Rising Waters 2015: Disaster Plan Update

Wichita Falls, Texas - A mandatory evacuation order  has been issued for:

All areas of the Tanglewood housing from East Ridgemont Drive to Tanglewood Drive, and to West Ridgemont Drive, to the Big Wichita River, as well as the areas following the river west back to Ridgemont Drive.

All areas of the East portion of the City of Wichita Falls.

All areas that start at the railroad tracks North at intersection with the Wichita River, followed by the areas  proceeding East-Northeast along the Wichita river to where Rosewood intersects Duncan Street.

All areas South along Rosewood to Harding Street, followed by West of Spur 44-7 back to the railroad tracks.

All areas of the Wranglers Retreat and Horseshoe Bend Estates housing additions in Wichita County within the FM-369 area at Haws Road North.

Areas along Haws Road to across Horseshoe Lake Road, to Peterson Road.

Areas South along Peterson Road to Church Camp Road to the Wichita River, this also includes the areas following the Wichita River East to Wranglers Retreat to where the Wichita River intersects with FM-369.

City leaders have also released additional information for Wichita Falls residents:

-The North Texas Area United Way's 2-1-1 service is now carrying flood information 24 hours a day. To access the latest news and updates call 2-1-1, choose a language and then "Option 1." Callers will then receive the latest updates provided by the City of Wichita Falls and Wichita County related to flooding.

-Residents who would like to volunteer their time or donate goods for flood assistance can also use the United Way 2-1-1 system. Call 2-1-1, choose a language and then "Option 1."

-The following classes scheduled at the Health District have been cancelled:

1. DEEP, Thursday May 21, 6-8 PM

2. Youth Tobacco Coalition, Thursday May 21, 6-7 PM

3. Food Handler's class, Friday May 22, 8:30-11:00 AM

-Residents who need assistance with pets can call 940-228-9941.

-The City will be placing detailed flood maps on their website soon as well as a complete list of Tanglewood homes that are expected to have the electric service cut off, at the request of the City, to prevent the possibility of fires.

-The Red Cross is using the Hirschi High School Gym, located at 3106 Borton, as a shelter for anyone who has been evacuated due to flooding. 45 people are currently utilizing the shelter.

-Antioch Baptist Church, 601 Bonner, located on the East Side of Wichita Falls has opened a shelter.

-Mount Pleasant Baptist Church is open to shelter residents, 809 Harding.

-The Tanglewood Neighborhood and portions of the East Side of the City have been successfully evacuated. These areas will be patrolled and monitored 24 hours a day until residents are able to return to their homes.

-Two Public Safety Command Posts have been established: East Side located at the Public Safety Training Center, 710 Flood Street, and the parking lot of the old Brookshire's grocery store building, on the corner of Loop 11 and Seymour Highway.

-From the National Weather Service: the Wichita River is expected to crest at 23.2 foot at 1:00 pm on Friday, which is about a foot less than during the 2007 flood. 6-8 inches of rain is forecast for Friday and Saturday and could affect flood predictions

-The Texas Task Force 1 Boat Squad has six rescue personnel, one Zodiac boat and one Rescue Connector boat on standby. The Texas Military Forces SAR-G Element has 24 personnel, four Humvees and six high profile vehicles on standby.

-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.

For more information please contact the Emergency Operation Center at 761-7909.