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Mandatory evacuations were issued in advance of both storms.In August 2017, Beaumont and surrounding areas experienced severe flooding as a result of Hurricane Harvey.The first Jewish man in the city was from Louisiana, others migrated from the South, and were joined by immigrants.They worked as merchants and in a variety of jobs in the growing city and ranching area. Oil was discovered at nearby Spindletop on 10 January 1901.Beaumont was a small center for cattle raisers and farmers in its early years.
The wartime social disruption was similar to war time riots which had occurred in other parts of the country during and following World War I.Oil is, and has always been, a major export of the city, and a major contributor to the national GDP. C.", was a leading businessman and oil tycoon in the city in the early 20th century, developing businesses during the Texas Oil Boom.An entrepreneur from Pennsylvania and Iowa, he arrived after the gusher at Spindletop, and invested in development of a commercial port in the city, and an irrigation system to support the local rice industry, as well as residential and retail development of suburban property. He purchased and donated First Baptist Church, whose congregation had moved to a new facility, to use as the city's first public library, now known as the Tyrrell Historical Library.Soon after that, a small community grew up around the farm, which was named Tevis Bluff or Neches River Settlement. Later, other businesses were formed, especially in railroad construction and operation, new building construction, lumber sales, and communications.This town was named Beaumont, after Jefferson Beaumont, the brother-in-law of Henry Millard. The Port of Beaumont became a successful regional shipping center.