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.

 

Road Closures in Brazos County May 27, 2016 11:00 AM

Koppe Bridge Road at River Place Subdivision

Royder Road (close to the dead end)

Cherokee Road at Hwy 6

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 Thurmun

Democrat Road at Navasota River

Dick Elliot Road at FM 974 (Wickson Creek)

Dick Elliot Road at OSR

Old Hearne Road at OSR

Mumford Road at FM 2818

Mumford Road at Saunders

Burt Road at the bridge

Silver Hill Road at Thompson Creek

Old Bundick Road at McDonald Creek

Macey Road at the Bridge

Edge Cuttoff Road at Rocky Creek

Edge Cuttoff Road at OSR

Edge Schoolhouse Road at Rocky Creek

FM 1179 at Grassbur

In College Station

Bird Pond Road

Wilderness Drive in Raintree Drive

In the City of Bryan

Dumas & MLK

Road Closures as of 8am

BRAZOS COUNTY

FM 1179 at Grassbur is closed. For additional updates visit: http://j.mp/brazosroads.

City of Bryan – Intersections around Wheeler Ridge which are closed:

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

 

 

7:45 AM Press Release

 

PRESS RELEASE

5/27/2016 – 0745hrs

Additional Information – Severe Weather Incident

 

Media are welcome at the Community Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) between 9:30am and 11:00am. The CEOC is located at 110 N. Main Street, Suite 100, Bryan, Texas 77843. Contact PIO on Duty: 979-436-2843.

 

 

Emergency calls from 5/26/2016 at 10am through 5am on 5/27/2016

Stalled Vehicles    
City of Bryan Brazos County City of College Station
10am-10pm 10pm-5am 10am-10pm 10pm-5am 10am-10pm 10pm-5am
29 5 9 2 8 4

 

Minor Accidents    
City of Bryan Brazos County City of College Station
10am-10pm 10pm-5am 10am-10pm 10pm-5am 10am-10pm 10pm-5am
12 1 1 0 9 0

 

Major Accidents    
City of Bryan Brazos County City of College Station
10am-10pm 10pm-5am 10am-10pm 10pm-5am 10am-10pm 10pm-5am
23 1 18 0 5 0

 

Water Rescue Tone Outs*    
City of Bryan Brazos County City of College Station
10am-10pm 10pm-5am 10am-10pm 10pm-5am 10am-10pm 10pm-5am
25 0 16 0 3 0

*May not reflect actual number of rescues.

7am Press Release

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.