8/26 6:00PM UPDATE:

Harvey has weakened to a tropical storm this afternoon, as it meanders across central Texas. It will not move much Sunday through the middle of next week, which will keep us under the threat of heavy rains, floods, and isolated tornadoes in the outer rain bands.


Rain totals tonight through Friday will be:Southeast Texas 10-16 inches, East Texas 6-10 inches, Southwest Louisiana 5-12 inches, South Central Louisiana 4-9 inches, and Central Louisiana 3-7 inches. Due to the rains, expect to see river flooding as well.


The storm surge threat is decreasing. During high tides this evening and again Sundaymorning, there could be one to two feet of water above ground level in low-lying areas of coastal southeast Texas and southwest and south central Louisiana.


The tornado threat is low, but we have had reports of tornadoes today, so be ready to take action if a tornado warning is issued. The low tornado threat will continuetonightintoSunday.

8/26 UPDATE: Harvey is barely holding on to hurricane status, and will become a tropical storm this afternoon. It will likely weaken to a depression by Monday. The forecast path keeps it meandering inland off the central Texas coast, and not move back over the Gulf. We are still expecting heavy rains and floods in southeast Texas and parts of southwest Louisiana.


Rain forecast totals for the next 7 days include: southeast Texas 9-19 inches, east Texas 6.5-12 inches, southwest Louisiana 7-13 inches, south central Louisiana 5.75-11 inches, and central Louisiana 3.25-7.5 inches. Expect some river flooding across the region, with major flooding possible on Pine Island Bayou near Sour Lake.

The storm surge threat will occur during high tide this evening, and again Sunday morning. Water one to three feet above ground level will be possible during high tides for coastal sections of southeast Texas and southwest and south central Louisiana.

East winds will be gusting 20 to 30 mph through the weekend near the coast.

 A tornado watch is in effect until 1 pm for parts of southeast Texas. There is a small risk for isolated tornadoes across east Texas and southwest Louisiana as well today and tonight

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is monitoring strong category 3 hurricane, expected to make landfall near Rockport on the central Texas coast tonight. It will remain a hurricane Saturday, before weakening to a tropical storm on Sunday. It will meander near the central and upper Texas coast through the middle of next week.


Heavy rain and flooding will be a concern this weekend into early next week, especially in southeast Texas and parts of southwest Louisiana. Rain totals will be 10 to 20 inches in southeast Texas, 8 to 15 inches in southwest Louisiana,5 to 7 inches in central Louisiana, and 7 to 10 inches in south central Louisiana. Be prepared for heavy rains that will flood roads and some homes.

Along the rivers, flooding is expected as well, with major flooding possible on Pine Island Bayou near Sour Lake, the Calcasieu River near Old Town Bay, and the west fork of the Calcasieu River near Sam Houston Jones State Park.

In coastal regions, expect to see one to three feet of water above ground level, especially during high tides tonight through Sunday.

Winds will be out of the east and gusty 25 to 35 mph at the coast through this weekend.

A tornado watch is in effect for parts of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana until 2 am Saturday.. There will be a threat of isolated tornadoes again during the day on Saturday, mainly in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.


Q'ing-For-A-Cause Big Buc BBQ Bash

Qing Bash 2017

 The 2018 Big Buc BBQ Bash Cookoff will be held at The Vidor Pirate Intermediate Football Academy located at 2110 South Main Street, Vidor, Texas 77662. You do not have to be a member of the IBCA to enter. For official IBCA rules please visit the IBCA website at http://www.IBCABBQ.org. Water and electricity are not available. Please contact Derek Veazy at (409) 553-2070 if you have any questions. 


Chief Carroll's Back-To-School Safety Tips

As summer draws to a close, back-to-school season is in full effect.

 Whether it is the child’s first day of Kindergarten or the final year of their senior year, we as a community must be aware of the dangers to avoid a tragedy.

 Remember to safely share the roads with school buses, pedestrians and bicyclists, and provide children with the necessary knowledge to stay safe at school. Do not be a distracted driver by talking on your cell phone or texting while attempting to drive. Be responsible and pay attention to the task at hand in order to give every child a safe school year.

  Safety Tips For Drivers
Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they - and the motorists around them - take proper safety precautions​.

  Heads Up, Phone Down!
  Bike Safety Tips
  Bus Safety Tips
Best Regards,

Rod Carroll
Chief of Police
Vidor Police Department
(409) 769-4561

Fields Of Freedom Veterans Park Accepting Applications

Vidor Lions Club – “Fields of Freedom” – Veterans Park is accepting applications through September 15, 2017 for veteran names to be engraved on the upright military granite stones at the Veteran's Park "Fields of Freedom"; cost is $100 per name.

Brick pavers from $75 - $100 can be personalized for military service recognition or for individuals, families, clubs or businesses.

Granite pavers (8"X12") costing $300 can be etched with pictures, logos, and history about your friend, family member, organization or business.

Forms for these projects are available at the Vidor Library, Goin Postal, and Memorial Funeral Home or by contacting Joanne Ledger at (409) 828-1322.

Fields of Freedom Veteran's Park is maintained by volunteers and fundraisers by the Vidor Lions Club. Your help with this project is appreciated.


HOT Grants 2017-2018

It is that time of year again for the Vidor City Council to consider applications for Hotel Occupancy Tax
(HOT) grants. Grants will be considered and awarded at a special-called meeting on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 7 pm at Vidor City Hall. For those applying for a HOT grant, applications must be turned in no later than 5 pm Friday, August 11th.

HOT grants are to promote the tourism and hotel industries in the City of Vidor.
For FY 2017-2018, the Council will restrict the amount of HOT funds given to any one organization at
a maximum amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.) Applications for a HOT grant can be picked up at
City Hall at 1395 North Main St., by emailing City Manager Mike Kunst at mkunst@cityofvidor.com, or by
clicking the link on the City’s website www.cityofvidor.com. Completed applications can be delivered or mailed to City Hall, or emailed to Mike Kunst.

Email Mike Kunst
If one mails an application, please ensure it is mailed in time to be received at City Hall by the deadline of August 11th.

Additionally, anyone who was awarded HOT funds in FY 2016-2017 must have their follow-up report
turned in before being considered for the coming year. Follow-up reports forms can be obtained by
contacting Mike Kunst.

Any questions or concerns regarding HOT fund grants should be directed to the City Manager, Mike
Kunst, either by email or telephone at 409-769- 5473, extension 140.

pdf HOT Fund Application 2017
document Follow Up Form for HOT Funds

Upcoming Events

19 12:00am - 11:59pm Presidents' Day
20 5:30pm - 7:30pm Big Buc Business Bash 
22 7:00pm - 9:00pm City Council Meeting 

08 7:00pm - 9:00pm City Council Meeting 
22 7:00pm - 9:00pm City Council Meeting 

01 12:00am - 11:59pm Easter Sunday

13 12:00am - 11:59pm Mother's Day
28 12:00am - 11:59pm Memorial Day

17 12:00am - 11:59pm Father's Day