A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for most of the Brazos Valley until 12pm. A FLOOD ADVISORY is in effect for southeast Burleson, Washington, eastern Waller, west central Montgomery, and southeastern Grimes county until 7am, eastern Brazos, northern Grimes, northwestern Walker, and Madison counties until 8:15am, and Leon county until 8:30am. A line of thunderstorms -- containing gusty winds, heavy rain, thunder, & lightning -- is sliding east toward the Brazos Valley. 1 to 3 inches of rain could fall as this line continues to move east.
Texas Governor Rick Perry Tuesday announced the state's 211 service is being expanded to help those who can't evacuate during hurricanes and other disasters -- get help.
The call-in information help system will allow those affected people to register -- in advance --for transportation assistance in case emergency evacuations are needed.
Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast last August.
Hurricane Rita came ashore September 24th in southeast Texas --
prompting evacuations and travel turmoil in the days before the storm.
Special needs people, such as those in nursing homes, were among
those facing challenges to evacuation.
The governor's announcement came as part of the state's largest
hurricane preparedness exercise opened Tuesday.
The sessions are focusing on:
-- control and communications
-- evacuation of people with special needs
-- fuel availability
-- traffic management and contra-flow
-- and public awareness.
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