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Refugio County maintains plan for Gulf storm of any size

By JR Ortega
June 17, 2014 at 1:17 a.m.

Stan Upton, Refugio County's emergency management coordinator

Year after year, the preparation for hurricane season in Refugio County stays about the same, and Stan Upton is glad for it.

Upton, Refugio County's emergency management coordinator, said that although the Crossroads is long overdue for a hurricane, he is glad the area has not needed to put its plan into action.

"Nothing is ever going to change," he said about the current plan in place. "It's pretty much the same. ... But it only takes one (hurricane)."

Refugio County is an evacuation county, meaning residents must leave the area if a storm is expected to make landfall.

The first hours after the storm is spent surveying damage and conducting rescue efforts.

Those who refuse to evacuate will have to ride it out on their own until the storm passes.

The city of Woodsboro and Woodsboro school district have a hurricane-proof monolithic dome, but the site has not been declared a shelter.

As in the past, Upton's biggest concern is flooding; the county is surrounded by several rivers and is close to the coast.

"We give people ample opportunity and time to evacuate," he said.

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