Press Release – 4 p.m. Update, May 30, 2016

 

PRESS RELEASE

5/30/2016 – 4pm

Severe Weather Incident

 

Press release: 05/30/2016 4pm Updates

 

Bryan Public Works:

City wide bulk debris and brush pickup has been suspended for the week of May 29 through June 4th. Please do not place debris at the curb in areas other than Wheeler Ridge. This will allow city resources to concentrate on the storm damaged areas.

Bryan Public Works will continue bulk debris and brush pick-up in Wheeler Ridge throughout the week from 7am to 6pm. Bulk pick up will be conducted on a street by street basis that will rotate throughout the affected area daily. Street selection will be decided based upon need. No on-street parking will be allowed in the selected areas. Signage and barricades will be in place to aid in notifications. Street selections and dates of pick-up can also be found at www.bryantx.gov/wheeler-ridge.

 

Tuesday, 05-31-2016 pickup will involve the following streets:

Meadowwood Dr.

Woodbriar Dr.

Woodcrest Dr.

 

 

BTU:

BTU crews have completed restoration in the Wheeler Ridge subdivision to all homes that have been deemed safe to be restored. Homes that have not been reconnected are in need of work by a certified electrician prior to BTU re-connecting service. Once repair work is complete, customers can call BTU Dispatch at 979-822-3777 to arrange for reconnection.

 

 

Bryan Police Department:

Bryan PD continues to provide a heavy police presence in the storm damaged areas. Dedicated patrols will remain in place until further notice. If any citizen observes suspicious activity, please contact Bryan PD at 979-361-3888 (non-emergency) or 911 (emergency).

 

Bryan PD asks that citizens minimize the amount of vehicle traffic in the storm damaged area to allow residents, city crews and work crews to continue cleanup and repair efforts. Unnecessary vehicle traffic and on-street parking slows down recovery efforts.

 

 

 

Contact Us If You Experienced Flooding

If you experienced flooding from the severe weather on May 26-27, 2016, please contact the City of Bryan so inspectors can come out and conduct an assessment of your property. This will only be an exterior assessment. Inspectors will not enter your residence. Contact the city through the below link, or visit www.bryantx.gov.

https://weblink.bryantx.gov/Forms/BkrER

 

 

Building Permits:

The City of Bryan will be waiving all fees associated with reconstruction resulting from the May 26 tornado. Remember, most structures require permits, including fences over 6 feet tall. To find out if you need a permit, visit: https://www.bryantx.gov/permits/

Road Closures as of 11:00 a.m., May 30, 2016

Road Closures as of 11:00 a.m., May 30, 2016

Weedon Loop @ the Bridge
Elmo Weedon Road at Wickson Creek
Democrat Road at Navasota River
Long Trussel Road at the Navasota River
Sulphur Springs Road at Hickory
Peach Creek at SH 6
Whiteswitch Road between FM 2154 & FM 159
FM 159 at Whiteswitch Road (TXDOT) (reconstruction)
FM 159 at FM 105 (TXDOT)
Green’s Prairie Trail @ Sweetwater (reconstruction)
Peach Creek Road at Freestone Trail (reconstruction)

Press Release 6 p.m., May 28, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

5/28/2016 – 6pm

Severe Weather Incident 

Bryan Public Works:

City wide bulk debris and brush pickup has been suspended for the week of May 29 through June 4th. Please do not place debris at the curb in areas other than Wheeler Ridge. This will allow city resources to concentrate on the storm damaged areas.

Bryan Public Works will continue bulk debris and brush pick-up in Wheeler Ridge on Monday, May 30th from 7am to 6pm. This will continue throughout the week. Bulk pick up will be conducted on a street by street basis that will rotate throughout the affected area daily. Street selection will be decided based upon need. No on-street parking will be allowed in the selected areas. Signage and barricades will be in place to aid in notifications. Street selections and dates of pick-up can also be found at www.bryantx.gov/wheeler-ridge.

 

05-30-2016 pickup will be involve the following streets:

Meadowbrook between Ravenwood to Woodcrest

Sierra Drive

Windwood Circle

Sioux Circle

Littleton Court

Sutton Court

 

Twin Oaks Landfill will be open on Memorial Day from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Building Permits:

The City of Bryan will be waiving all fees associated with reconstruction resulting from the May 26 tornado. Remember, most structures require permits, including fences over 6 feet tall. To find out if you need a permit, visit: https://www.bryantx.gov/permits/

 

BTU:

BTU crews, with the assistance of contract crews, are working to restore the last approximately 68 customers that remain without power in the Wheeler Ridge subdivision. These are customers that have been deemed safe to be restored. Crews expect to have them back in service by the end of today. Those customers who suffered substantial damage to their property and cannot be safely restored will remain without power until their homes have been repaired. To report completion of repairs, call the BTU dispatch staff at 979-822-3777.

 

The BTU outage map was taken offline for updates earlier this afternoon, but is now operational again. Customers can resume visiting the outage map for updates at outages.btutilities.com.

 

Reports of new outages or requests for updates should be directed to the BTU dispatch staff at the number listed above.

 

Bryan Police Department:

Bryan PD will provide a heavy police presence in Wheeler Ridge. Officers will be dedicated to the affected areas until Tuesday May 31st. At that time, we will reevaluate the need for dedicated patrols.

 

Flooding Assessment:

Here are updates on the flooding assessment being conducted at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016:

Pecan Ridge neighborhood:

  • 39 duplexes sustained flooding
  • 12 units in Pecan Ridge had 18+ inches of water.
  • The highest water level was 27 inches.

Austin’s Colony:

  • 1 house on Stafford sustained flooding

 

Contact Us If You Experienced Flooding

If you experienced flooding from the severe weather on May 26-27, 2016, please contact the City of Bryan so inspectors can come out and conduct an assessment of your property. This will only be an exterior assessment. Inspectors will not enter your residence. Contact the city through the below link, or visit www.bryantx.gov.

 

https://weblink.bryantx.gov/Forms/BkrER

 

*Residents of Pecan Ridge and Austin’s Colony need not report their flooding, as the City has already completed assessments of those areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 p.m. Press Release

Updated numbers on Bryan tornado damage

The City of Bryan has worked with the Red Cross to assess the damage of the tornado that struck the Wheeler Ridge, Tiffany Park, and Miramont neighborhoods.

Here are updated numbers on the tornado damage in these neighborhoods:

153 homes damaged

5 “destroyed” — (total or complete collapse or entire roof gone)

53 sustained “major damage” — (meaning large portion of roof structure missing or damaged, or walls damaged significant, etc.)

72 sustained “minor damage” – (meaning minor roof damage, broken windows, some siding missing, etc.)

23 were “affected” – (meaning that damage is more cosmetic than anything)

These reports are for single-family residential homes only. They do not include flooded properties, vehicles, fences, trees, infrastructure, etc. They also do not include commercial or infrastructure costs.

The designations used are standard Red Cross designations for disaster scenes.

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Other updates:

— Central Baptist Church shelter has closed, and all evacuees have been placed into hotels.

— Bryan Police Department asks residents and visitors in Wheeler Ridge to not park on the street between 8 a.m. and Noon, Saturday, May 28, to allow for bulk debris and brush removal.

— The BTU feeder line has been energized, and BTU crews are slowly bringing power on-line in the Wheeler Ridge, Tiffany Park and Miramont neighborhoods. This process will continue throughout the overnight hours and into Saturday, May 28.

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Twin Oaks Landfill offers extended hours

Twin Oaks Landfill will be open extended hours to assist with storm cleanup efforts on Saturday, May 28, 2016. The Landfill will be open until the last cleanup truck comes into the facility, anticipated to be around 4-5 p.m.

The Landfill will also be open on Memorial Day from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information on the Landfill, contact:

Bryan Griesbach
Executive Director
Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency, Inc.
(979) 764-3832
bgriesbach@bvswma.com

 

 

Road Closures as of 8:20 p.m., May 27, 2016

Brazos County Roads closed as of May 27th, 2016 at 8:20 p.m.
Koppe Bridge Road at River Place Subdivision open
Royder Road (close to the dead end) open
Cherokee Road at Hwy 6 open
Peach Creek Road at Hwy 6
Peach Creek Road at Lick Creek
Sulphur Springs Road at Hickory
Weedon Loop at the Bridge
Elmo Weedon Road at Wickson Creek
Grassbur Road at Wickson Creek
Old Reliance Road at Mathis Creek open
Old Reliance Road at Bowman Creek open
Old Reliance Road at Wickson Creek open
Oak Lake Road between FM 2038 and Democrat Road open
Democrat Road at Hwy 21 open
Kurten Cemetery Road at Mathis Creek open
Dilly Shaw Tap Road at Wickson Creek
Wilcox at Wickson Creek open
Woodville at Rabbit open
Rabbit Lane at Thurman open
Democrat Road at Navasota River
Dick Elliott Road at FM 974 (Wickson Creek)
Dick Elliott Road at OSR
Old Hearne Road at OSR open
Mumford Road at FM 2818 open
Mumford Road at Saunders open
Burt Road at the bridge open
Silver Hill Road at Thompson Creek open
Old Bundick Road at McDonald Creek open
Macey Road at the Bridge open
Edge Cutoff Road at Rocky Creek open
Edge Cutoff Road at OSR open
Edge Schoolhouse Road at Rocky Creek open
FM 1179 at Grassbur open
Long Trussel Road at the Navasota River
FM 159 at Matt Wright Road (TXDOT)
FM 159 at Whiteswitch Road (TXDOT) partially open
Hopes Creek Road at the Bridge
Green’s Prairie Trail @ Sweetwater (new/culvert)

Update on City of Bryan tornado damage from the Press Conference at 4 PM.

 

 

Update on City of Bryan tornado damage from the Press Conference at 4 PM.

 

The City of Bryan has worked with the Red Cross to assess the damage of the tornado that struck the Wheeler Ridge, Tiffany Park, and Miramont neighborhoods.

 

A press conference was held at the Community Emergency Operations Center at 4 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016.

 

These three communities sustained significant damage from the May 26 tornado. Here is a breakdown of the damage numbers:

 

— 138 homes damaged

 

— 4 “destroyed” — (1 in Miramont, 3 in Wheeler Ridge)

 

— 44 sustained “major damage” — (meaning large portion of roof structure missing or damaged, or walls damaged significant, etc.)

 

— 66 minor damage

 

— 24 affected (meaning that damage is more cosmetic than anything)

 

These numbers are expected to rise and these reports are for single-family residential homes only. They do not include flooded properties, vehicles, fences, trees, infrastructure, etc. They also do not include commercial or infrastructure costs.

 

The designations used are standard Red Cross designations for disaster scenes.

 

 

 

BTU: Restoring service in Wheeler Ridge

 

BTU mobilized all of their crews and some contract crews yesterday, and crews have been working around the clock to repair damaged BTU infrastructure.

 

A feeder line that serves Wheeler Ridge, Tiffany Park, and some other buildings on the east side of Bryan, was damaged. Houses in the affected areas must be assessed house-by-house to make sure that there is a safe situation when BTU crews re-energize the feeder line.

 

BTU crews must ensure that every “service” line to individual homes is safe for them to re-energize the feeder line. There has been a lot of damage for the service lines, and many houses are too damaged to have service restored.

 

Crews are continuing to work to restore service.

 

 

Police Department

 

The Bryan Police Department has had a presence in the affected areas, and will have a presence in these areas until it is deemed appropriate to withdraw. There have been no law-enforcement issues in the affected areas and the Police Department asks for patience from citizens as they continue to control access to certain areas.

 

The Police Department would also like to thank its members and members of the College Station Police Department for their work and help during this event.

 

 

Fire

Moments after the Wheeler Ridge disaster, fire crews were on the ground. Members of the Bryan Fire Department immediately started searching more than 50 houses, looking for people with injuries.

 

By 8 p.m. Thursday night, more than 80 calls for emergency services had been received and 30 were water rescues.

 

Other communities, including Navasota, Washington County, and College Station were called in to help. At 4 p.m. Thursday, the Bryan Fire Department requested boat crews from Texas Task Force One. Crews from Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Kileen responded.

 

Crews from Austin will be in the area overnight and extra units are being staffed.

 

Thanks to all of our neighbors who helped.

 

 

United Way

 

Residents who wish to help those affected by the severe weather can donate money to the United Way of the Brazos Valley. http://uwbv.org/bvstorms, or text the word “bvstorms” to 91999.

 

The United Way will be working with the Office of Emergency Management and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster to assess the best way to distribute funds in the next few weeks. The United Way of the Brazos Valley has no need for non-monetary donations at this time.

 

Residents can also use the “2-1-1” service for information on donations.

 

 

 

Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski:

 

Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski spoke at the press conference and thanked all of the City staff members who are working to help in this disaster situation, specifically the Bryan Police Department, Fire Department, and BTU.

 

He also thanked the business community and residents of Bryan who have come together and donated their time and resources to help their fellow residents who experienced damage from the severe weather.

 

The local disaster declaration is the first step to obtaining a State declaration. Without a local disaster declaration, the City is almost guaranteed not to receive funding assistance or to be declared a State disaster area; there is a small possibility the State might declare a major disaster without a local declaration.

 

If property is not insured, the local declaration increases the possibility of State of federal funding assistance for public and private property.

 

For Brazos County, the disaster threshold dollar amount to be considered a State (or federal) disaster is $693,670 uninsured damage County-wide. A single storm can be combined across boundaries to reach required funding threshold requirements. For example, for yesterday’s storm, the City of Bryan can be combined with other surrounding areas such as the County, and other cities and counties to reach other funding thresholds.

 

Declaring a “local state of disaster” opens up the possibility of outside assistance to help our citizens.

 

 

Rep John Raney

 

Rep. John Raney (R-Tex.) also spoke at the press conference and echoed the Mayor’s comments on the residents of Bryan and its first responders. He said he had been in contact with the Governor’s office and that he would be working to secure disaster aid from the state.

 

 

 

 

Brazos County Road Update at 12:50 PM

Brazos County Roads closed as of May 27th, 2016 at 12:50 a.m.
Koppe Bridge Road at River Place Subdivision open
Royder Road (close to the dead end) open
Cherokee Road at Hwy 6 open
Peach Creek Road at Hwy 6
Peach Creek Road at Lick Creek
Sulphur Springs Road at Hickory
Weedon Loop at the Bridge
Elmo Weedon Road at Wickson Creek
Grassbur Road at Wickson Creek
Old Reliance Road at Mathis Creek
Old Reliance Road at Bowman Creek
Old Reliance Road at Wickson Creek
Oak Lake Road between FM 2038 and Democrat Road
Democrat Road at Hwy 21
Kurten Cemetery Road at Mathis Creek
Dilly Shaw Tap Road at Wickson Creek
Wilcox at Wickson Creek
Woodville at Rabbit
Rabbit Lane at Thurman
Democrat Road at Navasota River
Dick Elliott Road at FM 974 (Wickson Creek)
Dick Elliott Road at OSR
Old Hearne Road at OSR open
Mumford Road at FM 2818 open
Mumford Road at Saunders open
Burt Road at the bridge open
Silver Hill Road at Thompson Creek open
Old Bundick Road at McDonald Creek
Macey Road at the Bridge
Edge Cutoff Road at Rocky Creek
Edge Cutoff Road at OSR
Edge Schoolhouse Road at Rocky Creek
FM 1179 at Grassbur
Long Trussel Road at the Navasota River
FM 159 at Matt Wright Road (TXDOT)
FM 159 at Whiteswitch Road (TXDOT)
Hopes Creek Road at the Bridge

Press Release May 27, 2016 – Noon

 

PRESS RELEASE

5/27/2016 – 1200pm

Severe Weather Incident

VOLUNTEERS:

Numerous people are asking what they can do to help the victims from yesterday’s tornado. While the volunteer offers are greatly appreciated, only emergency workers and residents are being allowed into the Wheeler Ridge neighborhood by Bryan Police at this time.

Residents who wish to help those affected by the severe weather can donate money to the United Way of the Brazos Valley. http://uwbv.org/bvstorms, or text the word “bvstorms” to 91999.

More rain is expected this afternoon and the potential for additional flooding still exists. Local departments will maintain increased staffing levels to enable a swift response to any additional problems that arise. Most of the flooded roadways within the cities have reopened at this time. However, there are still numerous roadways closed in the county. A list of current road closures is being maintained on the Brazos CEOC Website: http://brazosceoc.org/.  Remember to turn around, don’t drown.

Bryan Texas Utilities currently has about 1,200 customers without power. BTU crews will continue to work diligently throughout the day to restore power to its customers. An online outage map can be accessed at: outages.btutilities.com. Citizens can call 979-822-3777 to report outages.  Please do not call Brazos County Dispatch to report an outage, unless it is a medical emergency.

Citizens needing assistance can contact 2-1-1 to be put in contact with the appropriate agency.

Initial damage assessment estimates approximately 50-60 homes were affected by the tornado.  Response efforts today are focusing on more detailed damage assessment and clearing the roadways of debris. The Incident Command Post and the Brazos Community Emergency Operations Center continue to coordinate emergency response efforts.