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State operations center working around the clock as Imelda dumps heavy rain across Southeast Texas

Elevates State Operations Center to Level 3

BEAUMONT, Texas — The Texas Division of Emergency Management's state operations center has been activated. 

The Texas Division of Emergency Management, TX-DOT, and the Texas Department of Public Safety are among the agencies involved in the emergency response effort. 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott activated the TDEM State Operations Center to Level III in response to Tropical depression Imelda. The state is working 24/7 to support local partners, TDEM said. 

"As severe weather approaches the Gulf Coast, the state of Texas is taking necessary precautions to ensure local officials have the resources they need to respond this event," said Governor Abbott. "State assets have been positioned for quick deployment in the regions expected to be impacted by these storms and I encourage all Texans in the southeast coastal area to heed all warnings from local officials and pay close attention to weather reports as this system approaches."

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Texans are encouraged to follow these safety tips:

  • When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.
  • Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water.
  • Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains, or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection. Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown.
  • Dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground.
  • Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.
  • Stay informed by monitoring weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather in your area