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Public Safety News
Houston Fire Department
News Release
Monday, January 09, 2012

The Houston Fire Department is currently on the scene of at least 4 high water incidents:

  • KIPP Academy
  • PECK Elementary
  • Tejano Community Center
  • Royal Palms East Apartments

Approximately 16 to 40 people are trapped in chest high water at the Tejano Community Center and Royal Palms East Apartments. Public Works and Engineering has 3 dump trucks at various locations and HFD also has two evacuation boats assisting with the evacuations.

The American Red Cross has a shelter in place at  Reed Road and Cullen and METRO buses are on scene to help relocate the individuals to the shelter.

The Houston Independent School District and HFD have coordinated rendezvous location for parents to pick up kids at St. Francis Church on Reed at Cullen. Students are being taken from the school to MLK at Griggs where they are loaded on buses and taken to St. Francis Church on Reed at Cullen.

The HFD call center has received more than a 100 calls for assistance with minor water rescues. Most incidents have been due to stalled out vehicles in high water. Flooding is the most common hazard in the City of Houston and the Houston Fire Department reminds citizens of the National Weather Service’s safety message “Turn Around Don’t Drown®”

Many times, individuals aren't able to judge the depths of water along roadways and find themselves in perilous conditions. Water at heights of as little as six inches can sweep you off your feet and downstream.  Water as little as two feet can wash you and your vehicle downstream as well.  Be especially cautious at night, when it’s even more difficult to gauge the amount of water in a roadway.  The safest option is to simply avoid driving over water and find an alternate, safer route, or wait until the danger has passed.  
For additional information, please visit the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Emergency Management website at
www.houstonoem.net




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