Published: Sunday, August 27, 2017 @ 3:45 PM
By: Ryan Autullo, Austin American-Statesman
— 1. Five reported dead in Houston. The death count in Houston from Tropical Storm Harvey is at five, the Houston Chronicle is reporting. Among them is a mother and her child who died in floodwaters on Interstate 10. The city and its southern neighbors were pummeled by thunderstorms overnight Saturday with a foot-plus of rain canvassing all areas of the city.
Gov. Greg Abbott told Fox News that damages will be in the billions of dollars statewide. No evacuations in Houston are in place, as Mayor Sylvester Turner said doing so would create a “nightmare.” “You don’t put 6.5 million people on the roads,” he said at a press conference. Officials have reported performing at least 1,000 high-water rescues with thousands more needed as homes were inundated by water.
2. Fayette County residents along river told to leave. Officials have expanded their evacuation order to all Fayette County residents living along thre Colorado River, amid projections that the river will crest at 49 feet overnight. The city has opened three shelters: Second Baptist Church on Von Minden Street, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church on Walnut Street and VFW Post 5254 off the La Grange Texas Fairgrounds. Officials will be going door-to-door and making calls to inform residents of the evacuation order, which initially targeted only the La Grange residents near Water Street. The Colorado River has crested at 50 feet three times in La Grange, but not since 1935.
3. About 50 roads are closed in Bastrop County. And people are discouraged from driving at all after the county got hit with 18 inches of rain in some areas. Two homes along the 500 block of Texas 95 north of Bastrop were under mandatory evacuation. Schools will be closed Monday for all districts in Bastrop County as well as the cities of Bastrop and Smithville. Smithville Mayor Scott Saunders said early Sunday that at least 25 homes have flooded in the city and multiple water rescues were ongoing. The Colorado River in Smithville reached 25 feet, five feet above the river’s flood stage.
4. Second Street closed in Austin. Falling glass from an apartment building prompted police to close Second Street between Colorado Street and Congress Avenue. Police said glass from the Ashton apartment high-rise building has blown out from “multiple floors.” This is a developing story.
5. Westlake football game called off. Though almost a week away, Westlake has called off its season-opening football game against Katy. The official Twitter account of Katy’s football team retweeted the cancellation news from a Westlake fan account. The matchup between state powers was set to take place Friday at Westlake, but Katy High will be closed this upcoming week.