As you know we have two storms in the Gulf. We have been monitoring the updates from the National Weather Service and Emergency Operations Centers from the State and County since Friday. Based on the information we have received MARCO has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm. We are expecting minor rains amounts, (less than 1- inch), and possible winds from 40 mph with the possibility of higher gusts.
The second system, HURRICANE LAURA, may be more of a threat. Based on the latest information we have received from the National Weather Service, NOAA, State Office of Emergency Management, (TDEM), and County Office of Emergency Management, (GCOEM), The City of Bayou Vista is making the following recommendations at this time;
1. If you have any type of medical needs that will be affected by power outages, or flooding, individuals need to start making plans to leave the city. If any resident needs assistance moving a loved-one or themselves, please contact the Police or Fire department as soon as possible so plans can be made. If you plan to stay please ensure you have adequate medicines, water, and non-perishable food for a minimum of three days.
2. Please secure any furniture, or items on decks or patios that may be blown by the wind and become projectiles. This includes patio furniture, plants, windchimes, etc.
3. If you have type of water craft please remove it or raise it to the highest point in the slings. Any smaller water craft needs to be removed from the water or secured as best as can be.
ANY EVACUATION AT THIS TIME IS PERSONAL CHOICE OF THE INDIVIDUAL RESIDENTS. As we receive further Information we will continue to put updates out. Please stay tuned to your local weather station and be weather wise. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Chief Gillane or the Fire Department.