Coastal Residents Prepare for Wind and Rain from Ike

As the path of Hurricane Ike comes to focus, Brazoria County officials order a mandatory evacuation of the county. Pat Hernandez has the story.

The mandatory evacuation affects about 15-thousand residents in Brazoria County. Doc Adams is emergency management coordinator there.

“At ten a.m. this morning, we activated our transportation hubs to get our special needs people out of here on buses. That operation is going on right now. We did that because the judge asked for and received a mandatory evacuation order for our mailing zip code 77541. This zip code covers our beach area of the county.”

image of Doc AdamsAdams says current information from the national weather service is calling for tides up to 10-feet and tropical storm force winds up to 60-miles per hour.

“If we in fact have those tides, then those low lying areas down in the beach area are gonna be underwater, and we’ve got to get folks out of there before that happens.”

Residents I talked to were busy making preparations in advance of Ike. This man tells me he’d rather be safe than sorry.

“Well, they’re talking about a category three. In 1983, we had a category three with the eye of it came through Danbury and it wasn’t too bad, but I was here during Carla too and I swear I’d never through another one of those, and I was just a kid then.”

Officials say anyone who decides to stay will find that during the storm there will be times when they’re “on their own.”

Evacuations start at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

Pat Hernandez, KUHF…Houston Public Radio News.