Voluntary evacuation underway for Bolivar Peninsula
Galveston County Judge Mark Henry has issued a voluntary evacuation for Bolivar Peninsula, including the unincorporated areas of Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach, High Island and Gilchrist.
National Weather Service forecasts have predicted 8-12 inches of rain to the area, combined with 4-5 ft. tides and high winds, which could hinder transportation to and from the peninsula. Power outages are also possible as a result of gale force winds.
Judge Henry has warned residents of the area they might find themselves isolated as the heaviest winds and rains wash ashore, which could cut people off from emergency services. The storm is expected to reach Galveston County by 6 p.m. Saturday.
The combination of high winds and tides may also force the temporary disruption of the Bolivar Ferry raising the possibility the area could be cut off during the storm. As of 11 a.m. Saturday ferry services were still running.
“The voluntary evacuation order is intended to alert residents of Bolivar Peninsula that emergency responders may be unable to reach them,” Judge Henry said. “Elderly residents and people with medical conditions should make plans to leave the area before dark.”
Shelter will be provided at Runge Park in Santa Fe, located at 4605 Peck Ave. Santa Fe, TX 77510. Galveston County will provide transportation from the peninsula. Buses will begin arriving to Noble Carl Park around noon. Noble Carl Park is located at 1760 SH 87 Rear Crystal Beach, TX 77650
All low-lying areas are subject to flooding. Stay tuned to local news media for up-to-date coverage.