Today Bailey’s Prairie has submitted a disaster declaration for this storm event. Emergency information will be posted on the Bailey’s Prairie Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Village-of-Baileys-Prairie-TX-885712694908035/ ). It is not necessary to subscribe to Facebook to access the information.
Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall tonight in the Corpus Christi / Rockport area. Bailey’s Prairie has already started experiencing the outer bands of this storm. This is what we might expect in Bailey’s Prairie.
- Sustained Tropical Storm Force Winds (50-60 MPH with higher gusts) most likely beginning Saturday.
- There is a possibility of tornados in the bands of the storm.
- A flash flood watch is in effect for our area.
- The slow movement of Harvey will produce catastrophic flooding with rain amounts of 15”-25” predicted over Saturday and Sunday along the coastal counties. There may be some local amounts of rain of 35”. It is still uncertain what might happen Monday and Tuesday.
- Harvey will push up the surf along our coast and up our rivers and bayous, so the rain that falls will not be able to push off the coast.
- It is reasonable to expect loss of power which could last days.
- It is reasonable to expect road flooding and road closures.
- In addition, with the heavy rainfall north of us in the Brazos River floodplain, residents of Bailey’s Prairie should be aware of the potential for major to record river flooding. FYI…the River Forecast Center does not predict river levels beyond 48 hours as the river levels are dependent on rainfall.
National Weather Service: www.weather.gov
National Weather Service River Forecast Center http://water.weather.gov/ahps/rfc/rfc.php
National Hurricane Center http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Harvey
Village of Bailey’s Prairie FB Page https://www.facebook.com/Village-of-Baileys-Prairie-TX-885712694908035/
Brazoria County http://brazoriacountytx.gov/