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Fort Bend County Emergency Management
Friday December 4th, 2009 :: 02:07 p.m. CST

Advisory

SE Texas Winter Storm - Situation Update: Reports of Heavy Snowfall Throughout the County

Fort Bend County activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 7:00 am today. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) moved to readiness level 2 at 11:30 a.m. The EOC is partially activated and staff from the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) are monitoring the snow situation closely.

Update:
- Reports of heavy snowfall throughout county, heaviest snowfall still in the southern part of Fort Bend County.
- Several inches of slush are currently building up on roads.
- Temperature is expected to drop to freezing in the afternoon, and stay at or below freezing until tomorrow morning.
- Dangerous road conditions may be present after freezing temperatures set in.
- Public Transportation is cutting back service in response to the weather conditions.
- Commuter service provided by TREK is shutting down at 12 Noon; and only medically-related demand responsive transports will be made after 1:00 pm. The County's Public Transportation Department is coordinating with area Senior Centers and dialysis centers to ensure safe transport for those who are at such facilities.
- All non-essential Fort Bend County employees have been dismissed as of 12:00 noon today.
- School Closure information is still coming in, and will be posted on district websites when available.
- Katy ISD announced an early dismissal: Secondary campuses at 12:35 and Elementary campuses at 1:40
- Update: Fort Bend ISD: Still on regular schedule, but all evening activities are canceled. SAT Testing scheduled for Saturday will be rescheduled.
- Lamar CISD: Still on regular schedule, but evening activities cancelled
- Needville ISD: will be releasing students at 1 PM today. Buses will run their regular afternoon routes at that time. All NISD activities scheduled for tonight have also been cancelled.
- Stafford Municipal School District: after-school student and athletic activities have been cancelled for Friday
- Calvary Episcopal School: School will dismiss at 2pm today. Students may be picked up at their regular carpool or walk up area at 2pm.
- SafeSchoolAlerts.com is operated by the Harris County Department of Education and is posting school closure information for much of the region.
- New: Fort Bend County Road and Bridge is actively assisting cities in sanding operations, while monitoring and sanding county roads.
- New: At this time all county roads are passable.
- New: All DPS Administrative and Driver's Licence Offices closed at Noon today due to deteriorating weather conditions.
- New: Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office deputies will be patrolling the Westpark Tollway and Fort Bend Parkway all night; report problems to HCTRA Dispatch at 281 584-7500.
- New: Fort Bend County HHS has cancelled H1N1 and childhood immunization vaccination clinics for tomorrow Saturday, Dec. 5

Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management will be updating our website throughout the day, and will keep you updated as conditions change.

For road conditions and closures, check TranStar: http://www.houstontranstar.org/ or the TXDOT website: http://www.dot.state.tx.us/travel/road_conditions.htm

There is also a significant amount of information and updates on social media sites.

FBCOEM's Facebook page has information: http://www.facebook.com/fbcoem
FBCOEM's Twitter page: http://www.twitter.com/fbcoem
Twitter "HashTag" (category): #HouSnow #Storm09
Please let us know if there are developments we are missing by submitting an inquiry, or contacting us via our social networking sites.

Address/Location
Fort Bend County Emergency Management
307 Fort St
Richmond, TX 77469

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 281-342-6185

Fort Bend County OEM
oem@co.fort-bend.tx.us
281-342-6185

307 Fort St
Richmond, TX 77469

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