Bastrop County officials give emergency updates, say 11 rescues made

BASTROP, TEXAS - Bastrop County emergency officials said 11 water rescues were made in the area due to inclement weather from Harvey and that all calls were resolved efficiently with no reported injuries. They said they were unable to give any other details on those rescues.

In a press conference Sunday morning, officials said the county received 9 inches of rain in the western portion of the county and over 18 inches in the southeast, and several power outages were reported.

A spokesman for Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative said there were about 100 outages affecting approximately 1,300 members across Bastrop, Caldwell and Travis Counties. He said 50 crews were out in the field restoring power as safely and quickly as possible, though same areas still remained unsafe and unreachable.

He urged citizens who see downed power lines to stay far away and to report the location to Bluebonnet at 800-949-4414, or 911 if there appears to be immediate danger.

Emergency officials also reported that multiple emergency shelters have been set up in the county:

  • First United Methodist Church of Bastrop at 1201 Main Street
  • Smithville Rec Center at 106 Gazley St. (currently serving about 73 people with a 125 capacity)
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 301 W. 11th Street in Elgin to be opened Sunday afternoon

As of Sunday morning, officials said four voluntary evacuations and one mandatory had been issued. The mandatory evacuation included only two homes on Highway 95 north of Bastrop. About 50 road closures were reported, which can be seen at atxfloods.com.

"Our first and primary focus is to our citizens and the responders that are active," said James Gabriel, emergency management coordinator. "We ask that everybody stay safe and don't get on the roadways unless it's absolutely essential."

County Judge Paul Pape all school systems in the county -- Smithville, Bastrop, Elgin and McDade ISDs -- will be closed Monday, as well as most administrative offices for the county and the City of Bastrop and Smithville. He said all court sessions for this time period will be rescheduled.

"By all these closures, what we're trying to say to the public is we're in a very vulnerable situation right now," said Pape. "Take this seriously. Stay home, stay off the roads and keep your family safe."

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