New Braunfels activates EOC, RV Park renters move to higher ground
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - The City of New Braunfels has activated its Emergency Operations Center to prepare for potential flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
"While it's pretty dry here, once our waterways fill up, because of the inundation between here and the coast, there's not going to be a place for the water to drain to and then the storm surge is going to keep those areas from draining into the gulf, so we do anticipate some flooding and some of it could be quite severe,” City of New Braunfels Emergency Management Coordinator Patrick O’Connell said.
O’Connell said the fire department will have extra boat crews on duty on Saturday for any high water rescues that might happen.
"When you drive in there and get stranded, we have to dedicate resources to come get you and we're going to come get you, but it's taking resources away from somebody else and it is extremely dangerous,” O’Connell said.
The New Braunfels Police Department also closed the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers out of fear of it rising. People who live at the River Ranch RV Resort just off the Guadalupe River began packing up to move to higher ground.
"There's pictures right where we're standing right now of flood water washing way RVs two years ago, so I said that's not going to be me," Michael Tyler said.
Tyler and his wife spent Friday loading up their stuff in their RV.
"You just got to get out. It's more dangerous than you think,” Tyler said.
The RV park is no stranger to seeing flooding. During the flood of 1998, water rose extremely high and flooded out the front office.
"I'm real nervous. I'm thinking we're going to be at least half way in the park flooded. It's going to be bad,” Office Manager Breanna Garrett said.
NPD said the rivers will be closed within city limits until further notice.