Governor Greg Abbott today placed resources on hold along the Gulf Coast from Beaumont to the Rio Grande Valley in anticipation of potential flooding from the tropical system in the Gulf.
“The state of Texas has deployed resources upstream of this tropical system, which is expected to impact the Gulf Coast starting Sunday,” Governor Abbott said. “We will continue to monitor this storm closely and take all necessary precautions to keep Texans safe. I encourage Texans to heed the advice and warnings of their local officials and to be alert to heavy rains and potential flooding. ”
Due to the potential threat to Texas from this tropical system and the likelihood of heavy rains, the following resources have been activated along the Gulf Coast:
- Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force One): 6 squads of fast water rescue boats and 8 air packages.
- Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife: Game Warden boat crews.
- Texas Military Department: 5 ground transport platoons with high-end vehicles.
- Texas Department of State Health Services: Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) Severe Weather Packages.
The following actions and resources have been scheduled for potential activation if required:
- Texas A&M Forest Service: Saw crews and incident management teams.
- Texas Department of Transportation: Monitoring the condition of roads and pre-positioned water-filled barriers.
- Texas Department of Public Safety: Texas Highway Patrol (ESF 13) Search and Rescue Aircraft and The Tactical Marine Unit.
- Utilities Commission: monitoring and coordinating power outages with utility providers.
Texans are encouraged to follow these tips for flood preparedness and safety during severe weather:
- Know the types of flood hazards in your area. Visit the FEMA Flood Map Service Center for more information here: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home
- Subscribe to your community’s alert system. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
- Build an emergency supply kit. For more information on how to build a kit visit: https://www.ready.gov/kit
- Keep important documents in an airtight container. Create password-protected digital copies.
- Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
- Be extremely careful with water on roads or in streams, streams, storm sewers or other areas – never attempt to cross streams or drive on flooded roads and always observe road barricades placed for Your protection. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.
For more tips on flood safety, visit gov.texas.gov/hurricane.
Texans can also visit www.TexasFlood.org for resources and tips on staying safe during flooding.