Governor Abbott activates resources as heavy rain, flooding threaten parts of Texas
Here is what you need to know
AUSTIN, Texas – On Friday, June 4, Governor Greg Abbott activated several resources to help South, East and Southeast Texas communities that are expected to receive heavy rain and flooding through the beginning of next week. On Sunday afternoon, severe storms are also forecasted across West Texas, including storms that could bring damaging winds and large hail.
“This year’s spring season has brought an unprecedented amount of rain and flash flooding to many of our communities, and I urge Texans throughout the eastern and southern regions of the state to remain alert to changing weather conditions and heed the guidance of their local officials,” said Governor Abbott. “These resources will help the State of Texas continue to support our communities and keep Texans safe.”
The following resources have been activated and deployed by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM):
- Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) – Texas A&M Task Force One and Task Force Two: Boat Squads
- Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD): Search and Rescue Boat Teams
- Texas Military Department (TMD): Helicopters with Hoist Capability and High Profile Vehicles
The following agencies have been requested by TDEM to identify resources to support response operations if needed:
- Texas A&M Forest Service: Saw Crews, Incident Management Teams
- Texas Department of State Health Services: Texas Emergency Medical Task Force Severe Weather Packages
- Texas Department of Public Safety: Helicopters with hoist capability
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality: Public Drinking Water/Waste Water System Impacts
- Public Utility Commission of Texas: Power outage monitoring/coordination with utility providers in the threat areas
Below is a list of flood preparedness and safety tips Texans are encouraged to follow during severe weather events:
- Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information here: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home
- Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 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
- Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect so the time to buy is well before a disaster. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
- Keep important documents in a waterproof 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 cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains, or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection. Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown.
Visit ready.gov for more flood safety tips.
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