On Thursday afternoon the travelers from Houston discovered that Huntsville’s grocery stores still had bottled water. It wasn’t long before the shelves were empty.

Employees at the local grocery stores have worked hard day and night to restock shelves and check-out customers. HEB allowed their employees to go home at 3:00 pm on Sunday and Monday for their safety.

Prison employees have been working double-shifts to cover the shifts of those who live outside of Huntsville and were unable to travel to work.

The Huntsville Item released the Sunday issue on Saturday to keep the employees safe during the storm. Churches decided to cancel services and encourage their members not to travel. Individuals are allowing displaced Houstonians to stay in their homes.

Huntsville Independent School District has cancelled school for Monday through Wednesday to ensure that the schools are available as shelters for anyone who needs shelter. Evacuees are currently staying in the shelter.

The Veterans Museum/Storm Shelter has been ready and is currently filled up with evacuees from Baytown etc. Thank you to all of the volunteers who are helping these people at such a difficult time. If  you are able to volunteer, the Huntsville High School shelter could still use help. Please call 936-435-6138. Donations for the victims are being accepted at the Huntsville ISD Transportation building located at 95 Martin Luther King Dr. until 6 pm Monday evening.

The City of Huntsville has been very proactive during this extreme weather emergency. They have sent out regular emails updating citizens on the progress of the storm as well as dangerous flood areas to avoid. The police and fire departments have put out blockades to deter people from driving down flooded roads.

At least 30 people have died in the Houston area because of the floods. It is due to them driving through flooded areas and being stuck in their vehicles.

People in Huntsville seem to be staying home and choosing to stay safe. If you don’t need to drive somewhere, don’t.

Some areas of Huntsville have more flooding than others. Downtown Huntsville was able to drain pretty quickly, thanks to our new Town Creek being completed in many areas.

Walker County Judge Danny Pierce has issued a curfew for all of Walker County. People are not to be travelling in Walker County between 10pm and 6am from today until the curfew is lifted.

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I am very proud of how the citizens of Huntsville are reacting to this Tropical Storm. Thank you for staying calm and helping those in need.

Huntsville, Texas is still, “The place where I love to live.”