As a tropical development in the Gulf nears the state, Governor Greg Abbott is urging Texans to
remain vigilant and closely monitor weather conditions.
The storm may lead to dangerous flash flooding, especially in the upper Rio Grande Valley, the Coastal Bend, and the Texas Hill Country, according to a release issued Wednesday by the governor’s office.
Preparedness is a significant factor in staying safe. Don’t grow lax in that area just because temperatures have been hovering in the triple digits.
Abbott is preparing state resources to assist communities with potential flooding and heavy rainfall.
"I urge Texans across the state to monitor the weather in their area and take necessary precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones from possible flash flooding and heavy rainfall," Abbott said in the release. "As this tropical disturbance approaches Texas, we are taking several precautionary steps to prepare resources for our communities, and we will continue to monitor and proactively respond to any developments."
The National Weather Service West Gulf River Forecast Center on Wednesday also said heavy rainfall is coming.
For Southeast Texas and the middle and upper Texas coast, soils are becoming saturated, so residents should expect runoff and possible flooding in smaller streams and creeks. For those in Hill Country, flooding will be dependent on rainfall intensity and to expect quick responses of smaller creeks and streams, according to the NWSWGRFC.
Abbott’s office released these flood preparedness and safety tips:
• Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information here: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home
• Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
• Build an emergency supply kit. For more information on how to build a kit, visit: https://www.ready.gov/kit
• Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect, so the time to buy is well before a disaster. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program.
• Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
• Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
• 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.
Be prepared for heavy rainfall in certain areas of the Brazos River basin. As always, you can check water levels and flood conditions at https://www.BrazosBasinNOW.org.
To track the latest information in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific, go to https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.