Online Hurricane Awareness - City of Nacogdoches
Posted 09 - 17 - 2008
As of 8:00 AM CDT Tuesday morning, Sept. 16, Nacogdoches was housing approximately 689 evacuees from Hurricane Ike in 6 shelters. All shelters have electric service. As of this morning, 99% of Nacogdoches County Roads had been cleared. Workers from power companies continue to work to restore power to damaged areas.
Within the city, a majority of businesses are open as usual. Grocery stores report a steady supply of ice, bottled water and gasoline on hand. Restaurants and fast food establishments are also open.

Emergency clean-up measures continue throughout the city and county. The following is an update:

· The Salvation Army will begin serving lunch at 11:00 am today at the Douglass School. This location will provide meals for the Douglass. Lilbert/Looneyville and lake Nacogdoches VFD service areas. Residents are asked to bring an ice chest if they need ice.

· The Salvation Army will repeat this process at the Etoile Fire Station beginning at 5:00 pm today. This meal will be for the Etoile, Kingtown and Chireno VFD areas.

· Adequate supplies of water, ice, and food have not been received by Nacogdoches from the State of Texas. In the interim, Nacogdoches officials have been working with private suppliers to get food, ice, and water to Nacogdoches. The City of Nacogdoches water supply is safe to drink. Electrical services have been restored to several business districts inside the city of Nacogdoches, and provisions may be purchased from them. Areas in Nacogdoches County on other water systems either have no water service at all, or are under a boil water notice. These areas are high priority for the distribution of water, ice, and food and WILL BE SERVED FIRST.

· Public distribution of water will begin this afternoon at 3:00 PM at the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center. Residents of the city and county are asked to only take water if you need water. Needy persons should drive to the North gate of the expo center. At this time, there is a one (1) case per household limit on water.

· Citizens are reminded to be careful when hiring contractors for repairs and tree removal. Check references, the Better Business Bureau and be sure that the contractor is licensed and bonded.

· Residents with damage may begin the claim process with FEMA by going to their website at FEMA.org. Further information regarding local FEMA registration will be announced later.

· Residents of the D&M Water System are advised to boil all water prior to use for drinking, making ice, or cooking. Water should be brought to a vigorous boil and boiled for two (2) minutes prior to use.

· The reception center for evacuees at Fredonia Hill Baptist Church is now closed, and persons seeking shelter are asked to report to the Nacogdoches Recreation Center.

· Citizens are asked to exercise extreme caution when using portable generators during a power outage. Generators with combustible engines give off carbon monoxide, a tasteless, odorless and invisible gas that can be deadly. Generators should be placed outside and be well ventilated. They should not be placed within three (3) feet of other combustible items such as a wall or vehicle. Persons using generators to energize their homes directly should be certain that the main electrical circuit to their homes is turned “off” at the meter, to prevent energizing power lines elsewhere.

· Utility and clean-up crews are being hampered by a large amount of sightseeing traffic in areas affected by this storm. IF IT IS NOT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO TRAVEL IN THESE AREAS, STAY AWAY.

· Persons are reminded that all downed utility lines are to be treated as if they are energized. Never attempt to move a downed line or touch a utility line.

· Electric Companies are working to restore power to the city and the county. This could be a protracted operation The Nacogdoches Emergency Operations Center, which has been operating on a 24-hour basis since Thursday, has begun to scale back operations. The EOC will operate during the day, with personnel on call during the nighttime hours.

· Persons needing information in reference to services should call the information telephone bank at 559-2510. This is not a line to report emergencies or other situations. This is an information line only.

· The Columbia Center has a map of road closures available for the public.Click HERE
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