City Officials Advise Residents to Prepare to Evacuate

Wichita Falls, Texas- Representatives from the City of Wichita Falls are advising residents in the flood prone areas of the Tanglewood Neighborhood and the East Side of the City to prepare to evacuate due to flooding which is expected to begin early Thursday night.

Two teams of firefighters will be going door-to-door in both areas advising residents to prepare to leave by 6:00 p.m. Thursday evening. At which time the electric service to these areas will have to be cut to prevent the chance of fires caused by electrical shorts.

If firefighters are unable to personally contact someone they will leave a door hanger on the front door advising the residents of the coming flood and the need to prepare to evacuate. These preparations should include:

1. Gathering all medications

2. Making plans for housing all pets (remember their medication and special diet foods)

3. Preparing the contents of your home: raising items, electronics, hazardous materials (paint, solvents, cleaning supplies), important papers…etc., to a level well above the level the water may have reached in 2007

4. Disconnecting electrical appliances

5. Securing a copy of your insurance policies and other important documents

The Red Cross will have a shelter set up at Washington Jackson Elementary, located at 1300 Harding Street, ready for operation on Thursday morning. Residents with pets and no place to keep them can contact the Animal Services Center, 761-8894, for assistance.

When the flood waters arrive residents are urged not to enter the water on foot, by vehicle or any other method. Flood waters are unpredictable, dangerous and pose a significant health hazard.