HOUSTON – Severe flooding forced Brazoria County officials to issue a mandatory evacuation Saturday night for residents living in the Longhorn Estates neighborhood and those living along CR 28 in Angleton.
Brazoria County has issued a curfew in all mandatory evacuation areas.
The county sent out a proclamation stating no one is allowed in public or private property in the evacuated areas between dusk and dawn.
The order takes effect immediately, and will remain in place until the state of disaster is ended by order of the County Judge.
From the air, you could see water surrounded many houses along the Brazos River. Some homes have been here for years.
Others were still under construction. It was just part of what Gov. Greg Abbott saw during his flight over Brazoria and Fort Bend counties Friday.
Abbott declared a state of disaster Wednesday in dozens of counties across Texas.
The declaration included Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Coleman, Colorado, Erath, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Jasper, Kleberg, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Lubbock, Montgomery, Palo Pinto, Parker, Polk, Robertson, San Jacinto, Tyler, Walker, Waller, Washington and Wharton Counties in the State of Texas. On May 27, Abbott elevated the activation level of the State Operations Center in Austin and continues to urge all Texans to stay on high alert and immediately heed any warnings from their local officials related to this severe flood threat.
“As our state continues to face waves of severe weather and potential flooding, it is crucial that Texans remain vigilant and heed warnings and any evacuation notices from local officials in their areas,” Abbott said. “The State of Texas stands ready to assist all counties affected by severe weather and has dedicated the resources necessary to ensure the safety of those at risk. I would like to thank the first responders who have rescued residents from rising waters and ask all Texans to keep those affected in their thoughts and prayers.”
"It was a thought of deep concern,” said Abbott. He said, “And sorrow to see to see roadways that I have traveled upon in Rosenberg and Richmond in particular and see how there were airboats as opposed to cars going down the streets.”
In Brazoria County, more than 2,000 homes were being evacuated. People who live here saved what they could. They know a flood could mean months away from home.
Abbott said residents should follow the orders. He said, "Listen to law enforcement. In the coming days, as the river rises, there may be evacuation orders. If you receive an order to evacuate, please heed that order. They are giving you that order for a reason. That is because your life is in danger."
After his aerial tour, the governor met with emergency managers at the Brazoria County Courthouse. He warned that the high water along the Brazos River would not fall quickly. He said, “It also summons the urgency for me and local officials to respond to the needs and challenges that the citizens face."