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[ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ] [TH]
Sept. 11, 2008
Hurricane Ike Update From TPWD: Texas Game Wardens Deployed, Some State Parks Closed
11:53 a.m. CDT -- Update 2
Below is information sent by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to the Governor's Press Office today. The governor's office is coordinating official communication about Ike for the State of Texas, including TPWD activities. The following information is provided as a service and convenience for TPWD's audience. For complete information, see the Texas governor's web site at http://governor.state.tx.us/, or news media may phone the press office at (512) 463-1826.
Regarding Texas State Parks, several parks have evacuated campers and closed due to Ike, as noted below. Other parks outside the area affected by the storm are preparing to accept people evacuating from areas hit by the storm. Evacuees from storm-damaged areas may tent camp at no cost in Texas State Parks, and they may stay in cabins or screen shelters at discounted rates. The latest information is available through the Texas State Parks reservation center at (512) 389-8900 or on the TPWD Web site (www.tpwd.state.tx.us). The public can also phone individual state parks to see whether a park is closed or accepting evacuees.
Texas Game Wardens/TPWD Law Enforcement Division
--TPWD has more than 200 game wardens and associated equipment deployed for Hurricane Ike. All of the approximately 500 wardens in the state are preparing to deploy if necessary.
--Coastal resources include dozens of game wardens based out of Region 4 (Houston) and Region 10 (Corpus Christi). More than 50 Region 4 game wardens either assisting with evacuations or staging for search and rescue deployment once the storm passes.
--In addition, Strike Team 1, a team of game wardens from outside coastal regions, is deployed at a base near Navasota in Grimes County, prepared to enter the affected area as soon as the storm passes and assist with rescues and other aid as needed. Strike Team 1 includes 26 Game Wardens, two Radio Technicians, two Communications Operators, seven airboats, six River boats, one Communications Trailer, and one Fuel Trailers
--Meanwhile, heavy rain in West Texas not related to Ike required several rescues by game wardens and others late yesterday in Pecos County. In the first case, a man was trapped on top of his vehicle in rising water in a draw about 100 yards south of I-10. When game wardens arrived with a boat from Ft. Stockton, the water had risen to the knees of the stranded man. Three game wardens and a DPS trooper made the rescue, in a situation described as intense and extremely dangerous. Later yesterday, game wardens conducted a swift water rescue of a young woman from under a bridge near the town of Iraan. Floodwaters have since receded in the area and game wardens there are preparing for possible Ike deployment.
Texas State Parks
--Galveston Island State Park -- CLOSED
--Lake Texana State Park -- CLOSED
--Brazos Bend State Park -- CLOSED
--Stephen F Austin State Park -- CLOSED
--Martin Dies Jr. State Park -- CLOSED
--Village Creek State Park -- CLOSED
--San Jacinto Battleground/Battleship TEXAS -- CLOSED
--Sheldon Lake State Park -- CLOSED
--Lake Livingston State Park -- CLOSED
--Sea Rim State Park -- remains closed due to damage cause by Hurricane Rita
--Mustang Island State Park -- CLOSED
--Goose Island State Park -- CLOSED
--Lake Corpus Christi State Park -- CLOSED
--Goliad State Park and Historic Site -- CLOSED
--Monument Hill State Historic Site -- CLOSED
--Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site -- CLOSED
--Washington-on-the-Brazos/Barrington Living History Farm -- CLOSED
--Lake Somerville, Birch Creek and Nails Creek -- CLOSED
--Inks Lake State Park -- CLOSED
--Palmetto State Park -- CLOSED
--Caddo Lake State Park -- CLOSED
--Cooper Lake State Park (both units) -- CLOSED
--Atlanta State Park -- CLOSED
--Mission Tejas State Historic Site -- CLOSED
--Tyler State Park -- CLOSED
--Daingerfield State Park -- CLOSED
--Choke Canyon State Park (both units) -- closing Friday
--Huntsville State Park -- closing Friday
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On the Net:
TPWD Emergency Information: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/site/emergency/
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[ Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov ] [SL]
Sept. 11, 2008
TPWD Cancels Public Hunts Along Coast, In East Texas
4:39 p.m. CDT
AUSTIN, Texas -- Due to the imminent landfall of Hurricane Ike the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has canceled public hunting activities along the projected path of the storm.
The teal hunts by Annual Public Hunting Permit and Regular Permit on opening weekend, Sept. 13-14, have been canceled on the following areas: Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area (Mission Lake Unit 720, Guadalupe River Unit 734 and Hynes Bay Unit 724), Mad Island WMA, Justin Hurst WMA and J.D. Murphree WMA.
All public hunting activities by Annual Public Hunting Permit scheduled after noon Sept. 11, until further notice on Moore Plantation WMA Unit 902, Bannister WMA Unit 903, Sam Houston National Forest WMA Unit 905, and Alabama Creek WMA Unit 904.
The following special drawing hunts have been canceled:
The special permit archery alligator hunt (AAL) scheduled for Sept. 12-14 on the J.D. Murphree WMA, Unit 783;
The special permit general alligator hunt (ALE) scheduled for Sept. 11-12 on the J.D. Murphree WMA Unit 783;
The following public hunting activities have been rescheduled:
The drawn special permit youth alligator hunt (YAL) scheduled for Sept. 13-14 on the Sea Rim State Park, Unit 1055, will be rescheduled for Sept. 20-21;
The drawn special permit general alligator hunt (ALE) scheduled for Sept. 12-14 on the Guadalupe Delta WMA, Unit 720, will be rescheduled for Sept. 19-21;
The drawn special permit general alligator hunt (ALE) scheduled for Sept. 12-14 on the Mad Island WMA, Unit 729, will be rescheduled for Sept. 19-21.
Efforts are being made to notify selected hunters in special drawing hunts.
Persons who have purchased a Mentored Hunting Permit and have completed the requirements of the Mentored Hunting Workshop on the Justin Hurst WMA are authorized to hunt dove on the Little Ridge and Tall Grass pastures on Sept. 20.
There will be an alligator hunt on the J.D. Murphree WMA on Sept. 27-28. The bag limit is one alligator per person and participation is limited to hunters designated by the Operation Game Thief Committee.
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On the Net:
TPWD Emergency Information: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/site/emergency/
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[ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ] [TH]
Sept. 11, 2008
Forward-deployed Game Wardens Assist Elderly Evacuees at Staging Area, Prepare for Ike's Landfall
9:39 p.m. CDT
NAVASOTA, Texas -- The first of more than 90 elderly evacuees from Baytown, Texas, arrived at the Camp Allen Conference and Retreat Center here this afternoon.
A bus with 22 residents from Swan Manor Assisted Living arrived at about 3:30 p.m. after mandatory evacuations were imposed in portions of Southeast Texas. Greeting them were many of the 26 Texas game wardens comprising Strike Force One. They handed frail men and women down steep bus stairs to walkers and wheelchairs as Camp Allen staff led them to their first-floor hotel rooms.
The game wardens are forward-deployed to Camp Allen, awaiting the landfall of Hurricane Ike. They are prepared to use river boats and air boats to conduct search and rescue and recovery operations in the immediate aftermath of the storm as directed by the State Operations Center in Austin. The wardens in Strike Force One are part of a multi-agency emergency response network coordinated through the Texas governor's office.
On Thursday afternoon, game warden Maj. Rolly Correa urged the men and women on his team to get rest while they could.
"This is not going to be a drill," he said. "It's going to happen."
But, before downtime, there were 90 Baytown residents to help to safety.
"When we reserved this place last time, we knew it could be accepting evacuees and we offered to assist the staff however we could," said Correa.
Gloria Clepper, director of operations for Camp Allen, said 70 more residents of St. James House are due to arrive this afternoon. St. James House is owned and operated as a conference center by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, as is Camp Allen.
"We know we're in the line of fire this time around," Clepper said, since Camp Allen is in the projected path of Hurricane Ike. "We've done everything we can to secure the property, and we'll just hunker down."
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On the Net:
TPWD Emergency Information: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/site/emergency/
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