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Montgomery County Emergency Management Media Release: Mandatory Evacuations Cancelled

05/24/2015

Mandatory Evacuations Cancelled

Based on revised weather forecasts that lowered rainfall predictions, County Judge Craig Doyal, in concert with Sheriff Tommy Gage, Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Meador, and emergency officials, has cancelled the mandatory evacuation for neighborhoods near the Lewis Creek Reservoir.

The National Weather Service forecast predicts scattered thunderstorms throughout Sunday evening and predictions of approximately 2 inches of rainfall early Monday morning.  Early this morning, approximately ¾ of an inch of rainfall occurred in the majority of Montgomery County - not the 3 inches of rainfall that was predicted.

County officials have continued to meet with emergency officials and determined that due to updated evaluations at the Lewis Creek Dam and predictions for less rainfall then earlier predicted in the Montgomery County area, evacuations will be cancelled for residents that fell in the area of concern at this time (click here for map).

Montgomery County officials will continue to evaluate incoming information and monitor updates at the Lewis Creek Dam.   A Red Cross shelter will remain open at the Lone Star Community Center in Montgomery.  The address for this facility is 2500 Lone Star Parkway Montgomery, TX 77356.

"While we regret the inconvenience the evacuations caused for area residents, it was important that we act in a timely fashion to protect the public based on the information we had on hand," Judge Doyal said.

"Now that the weather threat has diminished, we believe it is safe for residents to move back into their homes."

At this time, the dam remains intact, and there are no breaches.  Workers continue to make progress to mitigate the soil slides along the levee.

The customer information center is open tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the North Montgomery County Community Center at 600 Gerald St. in Willis. Residents can speak to an Entergy representative about the situation. For general information, or assistance please call the United Way 211 call center or 713-957-4357, and choose the "General Information" option.  Please do not call 911 unless you have an emergency.

Continue to look for updates at www.mctxoem.org and www.entergytexas.com

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