FEMA Disaster Recovery Center to Open Friday, June 17, at Noon

From the City of Bryan:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open a Disaster Recovery Center to assist individuals with property losses from the May 26 severe weather event in obtaining information and filing claims for federal assistance. Along with FEMA, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) should be on site to provide assistance.

The Center will open at noon, Friday, June 17, and may remain open through July 30, 2016, depending on need and demand. Hours of operation will be Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Center will be closed on Sundays.

The Center will be located at Bryan High School, Blue Campus, 3450 Campus Drive, Bryan, Texas, 77802. Parking is located at the back of the building and signage will be posted providing directions to Room 6129 where the Center will be located.

Thank you to Bryan ISD for making this location available for our residents impacted by the tornado and flooding event on May 26, 2016.



SBA Stands Ready to Assist Texas Businesses and Residents Affected by the Severe Storms and Flooding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Texas businesses and residents as a result of President Obama’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced.

The declaration covers Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Travis, Waller and Washington counties as a result of the severe storms and flooding that began on May 26, 2016.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing Texas with the most effective and customer-focused response possible and with access to federal disaster loans to help Texas businesses and residents affected by this disaster,” said Contreras-Sweet. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available to businesses regardless of any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.625 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, victims must first call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621-FEMA (3362). As soon as Federal-State Disaster Recovery Centers open throughout the affected area, SBA will provide one-on-one assistance to disaster loan applicants. Additional information and details on the location of disaster recovery centers is available by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.

Storm Damage Reporting (Brazos County, Kurten, Wixon Valley)

If you live in the unincorporated area of Brazos County, or in the cities of Kurten or Wixon Valley, and sustained damages from the recent storm, please fill out the Google Form linked below. This information will be used as we work with the state and FEMA on storm damage assessments.


Citizens of Bryan can use the following form: https://weblink.bryantx.gov/Forms/BkrER

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)

7am Press Release

5/27/2016 – 0645hrs
Severe Weather Incident

Overnight law enforcement maintained a perimeter around the Wheeler Ridge area. We ask that the public refrain from going into the storm affected area, unless they have proof of residency. Bryan and College Station Police Departments patrolled the area and there were no calls for service overnight.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until 8:30am. More rain is expected after 12:00pm. 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 approximately 1,000 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.

Most residents affected sought shelter with family, friends, and at local hotels. Overnight American Red Cross maintained a shelter at Central Baptist Church for approximately 10 citizens. Citizens needing assistance can contact 2-1-1 to be put in contact with the appropriate agency.

Initial damage assessment estimate approximately 50-60 homes were affected by the tornado. Response efforts today will focus 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.

Bryan Independent School District has cancelled classes for the day. Monitor local media outlets for additional school closings.

Road closure update (05/26/16 22:00)

Brazos County Road Closures


21 and Wixon Creek will be open within the hour


City of Bryan Road Closures

MLK @ Dumas

The following intersections in the Wheeler Ridge subdivision will be closed tonight.

Boonville Rd / Cedar Hill Dr

Woodcrest Dr / Willow Oaks St

Woodcrest Dr /  Green Valley Dr

Ravenwood Dr / Meadowbrook Dr

Meadowbrook Dr / Woodcrest Dr

Green Valley Dr / Willow Oaks St

Traffic Lights are out at the following intersections and it is difficult to see the officers directing traffic:

Boonville Rd / Copperfield Dr  (temporary stops signs are in the works)

Briarcrest Dr / Boonville Rd


City of College Station Road Closures

FM 2154 @ Greens Prairie

Flagstone @ Greens Prairie Tr


TAMU Road Closures

All roadways open all this time.


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



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.

Road Closure Update (05/26/16 17:00)

FM 1179/ FM 158

Harvey Road at Copperfield Dr

2380 Walsh

Veterans Park

Harvey Road at Appomattox Dr

Harvey Road at Weedon

Bullinger Creek/Thornberry

Wayside Btwn Avondale/Burton

29th/ Barak

Earl Rudder Fwy/Water Locust

1200 S. College

Briarcrest/ Country Club

Pierce/ 23rd

N Texas/ Lightfoot

3104 Tennessee

1306 E 26th St

Park Oak @ Tiffany Park

WJB @Freeman

SH 21 Btwn Sims and Texas

Carter Creek/ Esther

Hall/ 18th



Carter Creek @ Capacity

600 Blk Sulphur Springs

MLK Dunbar

1179 Closed at Briarcrest to 2038

Southwest Parkway from Wellborn to Hwy 6 Holleman/Glade KrenekTap/ King Cole Harvey Rd – several areas Longmire/Deacon Spruce/Boyett George Bush/Anderson George Bush/ Texas is down to one lane Krenek Tap/ Dartmouth Deacon/Arroyo Court Burt Rd at bridge-1mi N of Smetana Rd Cherokee Dr at SH 6 Democrat Rd at Sand Creek Dick Elliott Rd at OSR – High Water Dilly Shaw Tap Rd at Mathis Creek Dilly Shaw Tap Rd btwn House Est & FM 974 Dilly Shaw Tap Rd at Wickson Creek (Lilly Dairy) Edge Cut-Off Rd 0.5 mile from OSR Edge School House Rd at Little Cedar Creek Elmo Weedon Rd at Wickson Creek Bottom – Water over rd Grassbur Rd at Wickson Creek (FM 1179) Hopes Creek Rd at River Place House Cemetery Rd- Address #15650 JC Long Dr @ Westway & Lakewood Kathy Fleming Rd at FM 159 Koppe Bridge Rd along roadway – Water over rd Mumford Rd at Saunders (Thompson Creek) Mumford Rd west of Harvey Mitchell Oak Lake Rd btwn FM 2038 & Democrat Rd – Water over rd Peach Creek Rd at Lick Crk (Sulphur Springs Rd) Peach Creek Rd at SH 6 (at bridge) Pleasant Hill Rd at Still Creek Rabbit Ln 1 mi N of Thurman Rd Rabbit Ln at Woodville Rd Royder Rd past Frierson Rd So Dowling at I&GN – Water over rd Silver Hill Rd at Thompson Creek Straub Rd at Creek S of Arhopulos Rd-Water over rd Wilcox Ln 0.25 from FM 974

TAMU Road Closures

North Houston at University Drive

East Main Drive at Texas Avenue

Eastbound lane of Kimbrough Blvd at Discovery Drive

Northbound lane of penberthy

Pot hole on Agronomy Road at the Transportation Center.  Road is open but barricade blocking hole.

as of 3:44pm:


17th/ Boulevard

Mumford between Saunders/FM2818

Old Reliance/ Austin’s Colony

SH6/190 Southbound at FM2818 in North Bryan Carson/Orman

300 Blk E. Villa Maria

3000 Blk S. College Ave


E 25th between Dillard/Coulter

2700 Blk Broadmoor

700 Blk Waco

700 Blk E. 18th

WJB/ Haswell – both sides


Entrance to Wheeler Ridge subdivision

1100 Blk S. Main Street

Villa Maria between Cavitt/Texas