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Posted on: August 25, 2017

Taylor, Williamson County public safety personnel prepared for Hurricane Harvey

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Williamson County public safety officials are preparing for Hurricane Harvey and its impact on Central Texas.


Williamson County Emergency Management officials are closely monitoring the weather and encourage all residents to do the same. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Williamson County through Monday morning. Williamson County will open its Emergency Operations Center at 6 a.m. on Saturday to monitor the weather and community needs. The public is encouraged to closely monitor NOAA weather radio or local media for storm updates. Sign up to receive emergency alerts by voice, text, or email at WarnCentralTexas.org. Follow Williamson County Emergency Services on Facebook and Twitter @PreparingWilCo.


Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) acts in a support role to Williamson County Emergency Management, assisting with shelter inspections to minimize disease and injury. All WCCHD offices will be closing at 1:00 p.m. today with the intent to re-open at Monday, August 28 at 8 a.m. Please check online before coming to any scheduled appointment on Monday. For more information visit www.wcchd.org.


In advance of any area flooding, Williamson County Road and Bridge is staging barricades so that they can easily close flooded roads and low water crossings. Personnel are on alert status to assist as needed. Check for roads closed due to flooding before you leave the house at www.atxfloods.com. Never drive through water that is flowing over a roadway. Turn around, don’t drown.


The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing staffing. Patrol deputies will be issued personal floatation devices so that they can quickly assist if flooding occurs. The Swift Water Rescue Team is on call and ready to assist with water rescues. The team’s HoverCraft also is ready if needed.


No donations are needed at this time. If you are interested in volunteering with a shelter, please contact the Red Cross at 1-800-928-4271 or visit https://redcross.org/volunteer.


Other good resources for information are:

Drivetexas.org

www.weather.gov/sanantonio

www.nhc.noaa.gov

www.spc.noaa.gov

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