Governor Abbott Issues Activation Order For Increased Readiness And Resources Ahead Of Potential Flash Flooding Along Texas Coast
Governor Greg Abbott today issued an activation order for increased readiness ahead of potential flash flooding and severe weather on the Texas coastline. Resources deployed in the activation order include five swift water rescue boat squads and one Texas Task Force One high profile vehicle. These resources will be deployed to the Rio Grande Valley and the Galveston area to support government partners, while remaining boat squads will be held in College Station for deployment as needed.
"The state of Texas is taking action to ensure the safety of communities across the coast, and remains at the ready to provide any additional resources that might be needed," said Governor Abbott. "I urge all Texans to heed the direction of local officials and closely monitor the weather conditions in their communities."
Texans are urged to follow these safety tips:
- When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.
- 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, Turn Around Don’t Drown (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/water/tadd/).
- Dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground.
- Heed all warnings from local officials.
- Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.
- Stay informed by monitoring weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather in your area.