Power is being cut off to approximately 300 inundated homes in West Houston that were flooded by the release of water from the Addicks and Barker-Cypress reservoirs.
A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for flooded homes south of I-10, north of Briarforest, east of reservoirs and west of Gessner. At 7a.m. Sunday, Centerpoint was to begin cutting off electricity to inundated homes in the zone. Electricity remains on for homes that weren't flooded.
West Houston: if you do not have water in your home already, you need not leave your home. Your power will not be cut off. st— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) September 3, 2017
West Houston: house dry and power off, please report to CenterPoint 713-207-2222; you can stay in home. st— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) September 3, 2017
According to Mayor Turner, the mandatory evacuation order is to prevent harm to residents and make first responder work more feasible in that zone. People in about 115 homes have already evacuated voluntarily. Thousands more need to be evacuated, according to Fire Dept.
Water releases from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may result in standing water in homes for two weeks.