Lavaca River to flood
By Advocate Staff
Aug. 27, 2017 at 2:59 p.m.
Updated Aug. 26, 2017 at 1:19 p.m.
3 p.m. update
The Lavaca County river is getting close to flood stage, said Mayor Stephen Hunter.
The river is now reaching 25 feet, and will reach flood stage at 27 feet.
The City of Hallesttville has issued a voluntary evacuation for residents that live in the Lavaca River flood plane or in low lying ares. The city also has a curfew in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
"All we can do is watch the weather ... and try to react to the conditions, (they) change constantly," the mayor said."We will respond appropriately."
The Lavaca County Sheriff's office is also monitoring the river and the city.
"We have all our sheriff's office personnel are being deployed or they are on standby," said Sheriff Micah Harmon.
The county also has 13 Department of Public Safety Troopers monitoring the roadways.
The following roads are closed in Lavaca County according to the sheriff's office Facebook.
- U.S. 77A at Rocky Creek and Mustang Creek
- Farm-to-Market Road 318 at Rocky Creek
- Farm-to-Market Road 1447
- Farm-to-Market Road 530 at the Navidad River
- County Road 172
- County Road 196
- County Road 198
- County Road 1 at Poor Farm Bridge and at Rocky Creek
- County Road 12
- County Road 138
- County Road 124
- County Road 125
- County Road 182
- County Road 298
- County Road 299
- County Road 322
- County Road 444
- County Road 406
- County Road 432
No major incidents have happened in Lavaca County yet, Harmon said. Sunday morning deputies assisted occupants in a vehicle that were stuck in high water on County Road 122, which is flooded by Navidad River. The occupants were transported to safety and the vehicle is still in the high water.
7:40 p.m. update
Hallettsville officials anticipate the Lavaca River will flood the city. City officials are going door-to-door advising residents living along the river to evacuate.
The last time the river flooded in the city was on Aug. 30-31, 1981 when it inundated the downtown including the courthouse square. Prior to that it flooded in June 1940.
1:15 p.m. update
The eye of Hurricane Harvey has passed over Cuero, DeWitt County Emergency Management Coordinator Cyndi Smith said. In Harvey's wake, the roof of Executive Inn was compromised and its occupants were evacuated to the shelter at Cuero Intermediate School. No one was injured.
Smith said crews have been dispatched to survey the damage throughout the county, which includes several downed power lines and fallen tree limbs.
The main water pump is out of service, so Smith asked that residents limit their use of water.
Shelters are still open at Cuero Intermediate School, 502 Park Heights, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Yorktown, 234 N. Gohmert St.
12:20 p.m. update
Lavaca County experienced heavy rains and winds in excess of 50 mph Saturday, said Dirk Moore, deputy emergency management coordinator for the county.
Hurricane Harvey scattered trees and debris on roadways throughout the county and did some damage to structures, but no injuries were reported as a result of the storm.
State Highway 95 is closed between Shiner and Moulton because of downed power lines in the roadway, Moore said. The county was not experiencing any flooding as of noon Saturday.
Lavaca County had scattered power outages, including some parts of Halletsville, Yoakum and Shiner.
Moore said a voluntary evacuation order was in place for the county, but he estimated most of the county's residents had chosen to stay and weather the storm.
A curfew is in place for Yoakum from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. throughout the weekend, said Yvonne Rodriguez, with the Yoakum Police Department.
Hallettsville had a curfew in place from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, said Lieutenant Erica Vaccaro, with the Hallettsville Police Department. Officials decided in a meeting Saturday afternoon to continue the curfew Saturday night.
Moore advised residents to stay indoors and particularly to avoid traveling on the roads.