New evacuation orders issued in epic flooding emergency

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ABC13's Jeff Ehling tries to get to the bottom of evacuation orders for residents living near Barker Reservoir.

Mayor Sylvester Turner is urging residents of dwellings with water already inside in west Houston to leave their homes.

This is a voluntary evacuation of homes, including apartment buildings, of the already inundated properties west of Gessner, east of Highway 6, south of IH 10/Katy Freeway, and north of Briar Forest.

A voluntary evacuation means a threat to life and property exists or is likely to exist in the immediate future. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that to avoid a larger catastrophe, it must continue to release reservoir water into the Buffalo Bayou watershed and that water may be present in homes for 15 days.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said evacuations of flooded homes is advised because of potential dangers such as electrocution.

If you are in the voluntary evacuation area and need assistance, the City of Houston urges you to call 911.

The city will provide transportation to the NRG Park shelter for those in need of housing or residents can proceed there directly.

The evacuation request does not affect homes without water inside in the described area.


UPDATE 4:40 A.M. FRIDAY - Brazoria County Office of Emergency Management issues mandatory evacuation order for following areas of Lake Jackson: Dewberry Street, Dewberry Court and Strawberry Street.

UPDATE 10 A.M. FRIDAY - Brazoria County Office of Emergency Management issues mandatory evacuation order for following areas of Richwood: Audubon Woods 2 and 3, Brazos Crossing. There are several new road closures in the area.

UPDATE 7 P.M. THURSDAY - Mandatory evacuation issued for Audubon Wood 1 and surrounding areas. The sewer service has become overcapacitated.

UPDATE 6 P.M. THURSDAY - The mandatory evacuation order has been lifted for Inverness Forest Subdivision has been lifted. Residents may return home.

UPDATE 9:30 A.M. THURSDAY - Dickinson lifted its mandatory evacuation for residents. Some services may be limited or delayed. A dusk-til-dawn curfew is in effect until further notice.

UPDATE 8:25 A.M. THURSDAY - Fort Bend County clarified and updated the neighborhoods that are under and no longer under a mandatory evacuation order around Barker Reservoir.

The sections that are now under mandatory evacuation includes: Cinco Ranch South Lake Village, Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, and Villas of Villagio Townhomes.

The sections that are no longer under mandatory evacuation are: Cinco Ranch Greenway Village, Sections 1-9; Cinco Ranch Meadow Place, Section 4; and Cinco Rancho North Lake Village, Sections 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

A map of the update evacuations was also released.

The county added the areas of the evacuation order will reduce as water recedes.

Despite the clarification, residents were confused over which neighborhoods were truly under the order. Residents observed receding water in neighborhoods under the order.

UPDATE 1:25 A.M. THURSDAY - A mandatory evacuation has been issued for more than a dozen subdivisions near the Barker Reservoir, which is expected to rise to record levels. County officials have created an interactive map showing the evacuation area, which includes the following neighborhoods:

  • CANYON GATE - all sections
  • CINCO RANCH - following sections:
    • Bayou Park Estates
    • Cinco Forest
    • Equestrian Village
    • Fountain View
    • Greenway Village
    • Institutional Core
    • Southpark Meadow Place
    • North Lake Village
    • Plaza Subdivision
    • West, Section 7
  • Willow Fork
  • GRAND LAKES - all sections
  • KELLIWOOD - following sections:
    • Courts
    • Fairways
    • Greens
    • Links
    • Park
    • Pointe
    • Terrace
  • WILLOW FORK - Greens, Section 1

If you are a resident in the evacuation zones and you do not have transportation or a place to go, call Fort Bend Office of Emergency Management at 281-342-6185 and request assistance with the evacuation.

UPDATE 8:30 PM MONDAY - A mandatory evacuation has been issued for residents in the Northwood Pines subdivision in Spring due to possible levee failure. Evacuees should go to the shelter at Spring High School. Officials warned if residents do not evacuate before 11 p.m., they may not be able to get out.
UPDATE 6:20 PM - MONDAY - A mandatory evacuation has been issued for residents near the Inverness Forest Levee. Water is near the top of the levee.
UPDATE 2:15 PM - MONDAY - A mandatory evacuation has been issued for Fort Bend County LIDS 15 and 19. Residents are asked to leave as soon as possible.
UPDATE 12:25 PM - MONDAY - A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all citizens within the city of Dickinson. Officials said the evacuation order is being established because of a combination of several factors, including the fragile infrastructure within the city due to the storm flooding, the limited utilities available at this time and current continued forecast track of Harvey.
UPDATE 12:25 PM - MONDAY - A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all low lying areas in the unincorporated portions of Liberty County that are prone to flooding along the Trinity River.
UPDATE 12:15 PM - MONDAY - FORT BEND COUNTY - A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for Pecan Grove.
UPDATE 11:21 - Waller County - County Judge Trey Duhon has ordered a mandatory evacuation immediately for low lying areas along the Brazos River, between Highway 529 to areas south of I-10. These areas include:
  • FM 3318
  • Diemer Rd
  • FM 1458 (Brazos River to Buller Rd)
  • Clemons Switch Rd
  • Hartwell Rd
  • Robichaux Rd
  • Garrett Rd
  • Mt. Zion Rd
  • Sunny Side Rd
  • Sunny Side community
  • Hall Rd
  • Delma Rd
  • Hartman Rd
  • Hannay Rd
  • Muske Lane
  • Foots Wilson Rd
  • Peach Ridge Road
  • House Road
  • Donigan Road
  • Sampson Rd
  • Seidel Rd
  • FM 1887 (south of FM 3346 and west of Kerr Rd)
  • Harpers Church Rd
  • Stefka Rd

UPDATE 9:38 AM - Sienna Plantation - The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management says a mandatory evacuation has been ordered for Sienna Plantation. Officials said residents should leave as soon as possible.
UPDATE 5:19 AM - Conroe - City officials say McDade Estates is under a mandatory evacuation, but are recommending residents in River Plantation, Woodhaven Forest, Artesian, Riverbrook Drive and Sherbrook Circle, neighborhoods off of FM 2854, and the neighborhoods downstream from McDade Estates.
UPDATE 3:01 AM MONDAY - Conroe - Record levels of water being released from Lake Conroe Dam. The city will be evacuating McDade Estates, while other neighborhoods will be evacuated by the county.
MISSOURI CITY - Fort Bend County officials said Missouri City residents under mandatory evacuations should leave at daylight. Here is a map of the evacuation zones.
UPDATE 11:46 PM SUNDAY - Bay City - Catastrophic flooding of up to 10 feet of water is expected in downtown Bay City on Monday. A mandatory evacuation has been called for 1 p.m. tomorrow for the entire city and surrounding areas.
Sugar Land - The Fort Bend County Judge's Office says a mandatory evacuation has been issued for Sugar Land residents in First Colony Levee Improvement District #1 and those living within the Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District #7.
UPDATE 10 PM SUNDAY - Rosenberg - Rosenberg police posted mandatory evacuation for homes on Huntington Rd. Unknown if bridge into area will hold as river levels rise. Bridge is only way out.
UPDATE 11:30 AM SUNDAY- Simonton - A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for Simonton, Texas effective 10:00 A.M. August 27, .2017 for Sections 1, 2 and 3 of Valley Lodge Subdivision due to the conditions of the Brazos River
UPDATE 1:50 PM SUNDAY - Fort Bend County - Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert has upgraded the voluntary evacuation order for certain residents in low-lying areas surrounding the Brazos River to a mandatory evacuation order. If you are a resident in the evacuation zones and you do not have transportation or a place to go - PLEASE CALL 211 and request assistance with the evacuation.
Brazoria County - County Judge Matt Sebesta has issued a MANDATORY EVACUATION for all residents living WEST of State Highway 288 and SOUTH of State Highway 6. Refer to attached map.
An evacuation route has been established for State Highway 35 Westbound to Matagorda County to Northbound State Highway 71 reaching Interstate 10. Refer to map. THERE ARE NO OTHER EVACUATION ROUTES OUT OF BRAZORIA COUNTY. State Highway 35 WILL NOT be open indefinitely and will be unpassable with additional rains and river flooding. LEAVE NOW! Residents needing a place to go can shelter in Bell County. Self-Evacuation destination in Bell County will be the EXPO CENTER, 301 West Loop, Belton, Texas. Pets are welcome!
Aransas Pass - Mandatory evacuation order issued
Calhoun County - Mandatory evacuation order issued
Freeport - City officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation for all low-lying coastal areas, including Bridge Harbor. All other residents are also encouraged to evacuate.
Matagorda County - Everyone south of FM521 is included in the mandatory evacuation order, including the communities of Palacios, Collegeport, Matagorda, Sargent and Wadsworth.
Rosenberg - Due to the potential serious threat of flooding and record high levels of the Brazos River, the City of Rosenberg has issued areas of mandatory evacuation for residents and visitors in parts of Rosenberg:
  • West Street and Mulcahy Street: North of Avenue D
  • River Road area: All properties North of River Road, adjacent to the river
  • North of Brazos: all properties North of the Brazos River, within City limits
  • North Rosenberg: All properties East of 4th Street, North of Avenue B; all properties on 1st Street North of Avenue D


4:35 p.m.

Colorado County, the City of Eagle Lake and the City of Columbus have issued voluntary evacuations due to the threat from flooding.
Unincorporated Colorado County
-Voluntary Evacuations issued for properties adjacent to, and along the Colorado River.
-Contact: 979-733-0184 or the Colorado County Sheriff's Office 979-234-2640
City of Columbus

-Voluntary evacuations for flood-prone areas in the city.
-Contact: 979-732-2366
City of Eagle Lake
-Voluntary evacuations for flood-prone areas in the city.
-Contact: 979-234-2640

The designated shelter for this evacuation is the Veterans Hall 305 Park Drive, Wiemar, Texas.

Galveston County - Judge Mark Henry has issued a voluntary evacuation for residents in all unincorporated low-lying areas of the county. This includes San Leon, Bacliff, Old Bayou Vista, and Highland Bayou. The latest areas are in addition to the order already in effect for the Bolivar Peninsula, including 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.
Brazoria County - Voluntary evacuation order issued for low-lying coastal areas inland of Intracoastal Waterway. There is also a voluntary evacuation for residents living along the San Bernard River, but mandatory evacuations may be necessary, according to the office of Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta.
Chambers County - A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for Smith Point, Cedar Point, all RV parks, those living in unanchored mobile homes and other low-lying areas known to flood.
Dickinson - City officials have issued a voluntary evacuation order for citizens with medical conditions and special needs as well as those in low-lying areas.
Freeport - In addition to a mandatory evacuation for low-lying areas, city officials are urging all residents to self-evacuate.
Galveston's West End - Voluntary Evacuation called for those with medical or access and functional needs on the West End of Galveston. Anyone who needs assistance leaving the island, please call 409-797-3701 or sign up online on the website
La Porte - As of 9:30a.m. Friday, the City has issued a Voluntary Evacuation order for the entire city prior to the arrival of Hurricane Harvey. The area remains under a Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Watch, and expects to receive significant rainfall totals from this storm.
Sugar Land - All other Sugar Land and ETJ residents within levee districts outside those covered by the mandatory evacuation are under a voluntary evacuation at this time.

NOTE: Jersey Village has not issued a voluntary evacuation order, despite social media posts indicating otherwise.

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