Wharton County Flood Evacuation

Wharton – STORY UPDATE – The Mayor of the City of Wharton has called for a voluntary evacuation as of 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, April 19, 2016 for the area bounded on the East by S. Outlar Street on the South by Camellia and on the North by W. Milam Street due to the predicted rise of the Colorado River. The City is encouraging residents in the voluntary evacuation area to begin preparations for the potential flooding. Residents are encouraged to make alternate housing arrangements. The City of Wharton is continuing to monitor the river levels and will be making preparations. Please stay informed by tuning into local radio or local television stations.

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED

Wharton City and County are expected to experience severe flooding tomorrow, April, 20, 2016. The flood is predicted to take over about half of the county. Wharton is preparing for tomorrow’s expected flooding by bringing in Texas Rangers, boats and possible evacuation.

The Colorado River and the San Bernard River are flooding now. The Colorado River is expected to hit 48 feet by 6 a.m. tomorrow, April 20, 2016, Wharton County Sheriff’s Office said. The major flood stage limit is 43 feet.

All county offices will be closed tomorrow. Elm Street will close at 3 p.m. today. There are several roads closed in the East Bernard area:

Sunny Lane County Road 266 County Road 264 County Road 268 County Road 278 County Road 287 County Road 293 County Road 295 West Bernard Street 950 FM 102 FM 1093 FM 2919 FM 2614 Highway 60 (at San Bernard River bridges)

Emergency management will have a meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Just Do It Now on Martin Luther King Boulevard. They will be discussing flood waters and predictions. Wharton Emergency Management encourages people to evacuate now.