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A life-threatening situation continues across Houston and southeast Texas as a Flash Flood emergency continues for Harris and surrounding counties.
Galveston Deputies have confirmed two flooding fatalities in Dickinson with hundreds of more homes to search. A mandatory evacuation has also been issued by Rosenberg Police for residents on Huntington Road.
Do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways. There have been upwards of 2,000 high water rescues since flooding began.
There is a race against the clock with countless homes that still need to be checked.
Rescue teams will continue to work throughout the night, but Harris County Judge Ed Emmett warned: “surely people understand they do not need to be out driving tonight. We do not want to go through more high water rescues because people wanted to go drive.”
Residents along the Barker and Addicks Reservoirs are being asked as part of a non-mandatory evacuation to leave their homes Monday as the Corps of Engineers will begin a slow, controlled release of water from the reservoirs. Officials stress to leave their homes Monday and NOT tonight due to uncertain conditions on the roads. This will impact several thousand homes. If they don’t release water now, the rising water situation could put too much pressure on the dams.
The water release from Addicks Reservoir will begin at 2 a.m. Monday with Barker to follow 24 hours later.
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One of the hardest hit areas was in Dickinson where boat rescue operations have ceased for the night. This after a game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and a game warden with Louisiana’s Parks and Wildlife Department were both injured in a boating accident. Their injuries were described as ‘non-life threatening’ but both were transported to a hospital for treatment.
After a surge of neighbors rushing to save fellow neighbors from historic flooding officials are thanking citizens, and now asking Good Samaritans to stand by and let state and federal resources continue with the rescue effort.
Good Samaritans and ordinary citizens jumped in to help rescue their fellow Texans from the flood waters.
If in a home, The National Weather Service urges residents as a last resort to escape to the roof only if the highest floor available becomes dangerous. Get on the roof and call 911 and stay on the line.
Officials say DO NOT climb into attics to escape flood waters. Go to your roof instead.
Residents who dial 911 may experience several rings and long delays, but do not hang up until an operator answers your call.
Only dial 911 if experiencing a life-threatening emergency situation. The floods in Houston have put a strain on emergency services phone numbers.
Dozens of shelters have been set up in Harris County including at the George R. Brown Convention Center. A Red Cross Shelter at M.O. Campbell Ed Center has also been set up at 1865 Aldine Bender Rd, Houston, TX
Judge Emmett said many private groups have come forward to make shelter facilities available and they are working to get those running as soon as possible.
Other cities in Texas are working to accept evacuees, including Dallas which is preparing to accept up to 5,000 people at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
Buses will be available to help move groups to those shelters. If you have a group that needs to be taken to a shelter, you’re asked to call: 713-426-9404.
In an unprecedented move, Bush and Hobby airports are closed until further notice. Only humanitarian-aid flights will be allowed in and out of the airports.