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Hurricane Harvey Press Releases
Legal Advice Clinic

Please see attached flyer regarding information about a Legal Advice Clinic we will be hosting for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. This clinic is for low income individuals and families who wish to receive legal advice regarding disaster assistance. Please pass along this information to anyone in need of these legal services.

When: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Where: 804 Pecan Street, Bastrop, TX 78602
            Annex Building
            Lower Level Conference Room

VLS-TRLA Clinic Flyer

Reporting Damage
Bastrop County has opened a hotline for residents and businesses to contact to report damage due to Hurricane Harvey.  The number is (512) 303-4300 and will receive calls from 9am to 5pm.  It is imperative that you call to report damages as soon as possible in order to enable Bastrop County to meet the threshold for individual assistance from FEMA.

Bastrop County Offices will be back to normal operating hours Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bastrop Joint Incident Command Center
Bastrop Joint Incident Command Center 
4:00 pm, Monday, August 28, 2017

The emergency management teams of Bastrop County and the City of Bastrop have operated a joint Emergency Operations Center at the Bastrop Police headquarters in response to Hurricane Harvey.

Operations today concentrated on assessing the condition of roads and bridges and keeping the public informed.  Indications are that most roadways are stable and safe.  The County Judge held a conference call with the four school systems in the County regarding bus routes.   Each ISD will make a determination about start times and bus routes and will publish the information in the usual media.

Earlier in the day, the Bastrop Mayor Schroeder and City Manager Humble, as well as County Commissioners Beckett and Meuth, took helicopter tours of flood damages, compliments of the City of Austin Police Department.  They reported vast flooded fields and multiple water-covered roadways and driveways.  There are still 68 public roadway closures and we ask that our citizens remain alert and cautious.  

Governor Abbott included Bastrop County in the state disaster declaration on Sunday, August 27.  This allows Bastrop County to seek assistance from FEMA.  We need your assistance in this process to establish losses and document needs.  Individuals can call 512-303-4300 between the hours of 9 and 5 to report damages associated with Hurricane Harvey.  

Three evacuation shelters have been open throughout the County in response to this disaster.  The shelter at the First United Methodist Church in Bastrop will close at 5:00 pm today.  Those five evacuees will be transferred to the shelter in Smithville.   At this time, there are about 10 evacuees in the Smithville Recreation Center, which will remain open as long as needed.  The shelter at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elgin has 90 evacuees and will continue to provide care for the immediate future.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative reports that this storm caused 146 outages effecting 4785 families and businesses with only 15 outages remaining, effecting 131 families and businesses.  Crews will continue to work around the clock until all power has been restored.  To report power problems call 1-800-949-4414.  City utility systems in Bastrop, Smithville and Elgin are operating without interruption.

As Hurricane Harvey moves from response to recovery, Judge Pape expressed his appreciation to all citizens for honoring his request to shelter in place and keep off of the public roadways during the height of the storms and flooding.  Few rescues were required and everyone has been safer, including our first responders, fire fighters and patrol deputies.

All evacuation orders, both mandatory and voluntary, have been cancelled.

Beginning on Tuesday morning, all County and City of Bastrop offices will be back to normal operations.  The Commissioners Court session that was postponed today (Monday) as a result of the disaster will be held at 1:30 pm, Tuesday, August 29th, at the regular meeting room in the Courthouse Annex.

County Judge Paul Pape
Bastrop County, Texas

Press Release: Highlights from August 27, 2017 5:00 pm Press Release
Only 1-2 inches of rainfall added today to Bastrop County totals

7 calls for assistance - 2 water rescues no incident or injuries to report.

Shelter info (see below)

120 Road Closures across the County.  See below websites for info.

All school districts in Bastrop County closed on Monday.

Sheriff's Office arrested 8 people for crossing barricades placed for flooding.

This has become a Historical Tropical Weather event for Bastrop County.  Please continue to be alert and be safe.

To donate to help flood victims in Bastrop County go to BCLTRT.org

Press Release: Recap from night of August 26, 2017
Recap from last night:

56 calls for assistance, 11 water rescues.  All completed without further on incident or injury thanks to the great job by our first responders.


FUMC Bastrop - 1201 Main Street, Bastrop, TX
Smithville Rec Center - 106 Gazely St., Smithville
Sacred Heart Catholic Church - 302 W. 11 th Elgin - will open at 3:00 pm today

Many road closures.  Please check ATXfloods.com or drivetexas.org.  These websites are not fail safe because of the widespread flooding so please use common sense while traveling.

All schools districts will be closed on Monday, August 28.  As well as County Offices, City of Bastrop and City Smithville Offices.

Voluntary Evacuations requested for the areas of 2 mile Lane, Ponderosa, Crafts Prairie neighborhood and Pecan Shores.

Weather future forecasts another predict 6-10 inches for today.  Please remain vigilant about your surroundings.  Stay at home if possible.  If have to get out, be aware of water over roadways.  Turn around, Don't drown.

All County Offices will be CLOSED Monday, August 28, 2017
Due to weather conditions,  all County Offices will be closed Monday, August 28,2017 with exception of essential personnel.  Essential personnel will be notified by their Department Head.  All Court dates will be rescheduled as well.  This includes Commissioners Court and all Judicial Courts.

Please be safe.

Judge Pape

Tropical Storm Warning for Harvey Issued for Bastrop County - Stay Alert!
While there is still uncertainty with the track, and impacts could vary based on landfall, the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management is urging residents to prepare in advance in the event our region experiences heavy rainfall, high winds or localized flooding from Hurricane Harvey.  Watch for more information in our "Alert Center" on our home page.

Landowner Alert Regarding Hurricane Harvey

Farmer, Rancher and Landowner Alert:

In preparation for potential flooding and possible evacuations from Hurricane Harvey, farmers and ranchers are encouraged to move large farm equipment or livestock as early as possible today, so that farm and ranch traffic is not on the roadways on Friday or Saturday.  Also, landowners are advised to move livestock and equipment from low lying, flood prone areas in the event of torrential rainfall.  Please stay informed of local conditions on the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management Facebook Page, and through the local news media


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