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EVACUATIONS: Houston, Galveston area cities, counties with evacuations ahead of Hurricane Laura

People in Houston and all along the Gulf coast are keeping a very close eye on Hurricane Laura. Here's a list of mandatory & voluntary evacuation orders.

As the uncertainty of Hurricane Laura continues to linger, several cities and counties have issued mandatory or voluntary evacuations for areas that are near the Gulf and most likely to be impacted by the storm.

Mandatory evacuations

  • Bolivar Peninsula —  Galveston County Judge Mark Henry has issued a mandatory evacuation for residents on the Bolivar Peninsula, including the unincorporated areas of Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach, High Island, and Gilchrist. The last Bolivar Ferry will leave at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta has issued a Voluntary Evacuation for low-lying coastal communities outside the protection levee.
  • Galveston — The city has issued a mandatory evacuation, instructing all residents to leave the island no later than Wednesday morning. All city of Galveston services will be suspended at noon. Read more.
  • Galveston County — Clear Lake Shores, Jamaica Beach and Tiki Island have all issued mandatory evacuations, according to Judge Mark Henry.
  • Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order for at risk areas of Chambers County, effective immediately.  Residents who reside in low lying and flood prone areas and those who live in trailer/manufactured homes are required to move to a safer location.
  • Kemah Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said Kemah is under a mandatory evacuation.
  • La Marque Residents living outside the Hurricane Protection Levee including the areas of Omega Bay, Highland Bayou Park, Mahan Park and Perthius Farm.

Voluntary evacuations

  • Bacliff
  • Brazoria County —  The county has issued a voluntary evacuation for low-lying coastal communities outside the protection levee. All residents need to continue to watch Hurricane Laura closely, as the track for this storm continues to change.
  • Dickinson
  • Galveston County — Galveston County Judge Mark Henry confirmed the following cities have issued voluntary evacuation orders, including Bayou Vista and Hitchcock.
  • Harris County  —  Judge Lina Hidalgo declares a voluntary evacuation of residents in evacuation  Zones A & B, which include coastal communities in Harris County and Houston. Find your evacuation zone on this ZIP code map, which includes routes.
  • La Marque   All of La Marque is under a voluntary evacuation with the exception of areas outside the levee. Those residents are under mandatory evacuation orders.
  • La Porte — Voluntary Evacuation Order for all areas of La Porte, effective immediately. On its current track, La Porte can expect to experience tropical storm and/or hurricane force winds and 3-5 feet of storm surge.
  • League City —  Mayor Pat Hallisey has issued a local state of disaster and a voluntary evacuation order for all of League City. Residents in low lying areas including those along Clear Lake, Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou, along with residents with medical needs and who use devices that require electricity, are strongly encouraged to consider evacuating.
  • Nassau Bay — A voluntary evacuation has been issued for all disabled residents and those with medical needs in the area.
  • San Leon
  • Seabrook  A voluntary evacuation for residents and businesses in low-lying areas in Seabrook, specifically lower Todville from Red Bluff south to SH 146 and Baywood Drive. 

We will continue to update this list as we get notified of more evacuations.

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Hurricane Laura 

People in Houston and all along the Gulf coast are keeping a very close eye on Laura. The National Hurricane Center's latest track has it making landfall as a Category 3 hurricane sometime Wednesday into Thursday along the Texas-Louisiana border.  

It's not expected to stall once inland. If anything, this would be a big wind and storm surge event for the Houston area if it shifts our way.  

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