BOLIVAR PENINSULA FERRY SERVICE: The Texas Department of Transportation has announced that ferry service to/from Bolivar Peninsula will pause at 11:30pm this evening. It is critical that residents of Bolivar Peninsula understand that after 11:30pm, the only evacuation route available will be heading east on Hwy 87 towards the center of the storm. Residents should take action now and evacuate while they can.
STORM TRACK UPDATE: There is still uncertainty with the models being projected as to the exact track Hurricane Laura will follow. Hurricane Laura is projected to turn into a Category 3 Hurricane. Galveston County residents need to be prepared for the potential of this storm shifting further west and creating life-threatening storm surge and winds.
EVACUATION ORDERS: The window to prepare and evacuate is starting to shrink. By the time we receive a forecast with a more accurate track, residents may be limited in their options. Voluntary and Mandatory Evacuation Orders have been issued because officials believe that due to potential impacts of this storm, it may be too dangerous to provide emergency services and rescue operations for residents in those areas. If it's dangerous for you, it's dangerous for first responders. We are urging residents to heed the advice of local city and county officials and take the warnings and orders seriously.
AREAS UNDER MANDATORY EVACUATIONS:
- Bolivar Peninsula
- Clear Lake Shores
- Jamaica Beach
- La Marque (only for areas outside the levy system)
- Tiki Island
AREAS UNDER VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS:
- Bayou Vista
- La Marque (for areas within the levy system)
- League City
- San Leon
STAY INFORMED: We are urging residents to continue following only official social media and news channels to receive updates to monitor this situation. Follow Galveston County, Texas or US National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas