EOS Alerts 30-8-2017
United States: Flooding Continues in Houston, Texas
30,000 people vacated and in temporary shelters due to serious flooding
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller service has issued updated travel advice to advise that “heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Harvey continue to cause severe and widespread flooding in south eastern Texas, including Houston and surrounding areas. Southwestern Louisiana is also affected. Heavy rains are expected to continue for several more days. Widespread mandatory and voluntary evacuations are in place and transportation links have been severely disrupted. On 29 August 2017 (local time), a curfew was announced within Houston city limits from midnight to 5am in order to ensure public safety.”
Tropical Storm Harvey has forced up to 30,000 people to vacate their homes and be placed in temporary shelters in the US state of Texas due to widespread flooding. 50 counties in Texas have been affected by the serious flooding, with further rain expected in the coming days. Over the past three days, as estimated six months of rain has fallen. An additional 1,000 National Guard troops have been deployed to the state, on top of the 3,000 already sent to Texas, which is the size of France, Belgium and Switzerland combined. 300 to 400 households are still waiting to be reached by rescuers. Sources have commented that “the worst is probably yet to come", saying that the storm, which is moving only at an estimated five kilometres per hour, will likely see more rain in the coming days.
Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor the media for the latest information. Anticipate disruptions to essential services. Contact your tour provider or airline for latest information on disruptions and follow the instructions issued by local authorities.