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Sept. 13, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Updated Sept. 14, 2017 at 5:03 p.m.

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


  • 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 Czech Festival, scheduled for Sept. 24, is canceled because of storm damage to the Victoria Community Center.
  • 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.


  • Family Dollar, North Street and Ben Jordan Street
  • J.C. Penney, 8106 N Navarro St.
  • Harbor Freight, 3605 N. Navarro St.
  • Hungry Jacks Thirsty, 1209 E Airline Road
  • Vera Cruz, 3110 N. Navarro St.
  • at least for a month

  • The Pumphouse, 1201 W. Stayton Ave.
  • Elite Cleaners, 2809 N. Laurent St
  • Burger King, 8501 N. Navarro St.
  • Barkett’s, 321 Broadway Ave., Seadrift
  • 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.
  • closed indefinitely until Jan 2018

  • Family Dollar, North Street
  • Bealls, 121 Calhoun Plaza, Port Lavaca
  • closed until mid-November

  • Bayside Seafood, 2055 SH 35, Port Lavaca
  • KFC, 1010 E Rio Grande St.
  • Baymont Hotel, 308 Park Heights, Cuero
  • closed, three to four months

  • The Wellhead Tavern, 23404 N.W. Zac Lentz Parkway
  • closed, for another six weeks

  • Victoria Ag and Ranch Store, 1410 S.W. Moody St.
  • Trinity Shores, 201 Trinity Shores Drive, Port Lavaca
  • Victoria Residence and Rehab, 114 Medical Drive
  • Jade and Madalynn’s, Town and Country Shopping Center
  • El Taco, 711 W. Main St., Port Lavaca
  • Lacks, 3607 N. Navarro St.
  • not open, will take months, they have to re-build

  • AAA Electric, 404 Sequoia Drive
  • Xtreme Ink Tattoos, 1303 N Ben Jordan St.


  • Faststop, Delmar and Lone Tree Road
  • Bayside Seafood, Navarro Street
  • Sky Restaurant, 236 Foster Field Drive
  • Crossroads Feed Store, 13300 U.S. 77
  • Charlie’s Donuts, 1406 E. Rio Grande St.
  • Jack In The Box, both locations
  • Conoco, Delmar and Lonetree Road
  • Advance America, 3805 N. Navarro St.
  • All About the Dress, 13955 U.S. 77
  • Victoria Family Eye Care, 6380 N. Navarro St.
  • Marble Slab, 6362 N. Navarro St.
  • Victoria Nursing And Rehabilitation, 114 Medical Drive
  • Telferner Post Office,319 Farm-to-Market Road 1686, Telferner


  • 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.
  • U.S. Soil and Water Conservation 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 the city's focus will turn to the city's recycling routes.


  • 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.


  • 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
  • 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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