AUSTIN - The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has increased the readiness level of the Texas State Emergency Operations Center to Level II (Escalated Response) and activated additional state emergency response resources as the state prepares for continued heavy rainfall and flash flooding threats this week.
“TDEM and Texas Emergency Management Council agencies are prepared to support needs of local officials as rain and flooding threatens the area along the Interstate-35 corridor as well as East and Southeast Texas,” said Texas Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd. “TDEM continues to urge Texans to plan for hazardous travel conditions and stay weather aware this week.”
TDEM has assembled the following agencies at the Texas State Operations Center to coordinate the state's emergency response in support of local officials:
Additionally, TDEM activated an additional number of state emergency response resources to support flood response operations:
These resources are deploying in addition to state emergency response resources activated over the weekend. TDEM has also placed a number of resources on standby in anticipation of supporting any requests for assistance from local officials.
Overnight, Texas A&M Task Force 1 supported first responders in Bexar County with searches of flooded vehicles to ensure no-one was trapped inside.
Texans are encouraged to make an emergency plan, stock an emergency supply kit for vehicles, and follow instructions from local officials and emergency response personnel.