Governor Abbott On Tropical Storm Bill

The governor visited the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) on Wednesday for a briefing on storm response and spoke about the results.

Governor Greg Abbott at the Texas State Operations Center (SOC). Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor.


Texas Governor Greg Abbott said local emergency agencies should be praised for how they managed the response to the storm. He said the preparation for Tropical Storm Bill was well-executed, but the risk of severe weather is not over.

“There is going to be continued dramatic amount of rainfall, especially in the largest, most populated areas of the state — in the Greater Houston area, especially in the Fort Bend County area, as well as the Dallas-Fort Worth area — it is essential not drive into water, not risk their lives, understand how quickly water can rise,” Abbott said. 

Abbott said the threat of flooding and tornadoes from the tropical storm is still a possibility.

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“Because of the storms that came through during Memorial Day — obviously the ground was far more saturated; the water levels had been increased and it made all these areas much more susceptible to flooding. There will be some flooding because the consequence of the flooding that occurred during the Memorial Day weekend,” he said. 

Abbott said the next 24 to 48 hours still brings the threat of heavy rains and tornadoes to Texas.

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