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Governor Abbott Urges Texans to Continue Monitoring Weather, Flood Threats

Thursday, March 10, 2016  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release
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Governor Greg Abbott today urged Texans to remain vigilant and closely monitor weather conditions as rainfall is expected to continue impacting parts of Texas this week, which may lead to dangerous flash flooding and river flooding, especially in East and Southeast Texas.

“After receiving a substantial amount of rainfall in our state this week, flash flooding and river flooding are a significant threat over the next few days,” said Governor Abbott. “Any additional rainfall will exacerbate these threats, so I am urging Texans to closely monitor changing weather and road conditions. Protecting the lives of Texans is our top priority, so we are also asking all residents to heed the warnings of your local officials.”
Current forecasts indicate the continuation of rainfall, flash flooding and a potential for extreme river flooding in parts of Texas throughout the coming weeks. Texans should remain vigilant even after rainfall has ceased, as water from upstream will continue to impact downstream locations over the next few weeks.

The State Operations Center (SOC) is continuing to monitor weather conditions and coordinate with the National Weather Service and their West Gulf River Forecast Center. The SOC also continues to coordinate with the Texas Emergency Management Council and is prepared to provide state resources and assistance to local leaders as requested.

Texans are urged to follow these safety tips during severe weather events:

  • When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.
  • If you are outdoors, seek shelter in a home, large building or automobile. Do not take shelter in sheds, pavilions, tents, dugouts, or other small, open sided buildings.
  • Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water.
  • 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 that dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground – TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.
  • Monitor weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather, and heed warnings by local officials.
  • Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.

For more safety tips related to severe weather, click here.