KFDM 6pm team coverage on Hurricane Harvey
SOUTHEAST TEXAS —
Here is KFDM's 6 p.m. team coverage of Hurricane Harvey, in case you missed it.
Team coverage of Southeast Texas includes information on Southeast Texas voluntary evacuations, where to find sandbags and how you should prepare for major flooding.
Cameron County is now under a mandatory evacuation.
Voluntary evacuations are listed below:
SABINE PASS - under voluntary evacuation
GALVESTON COUNTY - under voluntary evacuation
Galveston County Judge Mark Henry has issued a voluntary evacuation for residents on Bolivar Peninsula effective Friday, Aug. 25 at 8 a.m. This order includes the unincorporated areas of Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach, High Island and Gilchrist. Residents who rely on medical assistance or those who cannot go without power for an extended period of time are encouraged to leave.
National Weather Service forecasts have predicted at least 15 inches of rain, with some isolated areas expected to see 20 inches. Heavy rainfall combined with high tides and winds could hinder transportation to and from the peninsula. Power outages are also possible as a result of high winds.
Judge Henry has warned residents of the area they might find themselves isolated as the heaviest winds and rains wash ashore, which could cut people off from emergency services. The order will remain in effect through the weekend.
The combination of high winds and tides may also force the temporary disruption of the Bolivar Ferry raising the possibility the area could be cut off during the storm. TxDOT will decide whether to suspend service if tides reach more than 4.5 ft. or winds reach more than 45 mph. As of noon Thursday ferry services were still running.
“The voluntary evacuation order is intended to alert residents of Bolivar Peninsula that emergency responders may be unable to reach them,” Judge Henry said. “Elderly residents and people with medical conditions should make plans to leave if they cannot be without power for possibly a few days.”
Judge Henry stressed this decision was based on the forecast as of Thursday, Aug. 24 but is subject to change as weather updates come in.
All low-lying areas are subject to flooding. Stay tuned to local news media for up-to-date coverage.
CHAMBERS COUNTY - under voluntary evacuation
County Judge Jimmy Sylvia has issued a VOLUNTARY evacuation for the following areas and sites:
- Smith Point
- Cedar Point
- RV Parks and sites
- Unanchored mobile homes
- Low lying areas known to flood
Judge Sylvia says "all of the residents of these locations should consider evacuating to higher ground or inland into areas of the state which are not forecast to be impacted by the flood waters or high wind from Hurricane Harvey."