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Hurricane Harvey

The Woodlands Township Storm Updates and Press Conference

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THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (Monday, August 28, 2017, 3:30 p.m.) – From The Woodlands Fire Department in conjunction with Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management

The Woodlands Fire Department and emergency officials continue to monitor the effects of Tropical Storm Harvey on The Woodlands.

The Woodlands Township Chairman Gordy Bunch and Fire Chief Alan B. Benson held a press conference this afternoon to address resident concerns about the storm.

“We currently have resources deployed to assist to evacuate residents in need in the neighborhoods of Timarron in Village of Creekside Park, Grogan’s Point and High Oaks in the Village of Grogan’s Mill, and The Reserve,” said Fire Chief Benson. “We have facilitated many rescues this morning already and continue to respond as needed.”

“Our firefighters and emergency medical personnel of The Woodlands Fire Department and Township employees are working around the clock to make sure that we are helping our residents get through this historic disaster,” said Chairman Gordy Bunch. “We appreciate all the support of Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Harris County Constable’s Office, Interfaith of The Woodlands and volunteers. In these trying times, our residents are coming together to get through this disaster. We encourage our residents to stay in touch with the Township through our website and social media and help us get important information throughout the community.”

The press conference was streamed live on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Township’s website. You can also watch a recording of the press conference.

Here is the latest information as of 3:30 p.m.

Residents are asked to stay home and off the roads. The Woodlands Fire Department reminds all residents to stay out of rising waters due to unpredictable currents and unforeseen dangers. If you need help, please call 9-1-1.

WEATHER UPDATE
Tropical Storm Harvey is centered off the coast and southeast of Matagorda Bay and will turn and begin moving northeast on Tuesday, and should be northeast of our area on Thursday morning. The heavy rain threat should end late Wednesday. The Woodlands area can expect between 4 to 6 inches of additional rain this afternoon and evening and may increase later tonight.

HIGH WATER LOCATIONS
The Woodlands Fire Department currently have resources deployed in the neighborhood of Timarron in the Village of Creekside Park, Grogan’s Point and High Oaks in the Village of Grogan’s Mill and The Reserve in the Village of Indian Springs in efforts to assist in necessary evacuations. Additional resources will be deployed as necessary and obtainable.

SHELTER LOCATIONS
Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe, 9055 Airport Road, 77303
St. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 26777 Glen Loch Drive, The Woodlands, TX
Shelters are accepting pets with owner supervision
Go to https://mctxoem.org/ for additional alerts and advisories including road closures and shelters.

POWER
Scattered power outages have been reported. CenterPoint and Entergy officials are working diligently to make necessary repairs. Currently, we have known power outages in the area of Creekside Park, about 300 customers.

Due to danger to residents and the public presented by electrical distribution facilities impacted by flood waters, electric service is subject to being disconnected in flooded areas until flood waters recede to the point this danger no longer exists. Affected residents are to be notified by the power companies prior to a disconnect. When the hazard is mitigated, power companies will restore power to these homes as soon as possible.

SCHOOLS
As of this posting, Conroe ISD closed until Sept. 5. Magnolia ISD closed Monday and Tuesday. Tomball ISD closed all week.

TRASH
Waste Management will not provide trash pickup on Monday. There will also not be any Simple Recycling textile pickups. A determination for Tuesday will be made later. More information about trash and recycling pickup and solid waste tips and solutions during storm events.

DRINKING WATER SAFE in The Woodlands, despite rumors
Despite numerous rumors throughout social media, the two major municipal water districts serving residents in The Woodlands report water is safe to drink.

The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency (WJPA) reports drinking water for residents of The Woodlands is totally safe. Here is contact information: 855-H2o-SAVE (855-426-7283)
For residents in Harris-Montgomery Counties MUD 386, drinking water remains SAFE, according to municipal utility district officials. All drinking water plants are operational at this time. The wastewater system is operational, but is being overfilled with stormwater. This is resulting in wastewater mixed with stormwater that may escape the system. Please try to stay out of flood water, if possible. This does not impact drinking water, which remains SAFE. To report MAJOR water or wastewater emergencies, please contact Municipal District services at 281-290-6503.

ROAD CONDITIONS
Go to https://mctxoem.org/ for additional alerts and advisories including road closures.

Here are roads/intersections reported to have water or impassable:
1500 SAWDUST
SAWDUST/SAWMILL
GLEN LOCH from LONG SHADOWS TO DAWNWOOD
GLEN LOCH / SAWDUST
SAWDUST FROM GROGANS POINT TO GOLDEN RD
SPRING CREEK DR FROM SHADOW CREST TO BRISTLECONE TRL
KUYKENDAHL @ FLINTRIDGE DR
FLINTRIDGE RD @ SPRING CREEK
FLINTRIDGE RD JUST WEST OF S FORESTGATE
TALLOWBERRY / ARNICA
GOSLING / CREEKSIDE (HARRIS COUNTY)

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
For those asking about volunteering for the Red Cross, visit www.RedCross.org to learn about volunteer opportunities and submit an application.

Volunteers or those wishing to offer assistance may also call the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management at 936-523-3900.

Donations may be made to the Montgomery County Food Bank Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund by visiting the Montgomery County Food Bank website.

The Woodlands Fire Department reminds all residents to stay out of rising waters due to unpredictable currents and unforeseen dangers and to stay safe!

TOWNSHIP OFFICES
Township offices will remain closed for Tuesday, August 29, 2017, with only essential personnel reporting.

The Woodlands Express and Town Center Trolley operations are suspended until further notice.

For additional information, please visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

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