Situation Update (05/26/16 18:00)

PRESS RELEASE

5/26/2016

Severe Weather Incident

At approximately 12:45pm, a tornado was reported in the Wheeler Ridge neighborhood. The tornado traveled in a northeastern direction into the Miramont subdivision and then into East Brazos County.  Initial reports on-scene indicate that this is a low grade tornado. Structures sustained heavy roof damage, trees were uprooted, and heavy damage to outbuildings.  There were no reports of injuries or fatalities. First responders have been going door-to-door checking for residents. Utility services have been disconnected to the affected areas. BTU and Atmos are on-scene. Residents of the affected area can seek shelter at Central Baptist Church located at 1991 FM 158, College Station, Texas 77845.  To get to Central Baptist, residents should take University Drive to FM 158. Citizen with animals evacuating to the shelter can contact 2-1-1 to coordinate temporary care for their animal with the local animal shelters.

Severe weather continues to threaten the area.  The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning until 6pm this evening, a thunderstorm warning until 5:45pm.  Roads are closed throughout the community. We are asking citizens to stay off the roads if possible. Remember to turn around, don’t drown. A list of current road closures is being maintained on the Brazos CEOC Website: http://brazosceoc.org/.

The Independent School Districts should be contacted directly for information concerning students.

An Incident Command Post has been established where first responders are coordinating emergency response. The Community Emergency Operations Center has been activated to support the Incident Command Post and sheltering operation.

BTU is reporting that approximately 2,500 customers are currently without power. Majority of the outages were caused by lightning strikes. Crews will be working around the clock to restore power; however, due to road closures there is limited access to affected areas.

College Station Utilities is reporting no outages at this time.

Citizens can contact 2-1-1 for information concerning shelter locations and local resources.

The following emergency response agencies are currently involved: City of Bryan Police and Fire, City of College Station Police and Fire, Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, Bryan Utilities, Atmos Energy, City of Bryan Emergency Management, City of College Station Emergency Management, Brazos County Emergency Management, Texas A&M University Emergency Management, the Brazos Incident Management Team, and the American Red Cross.

Author: Chris Martin

Chris Martin is the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for Brazos County. Prior to moving into emergency management, he spent 12 years with Bryan Fire Department. His response background includes: firefighting, EMS, USAR, wilderness rescue, HAZMAT and incident management. Chris also serves on Texas Task Force 1 as a Technical Search Specialist.