VA Mobile Health Clinic Opens in Beaumont

BEAUMONT, TX A Department of Veterans Affairs mobile health clinic and pharmacy will open in the parking lot of the Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic, located at 3420 Veterans Circle, on Saturday, September 20, 2008. It will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice.



Thirty-three health care professionals, as well as a wide range of support teams, from VA health care facilities across the South Central United States are on the ground to provide health care to veterans affected by Hurricane Ike. The mobile health clinic and pharmacy will be able to evaluate and treat medical problems, administer immunizations, and assist with prescriptions.

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston and the VA outpatient clinics in Conroe, Lufkin, and Texas City have resumed normal operations. The outpatient clinic in Galveston remains closed.


Veterans who needmedical adviceshould call the VA Network Telecare Center Hotline at (713) 794-8985 or toll-free 1-800-639-5137. Registered nurses, pharmacists, and administrative clerks at the VA Network Telecare Center are ready to answer veteran health care questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The VA Network Telecare Center is not for life-threatening emergencies. Veterans with life-threatening emergencies should immediately call 911.

Evacuated veterans with urgent care needs may contact any VA facility across the country by dialing 1-800-507-4571. This telephone number may also be used by families and friends requiring information about patients from those VA facilities affected the hurricane.Veterans may call with questions such as where to access health care, how to receive their prescription drugs, or any other concerns they may have about their care.

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Tarps provided in

Jefferson County in advance of possible showers

A possibility of weekend thunderstorms has prompted emergency officials to serve hot meals, ice and a side of blue tarps at local Points of Distribution.

According to Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames, tarps will be available to residents at some point today at POD locations throughout the region.

Find out all POD locations at's What's Open Database

Ford Park Update



Ford Park is resource staging area, not a POD, Ford Park is currently being used as a staging area for state and federal resources. Ford Park is not a point of distribution for the public. Residents are reportedly hindering operations at the site, as they continue to stream in requesting supplies.

Road Closures

JEFFERSON: FM 366 is blocked by flooding at the intersection with FM 347; FM 365 is closed between TX 124 and Rodair Gully. The roadway is closed because a flood gate remains up.; TX 82 is closed between the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge and the Louisiana State line. The roadway is closed because of damage to the bridge between Texas and Louisiana.; TX 73 is closed from Taylors Bayou Bridge to Englin Road and from Port Arthur to Winnie because of debris.

ORANGE: Business 90 is closed from FM 1006 to Interstate 10. The roadway is closed because of flooding.

CHAMBERS: TX 124 is closed between Winnie and High Island because of flooding.

---Courtesy of the Beaumont Enterprise