5/27/2016 – 1200pm
Severe Weather Incident
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.