“The Hutto Fire Department secured one electrical hazard last night, which was quickly resolved by Oncor. Between Hutto Fire Department (ESD #3), Police Department, and the City Public Works teams, Hutto has responded in strength to protect our citizens and mitigate potential damage from flood waters,” said Jones.
“We at the City of Hutto have a high regard for the safety of all involved in our community -- our residents, visitors, volunteers, employees, and their property, and have coordinated efforts together with the fire department, public works, parks maintenance and the administration to monitor conditions, and promote and maintain safety,” said Chief Byron Frankland, Hutto Police Department.
The smallest amount of rain can close a road or create a low water crossing. Citizens are encouraged to shelter in place unless driving is absolutely necessary. Travel outside of Hutto is also discouraged, especially if traveling along I-35 East and South. There are no closed streets or bridges in Hutto at this time, however use extreme caution within the City and watch for low water crossings which are pooling water, but still passable at:
• Northbound CR 137,
• Limmer Loop behind Carol Meadows,
• Ed Schmidt from 79 to Emory Farms, and
• FM 1660 North at 79 to Live Oak.
Citizens and City employees not involved in critical emergency services are asked to shelter in place today and check The City of Hutto website and City Municipal Facebook page for official updates about continued efforts and safety tips. Additionally, citizens are encouraged to:
• Sign up to receive Emergency alerts in Central Texas at warncentraltexas.org
• If you will be traveling around the Austin area check: atxfloods.com for closed roadways.
• Remember: If in doubt, turn around, don’t drown. It takes just 12 inches of flowing water to carry off a small car; 18-24 inches for larger vehicles. More than half of the deaths from flooding each year occur in vehicles.
“I am proud to see the quick response of the City anticipating the flooding needs by clearing the roads and drainage storms, and providing sand and sand bags to historically flooding neighborhoods,” said Mayor Doug Gaul. “It’s moments like this when the Hutto sense of community is truly evident. The family spirit of Huttoans has been easily seen by neighbors joining together to fill sand bags, people helping gather lost pets, and providing food to shut-ins and residents working along side City employees digging swells and ditches so creeks don’t over run. I want to thank the City Manager, City employees and fire and police for their tireless, long hours in keeping our citizens safe. Truly, there’s no place like Hutto,” added Gaul.