In a press release issued by gov.texas.gov March 10, Governor Greg Abbott urged Texans to be on the lookout and closely monitor weather conditions even after rainfall has ceased.
According to the release, current forecasts indicate the continuation of rainfall, flash flooding and a potential for extreme river flooding in certain areas of Texas throughout the coming weeks.
As water from upstream will continue to impact downstream locations over the next few weeks, Abbott is urging Texans to watch out for changing weather and road conditions and to follow these safety tips during severe weather events:
- When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.
- If you are outdoors, seek shelter in a home, large building or automobile.
- Do not take shelter in sheds, pavilions, tents, dugouts, or other small, open sided buildings.
- Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any flash-flowing water.
- Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains or other areas; never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection.
- Remember that dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground; Turn around, don’t drown.
- Monitor weather radios and news forecasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather, and heed warnings by local officials.
- Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.
Protecting the lives of Texans is our top priority, Abbott said, so it is important that Texans follow these guidelines when severe weather occurs.