FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fort Bend County, Texas — During hurricane Harvey’s impact and in the days immediately following, Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert issued evacuation orders in many areas of the county in order to protect life and property. These orders at their height covered an estimated 50,000 households. While high water is still present in some areas, conditions on the Brazos River, San Bernard River, and in areas adjacent to the Barker Reservoir have improved enough to warrant cancellation of these orders for the remaining portions of the county. Effective immediately, no areas in Fort Bend County are under an evacuation order.
Residents should still use extreme caution when entering these areas. Remember to; “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Although all remaining evacuation orders have been cancelled, those areas may still have hazards present such as flooded roads, fallen trees, displaced animals, and standing water.
“This historic flood event has challenged Fort Bend County, but our residents have risen to that challenge and shown great courage, poise, and patience in the face of this tragedy,” Judge Hebert said. “We want you to know that we’re right here with you and we are doing everything we can to help you get the care you need, get back into your home, and get assistance from FEMA. Remember, there are still hazards out there, so be careful and keep your family safe.”
Make sure to visit the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management website at fbcoem.org and Fort Bend Recovers website at fortbendrecovers.org for information as you begin the long-term recovery process.
For information on recovering from Hurricane Harvey, visit FortBendRecovers.org.