Updates From Austin County Officials And Austin County Municipalities Concerning Hurricane Harvey

Below are updates with time stamps from Austin County Officials as well as from the Municipalities of Austin County.  We will update this page as updates are made available to us.  For an updated list of road closures, please refer to www.drivetexas.org

[3:30 PM – 8/31/2017]  City Of Sealy:  Garbage service will run normally on the Labor Day holiday Monday, September 4, 2017.

On Monday, September 4, 2017, Texas Disposal Systems will service bulky pick up for residents that missed this service on Monday, August 28, 2017.

Residents that missed regular service on Monday may put out additional bags of garbage on September 4, 2017. Texas Disposal will pick up extra garbage within reason.

Please DO NOT place any type of construction materials, storm debris, or other non-compactable materials in with your regular household garbage. This will cause your service to be skipped as the trucks are not able to collect that type of refuse.

Please contact City Hall at 979-885-3511 if you have any questions.

 

[11:30 AM – 8/29/2017]  Judge Tim Lapham:  AUSTIN COUNTY COURTHOUSE WILL BE CLOSED TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2017 DUE TO ROAD AND WEATHER CONDITIONS

ALL COURTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED

[9:50 AM – 8/30/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  The Flood Warning continues for The Brazos River Near San Felipe * until late Thursday night…or until the warning is canceled. * At 0830 AM Wednesday the stage was 126.8 feet. * Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast. * Flood stage is 122.5 feet. * Forecast…The river will continue to fall to below flood stage by tomorrow afternoon. * At 127.8 feet…At levels above 127.8 feet moderate lowland flooding begins as water is over the gravel driveway on the left upstream bank threatening to isolate the homeowner. && Flood Observed Forecast 6 AM Location Stage Stage Day Time Thu Fri Sat Sun Brazos River San Felipe 122 126.8 Wed 08 AM 124.4 119.6 107.2 102.1 && LAT…LON 2986 9614 2986 9607 2967 9596 2965 9608

[9:00 AM – 8/29/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  Highway 36 at the Twin Bridges is now open in both directions.

[7:45 PM – 8/28/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  MIXVILLE @ MACHALA RD IS IMPASSABLE

[7:40 PM – 8/28/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  Attorneys—Due to Hurricane Harvey, Judge Steinhauser has cancelled his civil docket for tomorrow, 8-29-17; along with his Criminal Docket.

Concerning the Criminal Docket, please contact our office for a reset to have defendants sign. Please fill in the reset date of Sept. 19, 2017 at 9 a.m.. Have the signed resets emailed to me or Sue @ District clerk’s office smurphy@austincounty.com .

Judge Steinhauser is planning (weather/roads permitting) to be here on Thursday, August 31, 2017 to plead out some Felony inmates that are in jail. This should be our misdemeanor docket day with Judge Leedy. Any other Felony matters, including signing resets, can be done on Thursday, 8-31-17 if needed.

Again, all civil docket has been cancelled and Civil matters will need to be reset thru Judge Steinhauser’s office.

All criminal matters will be reset to Sept. 19, 2017.

Travis J. Koehn

Austin County Criminal District Attorney

One East Main, Bellville, TX 77418

Phone: 979.865.5933 Fax: 979.865.5828

travis.koehn@austincounty.com

[7:15 PM – 8/28/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  Additional Road Closures:

LYNN FROM NEUMANN TO KRAMER/STECKBOTTOM @ 331 S/
GRUBBS RD PETERS SAN FELIPE

[7:15 PM – 8/28/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  Event extended (time). Areal Flood Warning from 8/28/2017 6:34 PM to 8/29/2017 12:45 AM CDT for Austin County. More information.

[7:00 PM – 8/28/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  SEVERE WASHOUT WIETSTRUCK RD-IMPASSABLE
KORTHAUER RD CULVERT WASHED OUT BOTH SIDE PASSABLE BUT USE CAUTION

[6:00 PM – 8/28/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  BRIDGE ON NEW BREMEN SOUTH OF DAUGHTRY RD IS CLOSED HIGH WATER

[4:00 PM – 8/28/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  San Felipe Fire just finished a high water rescue on the feeder road under the I-10 bridge. What is amazing about this, is that the driver went around a barricade then, when he lost his car in the deep water, had to climb on the roof while he waited for the fire department to come get him.
It’s not rocket science, but every time there is a road barricaded due to high water, some special people feel they have the need to disregard their safety, and jeapordize the safety of the first responders who have to get them out of the trouble they caused.

[3:00 PM – 8/28/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  The Brazos River at 159 to Hempstead is out of its banks on the Waller county side.

[3:00 PM – 8/28/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  UPDATE:  KIESEWETTER BRIDGE IS DAMAGED AND WILL BE CLOSED

[3:00 PM – 8/28/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  3900 BLK CHEW RD HAS HIGH WATER OVER THE BRIDGE

[1:30 PM – 8/28/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  FM 1458 is now shut down from Mixville to Allen’s Creek in Wallis.

[12:30 PM – 8/28/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  SEVERE WASHOUT WIETSTRUCK RD-IMPASSABLE
KORTHAUER RD CULVERT WASHED OUT BOTH SIDE PASSABLE BUT USE CAUTION

[11:30 AM – 8/28/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  Lower half of Lazy River Subdivision – Residents should leave now ( Per San Felipe Fire Dept.)

[11:00 AM – 8/28/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  San Felipe State Park is completely under water. River Ridge Road in Brazos Country taking on water rapidly. Several houses will be affected.

[10:30 AM – 8/28/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  The Civil Case Dockets set for this week have been cancelled. Contact Judge Steinhauser’s office at 979-865-5911 for reset dates. 
(Media – please publish)

[6:20 AM – 8/28/2017] Sealy Police Department:Here is the most current list of road closures for Sealy and the surrounding areas that have been reported:

Hwy 36n is closed at FM 949 for northbound traffic, and closed at Gindorf for southbound traffic due to Millcreek.

Hwy 36s closed between Sealy and Wallis at Orange Hill Road.

FM 3013 closed at FM 3538 to county line.

FM 331 is closed.

FM 1458 at Mixville closed.

Interstate 10 westbound is closed at Hwy 71 in Colorado County and closed in Flatonia for eastbound traffic.

[6:20 AM – 8/28/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  ADDITIONAL ROAD CLOSURES:

BELLVILLE:
S BELL/O’BRYANT 
HACIENDA/HWY 36

NORTH END : 
FM 389,FM 109,FM 2754,FM 2429,FM 109
WAAK/HOFF,KIESWETTER

(More to come)

[1:00 AM – 8/28/2017] Sealy Police Department:  Sealy has not been damaged as badly from the flooding as our neighbors to the east. We are currently acting as a staging ground for first responders and supplies. We also have a large amount of evacuees at our shelter.

We stand with you Houston and Katy. Hang in there. Help is on the way.

Citizens of Sealy, please be patient with the added congestion and population. Our community has always been close-knit and loving. Let’s continue to share these values with our neighbors throughout this tragedy.

[10:30 PM – 8/27/2017] Sealy Police Department:  The following request is being made on behalf of the Red Cross and KC Hall of Sealy:

We are asking for donations of clothing (all sizes), pillows/blankets, sleeping cots, medically trained personnel and volunteers to help with the large influx of evacuees arriving by the bus loads to Sealy. Donations can be dropped off at the Sealy KC hall located at 1310 Hwy 90W in Sealy. For monetary donations, contact the American Red Cross. All donations and volunteerism is greatly appreciated.

[8:05 PM – 8/27/2017] Sealy Police Department: HWY 36 is closed between Sealy and Bellville at the twin bridges.  HWY 36 is closed between Sealy and Wallis near Orange Hill Rd.

[6:10 PM – 8/27/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  Hwy 36 is also totally closed north of Miller Rd.

[5:50 PM – 8/27/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  ROAD CLOSURE UPDATE: PER SAN FELIPE FD, SIDE STREETS IN THE CITY OF SAN FELIPE ARE NOT PASSABLE

[5:00 PM – 8/27/2017] Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  Just received a report that FM 1094 at Frazier Rd. will not be passable much longer.

[3:45 PM – 8/27/2017] Austin County Emergency Management:  Evacuation from flood prone areas is urgently recommended for your safety before leaving is impossible. Evacuation during daylight hours is recommended. The slow movement of Tropical Storm Harvey will result in continuing rainfall over Austin County, predicted to be as high as 20 inches during the next 24 to 36 hours which will result in additional flooding.  If your area flooded in 2015 or 2016, you will flood again this time. Predicted rain fall between 7 am to 7 pm Sunday is 2 to 4 inches.  Sunday 7 pm to Monday 7 am will be 4 to 8 inches. Monday 7 pm to Tuesday 7 am will be 4 to 8 inches. For the safety of your family and first responders, those living in low areas need to evacuate to higher ground now before the roads are impassable and your home floods.  Those living along the Brazos River, the current level of the Brazos River is at 106 feet and rising. Flood level at the gage in San Felipe is predicted to be 122.5-feet by late Sunday evening and 129.3-foot level by Monday evening. Flood levels in all areas will remain until Friday.  Additional rain beyond the 72-hour period will add to severity of flooding. For reference the flood level crest occurring on May 28, 2016 was 128.50.   Mill Creek is predicted to crest on Monday at 11PM.  The San Bernard is predicted to reach record flood levels and currently is out of its banks. There are already many areas where the roads are obstructed.  Be alert and remember to turn around don’t drown.

[2:45 PM – 8/27/2017]  Sealy Police Department:  Hwy 36 in front of Walmart is starting to flood. Please stay off the roadways.

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[12:00 pm – 8/27/2017]  Judge Tim Lapham:  From 529 south along the Brazos expect the same high water as last year. San Bernard is uncertain but could be close to the same. High point will be Monday late afternoon but make plans and get out early as roads may be impassable.

[8:00 am – 8/27/2017]  Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  Anyone driving FM1458 south of Mixville as far as Allen’s Creek – there is a lot of water on the road coming out of the ditches. There is also scattered debris. People who have livestock in that area should be prepared to make them safe.

[7:00 am – 8/27/2017]  Austin County Sheriff’s Office:  The Austin County Sheriff’s Office and Constable Pct. 2 have confirmed that a tornado touched down in the Bleiblerville area yesterday evening.  Deputies along with Constable Schulz quickly searched the area and made sure that all affected residents were safe. There is visible damage to structures, and fortunately, no injuries have been reported. More assessment will be done this morning.

[2:00 AM – 8/27/2017]  Sealy Police Department:  Electricity still remains out for several residents along Columbus Road and continuing into the county on Fm 1094. No information on when it will be restored. Roadways are currently clear throughout the city at this time.