Hardin County Gilligans Island. Prior to Hurricane Ikes landfall BRAZORIA COUNTY, GALVESTON COUNTY, HARRIS COUNTY, JEFFERSON COUNTY, ORANGE COUNTY, TYLER COUNTY, JASPER COUNTY, AND NEWTON COUNTY all called for mandatory evacuations but the "Skipper" and the rest of the Minnows crew decided to create an island in the middle of the evacuation ocean surrounding us. The best way to correct this problem is remember these major issues when you are putting a check beside names in the box. Billy, please resign and save yourself the humility of running for judge again.
Voter not forgetting

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#13 Sep 30, 2008
Silsbee wrote:
If you can post on this blog, you should be smart enough to know whether or not to evacuate! Do you really need someone to tell you when to move to safety, put gas in your car, buy food and water and generator?
Or, do you depend on government for everything?!! Don't complain and do something to help yourself and others.
I think that most are in agreement that money is the key to our elected officials decisions... "Silsbee" : I think intelligence is not the issue here... perhaps you misunderstood every post written or judge all for one that you read. I, and others, pay an insurance company so that incase we must evacuate we can be assured to have some type of reimbursement of funds; However, if our county officials, Judge, Sheriff etc., do not call a mandatory evacuation ... then we get nothing ( even if we were "smart enough" to leave).
Voter not forgetting

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#14 Sep 30, 2008
P.S. Hardin County needs a new Judge, Commissioner and Sheriff!!!!

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