Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is urging residents of dwellings with water already inside in west Houston to leave their homes.
A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for flooded homes south of I-10, north of Briarforest, east of reservoirs and west of Gessner. Starting Sunday morning, crews will start going house-to-house in that area to turn off power to any homes that are inundated.
“You have water now in your home, I’m going to encourage you in the strongest of terms to leave”, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a news conference. Electricity will not be turned off to unflooded homes. The mayor said that about 300 out of roughly 4,600 residents have chose to shelter in place, which may put additional strain on first responders.
The mayor threatened to impose a mandatory evacuation if not enough of the remaining residents voluntarily left.
If you are in the voluntary evacuation area and need assistance, the city of Houston urges you to call 911. The homes are expected to be inundated for the next two weeks, officials said.