GALVESTON, Texas – Galveston city officials announced on Thursday that there would be no evacuations on the island due to Tropical Storm Don, which is expected to make landfall in southeast Texas early Saturday.
Mayor Joe Jaworski made the decision after meeting with emergency personnel and the National Weather Service.
Jaworski said it didn’t appear Tropical Storm Don would cause the island problems, but the Galveston Emergency Operations office will remain open for the next several days to answer residents and visitors’ questions.
Jaworski said he didn’t expect flooding of any roadways on Galveston island and hopes the storm brings much needed rain to the area.
On Wednesday, several Galveston residents shared Jaworski’s sentiments.
Michael Berberich said it took him nearly three years to rebuild after Hurricane Ike.
He lives in the Cohen Subdivision, where 60 percent of the homes were washed away by the hurricane.
While he said he’s not ready for another storm, he could use the water.
Another good reason to want the rain—mandatory water restrictions are still in place in Galveston, which gets its water from the Brazos River.
"Not to wish anything on College Station or Waco, but if a nice storm would park up there and fill up the Brazos River, I would be really happy with that," Eric Wilson, managing director of Municipal Infrastructure, said.
Don was enough of a concern for Shell Oil Wednesday that they began securing offshore wellheads and evacuating non-essential personnel by helicopter to Galveston and New Orleans.