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Front Page August 29, 2017  RSS feed

Leon County ready to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

By Sherry Matney

Since late last week residents of Leon County, as well as others all over the country, has stayed glued to the Weather Channel or other media outlets to keep up with Hurricane Harvey. We have watched winds rip buildings apart and rains plummet our friends in the Houston area. We have seen videos of senior citizens in water up to wheel chair arms and babies crying as their mothers tried to sooth them. And although we are only a couple hours away there isn’t much we can do but wait.

According to Leon County Emergency Management Jimmy Carrigan, “Leon County has had minimal effects from the hurricane. The County Emergency Management office has been monitoring the storm from the beginning stages of planning and will continue to monitor until the threat has ended. The County does not expect to house any evacuees at this time or in the near future. “

The First United Methodist Church in Centerville has been designated the official local donation drop off point for toiletries and infant needs. Any donation will be taken to the Red Cross in Bryan for distribution. The church is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pastor Joy Richards said monetary gifts will also be accepted and forwarded to the Red Cross Office. She feels there may be a need for blankets as well.

If evacuees begin making their way up I-45, area churches and city governments will be available to help when needed.

Although Harvey effects have been minimal they are felt. The Buffalo ISD delayed the beginning of the school day to 10:00 a.m. on Monday due to the rainfall that has pelted the district. According to Leon County Clerk Christie Wakefield, who lives in Centerville, she and several of her neighbors lost power this weekend. As of Monday afternoon the rainfall across Leon County ranges from 5 to 7 inches with more to come. Fortunately for us the rain has been steady and slow. No flooding or road closures.

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