Press Release Hurricane Harvey 8-30-2017 @ 0800hrs
Wed. Aug 30th 2017


For Immediate Release: Water Rescue and Search and Rescue Operations Update


As of today August 30, 2017 at 0800 hours the East Montgomery County Fire Department has responded to and rescued roughly 800 residents in our area from swift and flooding waters caused by heavy rains and rising creeks and rivers. Residents were rescued in the rising water from homes, roofs of homes, in motor vehicles, and areas of isolated high ground, by using all means necessary to include Rescue Swimmers, Rescue Boats, High Water Vehicles, and Helicopters. Rescue operations have been ongoing since August 25, 2017. Search and Rescue operations are currently still active and ongoing as of this time. Some areas of our response area were unable to access in the early stages of Hurricane Harvey due to the rapid rising of swift waters, thus cutting off access to subdivisions and citizens living in secluded areas. Our department used all means necessary to conduct rescue operation in our 144 square mile coverage area since the beginning of this event.


As of 0800 hours today our Department has received additional resources from the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) and those resources are being assigned to areas that are now accessible for search and rescue operations.


We urge residents though the storm has past, our area is still flooded by rivers and creeks. These rivers and creeks still possess hazards that are life threatening and severely dangerous. We urge residents not to get into the water and stay off the roadways to allow for emergency vehicles to respond to critical areas. If you are in need of a shelter, several shelters have been set up in the New Caney and Splendora area. We encourage all those affected and unable to access their homes to seek shelter until water levels have receded.


For those who have loved ones missing we ask that you contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 936-760-5800. Please refrain from contacting any social media pages for assistance. In the event you need immediate assistance for emergency’s please contact 911.



Howard Rinewalt, Fire Chief

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