Flood Event in Harris County-Update (8/30/17, 10:00AM)
What is the danger?
Flood waters throughout the county are beginning to slowly recede.
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at Level 1 (Maximum Readiness). HCOHSEM will continue to monitor forecasts and weather developments along with the National Weather Service and the Harris County Flood Control District.
Listen to local officials and trusted sources for the latest information.
What you should do?
Return home only when authorities indicate it’s safe.
Harris County Public Health Offers the following health and safety tips:
- Whether the water is deep or shallow, floodwaters are dangerous. They can carry debris, pollution, sharp objects and nasty critters. Keep children out of floodwaters, wash hands thoroughly, and disinfect or throw out items that have come in contact with floodwaters.
- Whether your yard got a little wet, or your house has water inside, be SMART about cleaning up the mess: Wear gloves and dispose of items that cannot be thoroughly cleaned.
- There will be many stray animals and pets because of the flooding. NEVER approach unfamiliar animals.
- The floodwaters brought more than just damage and debris. Mosquitoes will start breeding in standing water. Dump/clean out containers with water (birdbaths, buckets, toys, pet bowls) to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
Find more information at: http://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/resources/2017-hurricane-harvey
For latest updates regarding shelters, volunteering, closings, and other regional news, please visit “Ready Harris News” at www.readyharris.org.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency situation call 9-1-1. If you are placed on hold, DO NOT HANG UP. If you cannot get through, KEEP TRYING. If you are not experiencing a life-threatening emergency, stay in a safe place.
It is important not to overload the systems at the emergency call centers with non-emergency calls, especially during the time of the storm. DO NOT contact 9-1-1 to check on the status of the weather, flooded roads, road closures, power outages or other nonemergency inquiries.
3-1-1 for the Houston area and 2-1-1 have been inundated with calls. Please stay on the line. If you cannot get through, call again.
Submit a home flood report at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HomeFlooding.
To apply of FEMA Disaster Assistance, please visit (scroll down page): https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey?utm_source=hp_promo&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=disaster.
Volunteer and Donations Management hotlines:
Two donations drop-off points have been opened for residents who wish to donate in-kind to disaster survivors. Read more at: http://www.readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/26706
Water will take a few days to recede. Stay off the roadways.
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ® DO NOT DRIVE through high water and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES! Just 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
- DO NOT WALK through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down.
- If your home floods, STAY THERE. You are safer at home than trying to navigate flooded streets on foot.
- If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is NOT MOVING, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter MOVING water.
- STAY AWAY from streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
Download HCOHSEM's ReadyHarris mobile app (http://bit.ly/ReadyHarrisApp). The free app puts the power to build a personalized preparedness plan in the palm of your hand and is available for both Apple and Android devices.
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