State resources prepare for severe storms, potential flash flooding

Governor Abbott activates state emergency response resources

AUSTIN, Texas – On Thursday, Governor Greg Abbott activated state emergency response resources to prepare for severe storms and potential flash flooding across Texas beginning today through late Friday night. Damaging winds, strong tornadoes, large hail and potential flash flooding are forecasted throughout the Panhandle today through early Friday morning. Much of the eastern half of Texas can also expect severe weather through late Friday night.

Governor Abbott released the following statement

“The State of Texas is proactively responding to severe storms and potential flash flooding expected to impact Texas today and tomorrow,” said Governor Abbott. “State and local emergency response partners are monitoring weather conditions and are on standby to swiftly provide all necessary resources to protect our communities. Texans are urged to remain weather-aware and follow instructions from emergency responders and local officials to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has activated the following resources across the State of Texas:

  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force One and Texas Task Force Two): Boat Squads and Urban Search and Rescue Packages

TDEM also has the following state resources ready for response if needed:

  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Saw Crews and Incident Management Teams
  • the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Boat Teams to support water rescue operations
  • Texas National Guard: Transportation platoons and helicopters with hoist capability
  • the Texas Department of State Health Services: Texas Emergency Medical Task Force Severe Weather Packages
  • Texas Department of Public Safety (Texas Highway Patrol): Helicopters with hoist capability
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas: Power outage monitoring/coordination with utility providers in the threat area.
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality: Personnel to monitor drinking water, wastewater and air quality
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service: Disaster Assessment and Recovery Agents
  • State Mass Care Coordination

State officials urge Texans to follow flood preparedness and safety tips during severe weather events. You can find flood safety tips here.

The Office of the Texas Governor provided the above information.