News you can use: After Harvey

Sept. 12, 2017 at 9:45 p.m.
Updated Sept. 13, 2017 at 4:40 p.m.

If you see something missing from the list, contact Robbi Patterson in the newsroom at 361-574-1222.


  • The City will close Red River Street to through traffic between Laurent Street and Ben Jordan Street for tree debris pick-up between 10 am and 2 pm Thursday, September 14. The street will re-open to one-way eastbound traffic once the limbs are picked up. Please note the side streets on the north side of Red River will remain closed. Temporary driveways will be installed for residents or businesses with access only to Red River Street.


  • The Symphony League style show and luncheon scheduled for Sept. 13 has been postponed until Oct. 18.
  • Victoria College’s Brown Bag Lunch Series has rescheduled its sessions to Sept. 29, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17.
  • Adopt-A-Beach at Magnolia Beach, scheduled for Sept. 23, has been canceled. Additionally, the new restrooms at the beach are not operational after the septic system was flooded with sand. It is unknown when the facilities will reopen.
  • The Victoria Public Library Book Sale, scheduled for Sept. 11-16, has been canceled
  • The Victoria Czech Festival, scheduled for Sept. 24, is canceled because of storm damage to the Victoria Community Center.
  • The Victoria Community Theatre’s “Boeing Boeing” performance has been rescheduled from Sept 14-17 to Jan. 18-21.
  • Victoria Symphony’s first performance of its master series called “The Undisputed Masters” that was scheduled for Sept. 16 has been postponed until March 24.
  • The start date for the adult sports fall leagues is postponed. Check the Victoria Parks and Recreation Facebook page for information and updates regarding fall leagues and registrations.

BUSINESSES THAT CLOSED (According to social media)

  • Family Dollar, North Street and Ben Jordan Street
  • Faststop, Delmar and Lone Tree Road
  • Bayside Seafood, Navarro Street
  • J.C. Penney, 8106 N Navarro St.
  • Sky Restaurant, 236 Foster Field Drive
  • 7-11, 100 S. Shepley St., Bloomington
  • Harbor Freight, 3605 N. Navarro St.
  • Hungry Jacks Thirsty, 1209 E Airline Road
  • Vera Cruz, 3110 N. Navarro St.
  • The Pumphouse, 1201 W. Stayton Ave.
  • Crossroads Feed Store, 13300 U.S. 77
  • Elite Cleaners, 2809 N. Laurent St
  • Burger King, 8501 N. Navarro St.
  • Charlie’s Donuts, 1406 E. Rio Grande St.
  • PetSmart, 7812 N.E. Zac Lentz Parkway
  • Chipotle, 7002 N. Navarro St. No. 100
  • Jack In The Box, both locations
  • Barkett’s, 321 Broadway Ave., Seadrift
  • Conoco, Delmar and Lonetree Road
  • Paradise Burgers, 607 S. Laurent St.
  • Texas Driver’s License Office, 8802 N. Navarro St.
  • The Fairfield Inn, 7502 N. Navarro St.
  • Dollar General, Mockingbird Lane
  • LaQuinta Inns and Suites, 3107 S. Laurent St.
  • Family Dollar, North Street
  • Advance America, 3805 N. Navarro St.
  • Bealls, 121 Calhoun Plaza, Port Lavaca
  • Bayside Seafood, 2055 SH 35, Port Lavaca
  • KFC, 1010 E Rio Grande St.
  • Baymont Hotel, 308 Park Heights, Cuero
  • The Wellhead Tavern, 23404 N.W. Zac Lentz Parkway
  • Victoria Ag and Ranch Store, 1410 S.W. Moody St.
  • All About the Dress, 13955 U.S. 77
  • Trinity Shores, 201 Trinity Shores Drive, Port Lavaca
  • Victoria Residence and Rehab, 114 Medical Drive
  • Victoria Family Eye Care, 6380 N. Navarro St.
  • Marble Slab, 6362 N. Navarro St.
  • Jade and Madalynn’s, 601 E Rio Grande St.
  • El Taco, 711 W. Main St., Port Lavaca
  • Lacks, 3607 N. Navarro St.
  • AAA Electric

    Xtreme ink tattoos

    K&L Resale

    Telferner post office

    Victoria Nursing And Rehabilitation


  • The driver’s license office in Victoria is closed until further notice. The office sustained flood damage and electrical issues during Hurricane Harvey. If you need to get your driver’s license renewed or need to take a driving test, visit one of the driver’s license office locations in the surrounding area: Port Lavaca, 201 W. Austin St., Port Lavaca; 208 E. Live Oak St., Cuero; or 412 Texana St., Hallettsville.
  • Texas A&M Agrilife Extension-Victoria County office has been temporarily moved to the Victoria County 4-H Activity Center, 259 Bachelor Drive (Victoria Regional Airport). The office’s phone number is the same, 361-575-4581.
  • Dr. Frederick Lykes’ medical office, 303 E. Airline Road, will be closed indefinitely because of damages caused by Hurricane Harvey. Patients can still send their bill payments to the office address.
  • Wharton Field Office has been closed. The regular phone number is still functioning, 979-532-0077 ext. 3.
  • Yoga Chicks, is temporarily relocated at 2505 Bon Aire St. Gentle Yoga, 11 a.m. Wednesdays; Yoga Basics, 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays.


  • Enough headway has been made in garbage collection that yard waste collection resumes Sept. 18. Yard waste is picked up on the same day as your normal household garbage collection. Yard waste should be placed in paper lawn bags or cardboard boxes. Do not place yard waste in plastic garbage bags. Be aware it will take a couple of weeks for City crews to get caught up on picking up all the yard waste that has accumulated since the hurricane. As soon as crews catch up on yard waste collection, then our focus will turn to the City’s recycling routes.


  • The Victoria Library reopens Wednesday. Library hours Sept. 13-15, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will resume its regular hours starting Monday. Visit for updates.
  • Book drops are open at Main Street on the side of the library, Victoria Health Department on Airline Drive side and at the Victoria Mall on Navarro Street at Sears
  • Reserve books for pickup when the library opens by calling 361-485-3302
  • Ebooks are available with OverDrive. Call 361-485-3302 for help setting up your account, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m weekdays.


  • A telephone hotline has been set up by the Texas Education Agency for parents in the Victoria area to receive updates regarding public education announcements following Hurricane Harvey. Parents in the Victoria area can call 512-463-9603 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily for up-to-date information on public education options and enrollment information for students.

VC/UHV Library

  • The VC/UHV Library invites the community to use its resources while the Victoria Public Library is closed. Stop by the VC/UHV Library, 2602 N. Ben Jordan St., to charge mobile devices, use computers, check email and get internet access. The VC/UHV Library is also offering copying services free of charge to residents. The library is open from 7:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 361-570-
  • 4166.


  • All 16 parks in the city of Victoria are closed until further notice. Although Riverside Park remains closed following Hurricane Harvey, the Victoria Parks and Recreation Office is open and can be reached by calling 361-485-3200 or emailing
  • All Community Center reservations for the month of September have been canceled. Reservations will be rescheduled or refunded.


  • For FEMA local job opportunities, go to, which is the Texas Workforce Commission website for jobs. First register for jobs on the site, then search for FEMA when doing a job search. FEMA benefits from hiring people who know the territory well. These are temporary jobs but often last several months or even longer.
      • Workforce Solutions Golden Crescent mobile unit is in the area, see the schedule below. For more information, call 361-578-0341. To apply online for disaster unemployment assistance, visit

        Calhoun County

      • 9 a.m.-noon Monday - Seadrift Public Library, 103 W. Dallas Ave., Seadrift
      • 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday - Port O'Connor Public Library, S.H. 185 and 6th, Port O'Connor
      • Jackson County

      • 8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday- East Putnam Street next to city hall, Ganado
      • Victoria County

        • 8:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday - St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 13316 S.H. 185, Bloomington
        • Goliad County

          • 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday - Schroeder Volunteer Fire Department, 13012 Farm-to-Market 622, Schroeder
          • 1:30-4 p.m. Alonzo Morales Precinct 2 Commissioner, 16930 U.S. 59, Berclair
          • DeWitt County

            • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday - Yorktown Park, 1059 Kelly Drive, Yorktown


          • The Victoria Advocate, for a limited time, is offering 14 days of free online-only Classifieds to post your situation and to help you recover. You may post lost or found items such as pets or valuables as well as offered or wanted items such as phones, computers and devices, housing, etc. Visit to place your ad.


          • A FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center is open in Wharton from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at the Wharton Civic Center, 1924 N. Fulton St.
          • A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is in Victoria at the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St. The center is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. FEMA is recommending people apply online at or call 1-800-621-3362.
          • FEMA Disaster Recovery Center open at Calhoun County Library, 200 W. Mahan St., Port Lavaca. Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
          • FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center now open at 911 Navigation Circle, Rockport. Available 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, as needed.
          • FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m daily, at Edna High School Football Stadium, 1303 W. Gayle St. in Edna.


          • Spraying for mosquitoes continues daily about 8 p.m. across the city of Victoria. Spraying is done in the evening and early morning hours. If you are outside when the fogging truck approaches, go inside until the truck passes and the fog subsides. Residents can help with mosquito control by emptying storm debris and other things, such as old tires, bird baths, potted plants and clogged rain gutters, that may be holding water that creates a prime breeding place for the pests.



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