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Compulsory evacuation orders in Houston area: West of Gessner Road, Highway 6, south of I-10

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Flooding is still pretty serious in Houston and surrounding areas. Despite the fact that heavy rains that inundated the entire city in floodwater in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey have stopped, flood condition remains grim.

Official estimates suggest that in Greater Houston area 100,000 homes have been fully or partially damaged. Many of these structures have become a threat to the lives of their residents and others.

More than forty people have been confirmed dead in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, while many more remain unaccounted for. Many homes are yet to be reached, this is more about areas where waist high water remains in place even now.


The worst affected in the fourth most populated city in United States is the part of the city known as West Houston. The area continues to fill with water as the Addicks and Barker reservoirs back up and slowly release into the Buffalo Bayou. Houston mayor Sylvester Turner has ordered mandatory evacuation for areas affected by the flooding along the bayou.

Earlier Mayor Sylvester Turner had requested the people to relocate to different areas for their own safety. But now he has asked people living in areas submerged by floodwater to leave the pace immediately.

The areas whose residents have been asked to leave immediately include the residents of west of Gessner Road, east of Highway 6, south of I-10 and north of Briarforest. Turner said the order only applies to homes that are inundated with water. About 300 people remain in the area, which includes about 4,000 homes, Turner said at a press conference Saturday.

The Mayor said, “The situation of the release of water from the reservoir is not going to change in the next 10 days”. If you are in the voluntary evacuation area and need assistance, the City of Houston urges you to call 911. The city will provide transportation to the NRG Park shelter for those in need of housing or residents can proceed there directly.

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