Ike Strikes Walker County Leaving Thousands in the Dark

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

Most Walker County residents are Entergy Texas customers and 99 percent of those are without power. Officials at the Emergency Operations Center say it could be two weeks before power is restored. Until that happens, distribution centers will be set up to help those in need.

You can stop by the Walker County Jail, Precinct 4 in New Waverly, and the Riverside Methodist Church in Riverside. If you need any assistance you can contact the Emergency Operations Center at 936-435-2400.

Walker County is still housing hundreds of evacuees. As of Saturday evening, 1,773 hurricane evacuees are taking shelter in Walker County.
News Three has learned that back up generators had to be brought in to keep those shelters up and running.

Walker County Judge Danny Pierce has ordered a curfew be established for all areas of the county. This curfew begins at 8 p.m. and will run until 6 a.m. It is in effect daily until further notice. Violators could face a $1,000 fine or 180 days in jail.

Since power is out in most of Walker County, Sam Houston State University has cancelled class for Monday and Tuesday. At this time university officials say they intend to reopen on Wednesday.

Sam Houston received minimal damage during the storm, and university officials say they'll take the next few days to make those repairs.

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