See where voluntary evacuations are underway in Southeast Texas
Mayor Derrick Freeman says there is not a need for a mandatory evacuation based on conference calls with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Department of Emergency Management.
The city is, however, expecting a massive amount of rain and flooding.
Sabine Pass is under a voluntary evacuation.
The City of Beaumont does not anticipate calling for an evacuation at this time.
UPDATE: County Judge Mark Henry has extended voluntary evacuations to include all unincorporated low-lying areas in Galveston County.
This includes the communities of San Leon, Bacliff, Freddiesville, Old Bayou Vista and Highland Bayou.
Bolivar Peninsula also remains under a voluntary evacuation.
Residents who rely on medical assistance or those who cannot go without power for an extended period of time are encouraged to leave.
The National Weather Service is predicting a 2-4 foot storm surge, with up to 30 inches of rain in isolated areas.
Heavy rainfall combined with high tides and winds could hinder transportation to flood-prone areas. Power outages are also possible.
Judge Henry stressed this decision was based on the forecast as of Friday morning but is subject to change as weather updates come in.
PREVIOUS: Galveston County Judge Mark Henry has issued a voluntary evacuation for residents on Bolivar Peninsula effective Friday, Aug. 25 at 8 a.m. This order includes the unincorporated areas of Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach, High Island and Gilchrist. Residents who rely on medical assistance or those who cannot go without power for an extended period of time are encouraged to leave.
National Weather Service forecasts have predicted at least 15 inches of rain, with some isolated areas expected to see 20 inches. Heavy rainfall combined with high tides and winds could hinder transportation to and from the peninsula. Power outages are also possible as a result of high winds.
Judge Henry has warned residents of the area they might find themselves isolated as the heaviest winds and rains wash ashore, which could cut people off from emergency services. The order will remain in effect through the weekend.
The combination of high winds and tides may also force the temporary disruption of the Bolivar Ferry raising the possibility the area could be cut off during the storm. TxDOT will decide whether to suspend service if tides reach more than 4.5 ft. or winds reach more than 45 mph. As of noon Thursday ferry services were still running.
“The voluntary evacuation order is intended to alert residents of Bolivar Peninsula that emergency responders may be unable to reach them,” Judge Henry said. “Elderly residents and people with medical conditions should make plans to leave if they cannot be without power for possibly a few days.”
Judge Henry stressed this decision was based on the forecast as of Thursday, Aug. 24 but is subject to change as weather updates come in.
All low-lying areas are subject to flooding. Stay tuned to local news media for up-to-date coverage.
County Judge Jimmy Sylvia has issued a VOLUNTARY evacuation for the following areas and sites:
- Smith Point
- Cedar Point
- RV Parks and sites
- Unanchored mobile homes
- Low lying areas known to flood
Judge Sylvia says "all of the residents of these locations should consider evacuating to higher ground or inland into areas of the state which are not forecast to be impacted by the flood waters or high wind from Hurricane Harvey."