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Old 01-11-2009, 07:55 PM
 
Location: The South
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Does anybody know anything about Beaumont and surrounding area? We might have the ability to move there to Lake Charles, LA. A very wide area I know. What are some good safe towns in between or in that area? We were looking for a smaller town, to own a couple acres? I have heard a lot about flooding, pollution, hurricane damage etc. so a little more focus on crime, schools, growth? Any info is greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:07 PM
 
Location: East Texas, with the Clan of the Cave Bear
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Welcome to the Texas Forum. My dad lives in East Tenn..

I live north of Beaumont about 50 miles. Beaumont is on the Gulf Coastal Plain ... very flat with maximum elevations about 40'-50' above sea level...Beaumont is about 25-30' above sea level. All this flatness prevents fast run-off of heavy rains which are not infrequent. This is true all along the I-10 corridor into Lake Charles. Storm surge for Hurricane Ike surged inward to about 12 feet above sea level in some areas. I know of no areas north of I-10 that had surge flooding in Texas. Maybe in Orange some minor flooding north of the interstate. So any flooding north of the interstate would be "collected" or poor drainage areas (remember ... the topography is flat, almost swampy).

There is quite a bit of small acreage tracts between Beaumont and Orange. Mauriceville is a small town east of Beaumont about 15 miles. If I understand you right you are trying to split the distance between Beaumont and Lake Charles ... right? If so look in this area. If you are open to more in the Beaumont area not pertaining to travel into La. then you have many more rural type options.

Hope this helps!

Bob
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:16 PM
 
Location: East Texas, with the Clan of the Cave Bear
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Oh yes ... schools ... Liitle Cypress/Mauriceville schools have a good reputation. Crime is scattered with no gang type crime. Stay out of north and south Beaumont (west end is the safe side of town). I'd stay out of Vidor too ... not near as bad as Beaumont but does have its share of drug/burglary crime.

Pollution is wind borne from the coast from the refineries. There is a higher incidence of leukemias here and the prevailing winds are from the southeast. Pollution is quite a bit less than even 20 years ago but there are still some relases into the air. Water is OK here (even though it is quite sediment laden it is just muddy water).
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:25 PM
 
Location: The South
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Thanks Bobtex! I was leaning more to towns from Orange over to Lake Charles, not neccessarily Beaumont area. If anybody knows of any good, smaller towns in between and not too far away from I-10 please tell. You just cant get any information out of that area on the louisiana forum!
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Chambers County
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Sulfur and Vinton LA, and Deweyville, TX are some options. I like LC-M, too.
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:04 PM
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Location: Houston-Galveston-Sugar Land MSA
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It smells like a lot of Chemical plants and casino signs to louisiana.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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It smells like a lot of Chemical plants and casino signs to louisiana.
You get the smell of chemical plans all along the coast from Corpus Christi to New Orleans.

What exactly does a casino sign smell like?
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Old 01-14-2009, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Chambers County
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It smells like a lot of Chemical plants and casino signs to louisiana.

Yeah, and a LOT of people would LOVE to work in them.
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Old 01-14-2009, 04:55 PM
 
Location: 77059
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The smell of money. After a small headache that lasts a couple of weeks, you get used to it. Taking a half dose of antihistamine every night before bed helps a lot as well due to all the widespread dust.

If you can find a job in this area, consider yourself lucky. Big downsizing has happened and is taking place through Q1 '09 at the very least. Lots of rumors floating around town, too.

IMO, I think you're going to have to get used to the SE TX / SW LA scenery if you are indeed coming from TN. People have told me it is better here than some parts of the plains wayyy up north. They say it's flat as a pancake in both places but here, at least there are a lot of (short) trees. Mix in grasses & weeds with a bayou, some open plains and maybe a marsh fire burning in the background and there you go. The farther you get away from the Gulf, the more trees and the more 'piney' (prettier) it gets. I can only imagine what you'd think about it. After spending a little bit of time in Eastern TN last year I was downright depressed after flying back in. In the peak of the summer this area is definitely green, but even Nashville was a lot greener. You're moving from God's country. I hope they're paying you well.
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:50 PM
 
Location: The South
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I can only imagine what you'd think about it. After spending a little bit of time in Eastern TN last year I was downright depressed after flying back in. In the peak of the summer this area is definitely green, but even Nashville was a lot greener. You're moving from God's country. I hope they're paying you well.
Eh, im from west Tennessee, Memphis area. Its all flat, delta farmland
Ive been offered a few areas to move to in the Arklatexoma area, im just not sure... Theyve only now added these areas farther south, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Beaumont. The lure of warm weather got me researching these areas.
Not too big of an issue, but how far away would one need to move to escape the fumes of all the chemical plants?
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