Bastrop County emergency officials urging citizens to stay put

BASTOP, TEXAS - Bastrop County emergency officials are urging citizens to stay home despite few reports of any major issues due to weather from Hurricane Harvey.

In a press conference, representatives from the county said that the rain picked up around 4 a.m. today and that the Bastrop County Emergency Operations Center is continuing to monitor the situation closely.

They urged citizens in areas prone to flooding to use situational awareness and mentioned that for those who would like to voluntarily evacuate, a shelter has been set up in Smithville at 106 Gazley Street. Though they said no one has checked in to the shelter, two more shelters are also available in Austin.

Additionally, officials said that Bluebonnet Utilities is working to restore a power outage affecting about 482 customers. They said it started around 9 a.m. and was caused by a tree falling on a power line.

“The county stands with our municipal partners -- the cities of Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville -- to meet the challenges of this event,” said James Gabriel, emergency operations manager for Bastrop County. “So far we haven’t seen a great impact to our county, but we know that we’ve got some more weather coming and we’ve got a few days to get it together to make sure we’re ready to meet the challenges of this event.”

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