Montgomery County officials give update on Imelda

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Several officials gathered at the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to give an update on the storm.

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough said the County has had an unprecedented amount of rainfall that was for the most part, pretty unexpected here towards the end.

“We talked a little while ago with the National Weather Service, who told us that in our County, especially over towards the east side of I-45, within the last 24 hours we’ve had anywhere from 25  to 29 inches of rain,” said Keough.

Keough said they were expecting 4 to 6 inches of rain kind of in the central area of the County and 8 to 10 inches in the east part of the County.

“So about two o’clock, three o’clock this morning, it became an unprecedented event,” said Keough.”

Miranda Hahs, Senior Homeland Security Planner  with Emergency Management, said they quickly changed their levels at the EOC this morning from a monitoring stance to level one full response, based on the rain we received, and they had some resources pre-staged around the County in the problem areas ahead of this.

Hahs said they’ve been able to continue to send resources to the hardest hit areas, the same areas that flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

Kevin Bates with the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office talked about rescues across Montgomery County.

“To our knowledge at this point, there’s been over 400 water rescues affected, and we have three shelters open, where those victims are being taken,” said Bates.

Those shelters are:

  • Wildwood United Methodist Church at 8911 FM 1488 in Magnolia
  • East Montgomery County Senior Center at 21679 McCleskey Road in New Caney
  • St. Simon and St. Jude Catholic Parish at 26777 Glenloch Drive in The Woodlands.

State Representative for District 15 Steve Toth said he wanted to thank Governor Abbott for his quick deployment of the Texas State Guard and deep water assets.

“As you’ve heard there have been 400 water responses already, there will be a thousand by the end of the day,” said Toth.

Pct. 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley said he wanted to assure the folks over in East County that they’re not just sitting around doing nothing in West County.

“We’re prepared, we were prepared for it to happen to us. We were fortunate that it missed us, most of us, and we’re going to be there to help you when this is all over, said Riley. Riley added that he wanted Precinct 4 Commissioner James Metts to know that all of the Commissioners Court will be there to help.

Matt Barrett with the San Jacinto River Authority said Lake Conroe started at the beginning of the storm about 27 inches below normal pool elevation of 201 feet above sea level, meaning we had a little over two feet of buffer before any water would need to be released from the lake.

“As of right now, unless something drastic happens with the weather, we do not anticipate having to release water from the dam, especially in the next 12 to 24 hours.

Of course that could always change based on the weather, but right now the dam is closed, the gates are closed, there is no water flowing from Lake Conroe,” said Barrett.

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