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Regional Weather Forecast, Houston Firefighters Help Respond to Florence, And Sheriff’s Personnel Get Raise

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District, says the county could get two to four inches of rain starting late Thursday.
Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District, says the county could get two to four inches of rain starting late Thursday.

Weather forecast for Harris County

Harris County officials are urging residents to monitor the weather because of the system that’s moving into the Gulf of Mexico and to use extreme caution if they venture out into rainy conditions.

As of Wednesday morning, bayous, creeks and tributaries were expected to remain within banks. However, roadways and streets may become impassable, according to the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD).

HCFCD meteorologist Jeff Lindner said rainfall is expected to be the greatest impact the system will cause. “We’re looking anywhere from two to four inches of rain starting late Thursday and then going through Saturday. We could have isolated higher amounts,” Lindner noted.

He added that heavy rain could fall south of I-10 and, because a lot of rain has fallen this week in the southeastern part of Harris County, the concern is that “if we get that rainfall overt those areas that already had a lot of rain, it could lead to some flooding.”

Texas Task Force 1 posted this photo to Facebook showing rescue boats ready to respond.

Houston firefighters help respond to Hurricane Florence

Three firefighters from the Houston Fire Department are on their way to North Carolina in response to Hurricane Florence, and one Houston firefighter has been sent to Hawaii to help with Tropical Storm Olivia. 

The firefighters are members of Texas Task Force 1, an emergency response team tasked with urban search and rescue. A team of 16 responders was activated by FEMA this week.

“What our team specifically will be focusing on is the areas where flood and flash flood becomes an issue,” said Stephen Bejune, a spokesperson for Texas Task Force 1. Bjune said the task force is specifically trained in water rescue.  

“They’re able to get in there and do those rescues where traditionally local departments may not have that skill, or might not have those resources, or might not have enough of those resources and trained personnel,” Bejune added. 

Employees of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are getting a raise.
Employees of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are getting a raise.

Sheriff’s Office personnel will get raise

Employees of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) are getting a raise.

Harris County Commissioners approved nearly 18 million dollars yearly in raises for a large part of the staff. The raise will go into effect later this month.

Commissioner Jack Morman said he hopes the raises are a “down payment” on future pay bumps because he doesn’t don’t think the salaries at the Sheriff’s Office “are competitive with some of the other surrounding law enforcement agencies just yet.”

Commissioners said they also want to give raises to the staff of the county’s Fire Marshal Office.

 

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