Texas coastal residents scramble for supplies ahead of Harvey

By Robert Arnold - Investigative Reporter

PORT LAVACA, Texas - Many Texas coastal residents scrambled to stock up on necessary supplies in advance of Harvey's landfall.

Lines at gas pumps were long and big-box store parking lots were full.

“Want to top off the gas in case we have to get up and go," said Aransas Pass resident Ron Villarreal. "We're prepping, so that makes us feel a little better."

Mike Rodriguez and his son Matthew also grabbed some of the last packs of bottled water at a local Walmart. The store had to work quickly to bring in another shipment.

"Got to get ready," Rodriguez said. "We've got candles, food, batteries."

The city of Aransas Pass blocked certain flood-prone streets and offered residents five sandbags per household.

"I don’t care what happens, God is in charge as far as I see it, just getting ready," said Karen Polasek, as she poured sand from a shovel into a bag.

Across the water at Port Aransas, lifeguard stands, portable bathrooms and chairs were being removed from the beaches. Many vacationers were also preparing to move up their departure dates.

"It's nothing to play with," said Bob Schultz from Round Rock.

Texas A&M Corpus Christi is evacuating its campus starting at noon on Thursday. The Padre Island National Seashore will also be closed at noon on Thursday. South Padre Island officials were also asking residents and vacationers with high-profile vehicles to voluntarily take them off the island.

In nearby Calhoun County, commissioners called for a voluntary evacuation of low-lying areas. In Port Lavaca, many residents were seen waiting in long lines to stock up on gas.

“It’s going to take about 45 minutes," said Lala Lugo. "There's diesel now, but no gas."

The Buc-ee’s in Port Lavaca ran out of gas and had to call in an extra tanker to refill underground tanks. In addition to topping off tanks, many residents were filling up extra gas cans for their generators.

“I live out in a kind of rural area, in case I need gas, I have a generator that I can run my refrigerators and freezers on," Mark Hirschhauser said.

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