Governor Abbott Gives Updates on Tropical Storm Harvey

AUSTIN - Sunday afternoon Governor Greg Abbott addressed the state regarding the widespread flooding. 

The Governor stressed the importance of staying off roadways due to the heavy rains and the future rainfall that is expected to hit the area. 

The National Guard and State Guard has 3,000 service members, 500 vehicles, 6 shelters, and 14 aircraft working throughout this widespread area. 

Texas Department of Transportation has 400 people working on recovery missions, removing debris, and repairing road signs. Governor Abbott said this is part of the early stages of the rebuilding phase. There are more than 250 highway closures and to check on road closures, visit drivetexas.org.

The Public Utilities Commission has over 300,000 outages across the widespread area. 

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is working on Corpus Christi water samples and other sources to restore a reliable water source. 

Texas Task Force 1 & 2 has 400 members engaged in search and rescue. 

Governor Abbott continued to explain the health team has ambulances and mobile medical units throughout the area. The Communication Department is working to restore cellular communication, as well as have electronic trailers set up for communication between first responders. 

Texas Park and Wildlife has 100 game wardens working on search and rescue. They have assistance from Louisiana and Florida. 

Texas Department of Public Safety has assigned 1,750 DPS officers to work throughout the area with an additional 500 officers working in Houston. 

There are also multiple other efforts underway. 

Governor Abbott said in addition to the federal government multiple states are assisting Texas. Those states include Nebraska, Utah, Missouri, Arizona, Tennessee, California, Ohio, and New York. 

With the Coast Guard, Vice-Admiral Karl Schultz, explained the Coast Guard is actively engaged and has resources from across the country. He said they are in the fight to support Texas and this will be a sustained challenge for coming days. 

In closing, Governor Abbott says they are doing everything to protect human life. He did not have confirmation to confirm fatalities that have been caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. 


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