News Release – Stay Out of Mandatory Evacuation Areas

FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS — Residents living in the Barker Reservoir area and under Mandatory Evacuation are urged to stay out of the evacuation area.  Mandatory Evacuation orders are made only after careful consideration and assessment of danger in a given area.

Areas of Fort Bend County within the Barker Reservoir remain under mandatory evacuation due to the danger that flood water poses to life safety. Water remains high and very dangerous due to the possible presence of debris, downed power lines, waterborne pathogens, chemical contamination, and the lack of visibility.  Fort Bend County Health and Human Services has a flyer which warns about the dangers of the flood water still present in the Barker reservoir area.

County Judge Bob Hebert is communicating with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and Law Enforcement to release evacuation notices only when it is safe for residents to return to the neighborhood and to enter their homes.  As water recedes, mandatory evacuation notices will be lifted as areas are deemed safe.