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Brazos Valley Emergency Managers preparing for impacts of Tropical Storm Nicholas

The weather event is expected to impact the Brazos Valley overnight Monday into Tuesday.
Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 2:35 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2021 at 6:31 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Emergency management officials in our area are keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Nicholas.

Brazos County emergency planners say they’re not expecting any major impacts from the storm, but they are closely monitoring its path. It is expected to have impacts to our counties to the southeast.

Inside the Emergency Operations Center, staff are having regular conference calls with state officials and getting regular updates from The Weather Service.

Those planners say it’s a good reminder to stay weather aware and have a plan if you encounter flash flooding or severe weather.

We still aren’t out of hurricane season yet, with it officially ending at the end of November.

”Currently, it looks like it’s going to track to our southeast down more toward the Houston area but with the track itself over the last couple of days. It’s kind of meandering around a little bit so we’re not focused on the track as it’s presented. We’re definitely planning and preparing just in case it does shift again back toward the west or the northwest area,” said Jason Ware, Brazos County Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator.

“And the slower the system moves obviously, the more rain is going to drop so definitely prepare and plan your trip ahead of time if you’re heading toward the Houston area or even to our eastern counties just prepare ahead of time and have a different travel route,” said Ware.

“The track is all over the place so if it shifts just a little bit to the northwest we could be under the gun for heavy rainfall,” he added.

Over in Walker County, their Emergency Operations Center is being activated. County leaders expect the potential for lots of rain, flash flooding and problems on the roads. Sam Houston State announced they’d be closed Tuesday with only essential personnel working.

“We have some low lying areas. They’re concerned about the San Jacinto River and we have some low lying areas here that flood real easily when we have heavy rains. And we’ve got our commissioners and everything, them talking with TxDOT. They’re prepared,” said Butch Davis, Walker County Emergency Management Coordinator.

Emergency management coordinators say it’s a good time to plan for severe weather.

“You have to be prepared too with your go kits and have your family prepared and have a plan in place if you should have to leave your home for some reason or take emergency precautions,” Ware said.

Grimes County Emergency Management tells us they are also monitoring the weather event, as of right now, they are not anticipating major weather impacts in Grimes County.

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