Saturday, September 13, 2008
Update from Emergency Operations Center 11am
It was reported in a 10:30 a.m. statewide conference call briefing that Hurricane Ike did not cause a catastrophic petrochemical disaster in the Houston area, nor was there a catastrophic flooding event in the Beaumont area. A top priority is to restore power to areas affected by Hurricane Ike, state officials said.
Bryan Emergency Management Coordinator Jerry Henry said it will be safe for residents who fled LOCAL manufactured homes or substandard housing to return to their residences after 3 p.m. Saturday.
Those who fled Houston, Galveston or Beaumont areas should contact their local government to determine when it is safe to return. Brazos County Emergency Management Coordinator Chuck Frazier said he is working with other officials to determine a long-range shelter plan, which would include consolidating shelters and closing the shelter locations that are operating out of schools, so classes can return to normal schedules on Monday.
Bryan Texas Utilities and Bryan Public Works have experienced low call volumes at this time. Public works officials say they anticipate fallen tree limbs Saturday afternoon because of high winds. Crews will be assessing damage and obstructions to the transportation system Saturday afternoon. Please limit travel in the afternoon as emergency crews complete their assessment.
Damaged electrical service lines may not be apparent so residents are encouraged to stay away from fallen debris.
Water production and treatment plants in Bryan remain online and are operating as usual.
About 1,100 College Station Utilities customers are currently without power. Crews are working swiftly to address challenges in Southwood Valley, Raintree, Windwood and Foxfire subdivisions.
College Stationís east bypass utility feeder is locked open, causing an outage to the Home Depot shopping center. The feeder also affects apartments on Harvey Road and some residential areas along Tarrow Street. Crews determined that the lock was caused by a tree hitting a pole, and they are working to restore power.
Flooding and other public works emergency needs can be reported to Bryanís Public Works Call Center at 209-5900 or College Station Utilities at 764-3638. The number to report utility outages in Bryan is 822-3777.
A head-on collision occurred on F.M. 2818 on Friday evening, resulting in a fatality.
The Bryan-College Station community currently is sheltering more than 3,000 evacuees.
About 533 of those have special needs.
There are roughly 200 small animals and 114 large animals.
Stephen F. Austin Middle School, Bonham Elementary, Anson Jones and College Station Middle School are sheltering 150 local residents who fled unsafe structures Friday evening.
Bryan and College Station officials continue to ask residents to conserve water, limit cell phone use and stay indoors as much as possible during the duration of the storm.
The latest forecast for Bryan from the national weather service:
Today: Tropical storm conditions. Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Northwest wind 40 to 50 mph decreasing to between 30 and 35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 65 mph.
Tonight: Tropical storm conditions possible. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy, with a low around 77. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. North wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Sunday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. North wind between 5 and 10 mph.
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