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Light rain overnight & improving forecast good news for area
VOLUNTEERS/DONATIONS/SHELTER UPDATES - City of Huntsville Emergency Management Coordinator John Waldo reports that the Walker County Storm Shelter is housing 80 people as of Tuesday, August 29, and the high school has 100. The Walker County Animal Issues Committee is also active handling pets and livestock that needed to be evacuated for the storm. Residents wishing to volunteer to help at the shelter or with the animals should call 936-435-8035. Local response has been very positive and generous. The Walker County Long-Term Recovery Committee will also need a lot of help after the waters recede; volunteers for this can also be listed at 936-435-8035 to be contacted in the coming weeks.
There are still some unmet needs for donations. Donations should be taken to the HISD Transportation Building at 96 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Please note there is not a need today for clothing. Checks may also be delivered to the Transportation Building and should be made out to Walker County Long-Term Recovery. Most needed are the following:
- personal hygiene items such as deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, washcloths, towels
- diapers, all sizes
- pillows & blankets
- pet care items such as dog crates and water bowls
STREET CONDITIONS - Most barricades placed over the weekend have been removed and most streets within the city limits have been reopened. Both entrances at Elkins Lake have been reopened and mud is being removed from areas before all streets in that subdivision are reopened. Travelers are reminded that conditions can change if the rain resumes and not to drive through water they cannot determine is safe. Just because there are no barricades does not mean streets cannot become impassable again if there is additional rain or flooding. The improved weather forecast is encouraging but vigilance is necessary. Check DriveTexas.org for TxDOT road and highway closures in the county and statewide. The TxDOT Bryan office is posting updates of road lists three times a day on their social media networks.