There was a lot of damage and some fatalities from the weather over the weekend in Southeast Texas.
In Houston County, the National Weather service confirmed 3 tornadoes touched down during Saturday’s storm.
On Saturday, a tornado warning was issued for Houston and Trinity Counties around 1:30 in the afternoon.
On the same day, an 8-year-old and 3-year-old in Angelina County were killed when a tree fell on the car they were in.
At least 25 people suffered injuries in the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site in Cherokee County.
The National Weather Service reported an EF-3 tornado with winds up to 140 miles per hour in Franklin, Texas. About a dozen people were reported to have suffered injuries.
Also last Saturday, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Western Walker County around 12:15 PM.
The National Book Awards Festival brings National Book Awards finalists and winners to SHSU tonight. There will be a reading and discussion visit with the authors.
Festival Coordinator Dr. Amanda Nowlin-O’Banion tells us more . . . .
Walker County Commissioners will meet for a Special Session this afternoon at 1:30 at the courthouse.
County Information Technology director Dan Early will discuss possible action on a Memorandum of Understanding between Walker County and the City of Huntsville regarding an antenna tower located at 705 FM 2821 in Huntsville with an effective date retroactive to September 18, 2018.
Planning and Development Director Andy Isbell will talk about possible action on a Variance Request from Rebecca Konvicka to On-site Sewage Facility Regulations of Walker County.
County Purchasing Agent Mike Williford will have a Purchasing Workshop to discuss road materials.
Northbound and Southbound IH-45 and SH 19 Southbound Direct Connect will be closed at 8:00 PM until 4:00 AM each night beginning Monday, April 15, 2019 through Thursday April 18, 2019, then from Monday, April 22, 2019 through Sunday, May 5, 2019, weather permitting. All northbound IH-45 traffic must exit using the new SH 75 Exit Ramp north of PR 40. All southbound IH-45 traffic must exit using Exit 114, Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Southbound SH 19 to IH-45 Southbound traffic must exit at SH 75. This closure is necessary to place overhang brackets, concrete on the bridge beams and bridge deck panels on the Veteran’s Memorial Parkway Bridge over IH-45.
Our guest on our “Around Town” public affairs program over the weekend was Position #2 At-large Councilmember Dee Howard.
We asked Dee, “How do you see economic development in the city? Do we need more retail, more industrial development, housing or subdivisions?” . . . .
Sending more troops to our southern border has been under Trump administration discussion.
Among reporters and press photographers snapping photos at a Friday meeting at the Pentagon, a reporter asked Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, “How many additional troops do you anticipate deploying to the border, and will those troops be involved in detaining migrants?” . . . .
He added, “To your detainee question, we haven’t received any details on that, but I expect increase in support will occur.”
Following WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s arrest and removal from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London Thursday where he had been living for about 7 years, he was taken by Metropolitan Police in London to Westminster Magistrates Court. He is being held for breaching bail conditions from many years ago following a sex assault charge out of Sweden. He is also being held on behalf of authorities in the US for possible extradition to the U-S. The U-S Justice Department charged Assange Thursday with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for helping Chelsea Manning crack a password to enter a classified U-S government computer back in 2010.
Protestors outside the court Thursday chanted for his release. . . .
Outside Westminster Magistrates Court, Mr. Assange’s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, spoke to reporters . . .
Northbound and Southbound IH-45 and SH 19 Southbound Direct Connect will be closed at 8:00 PM until 4:00 AM each night beginning Monday, April 15, 2019 through Thursday April 18, 2019, then from Monday, April 22, 2019 through Sunday, May 5, 2019, weather permitting. All northbound IH-45 traffic must exit using the new SH 75 Exit Ramp north of PR 40. All southbound IH-45 traffic must exit using Exit 114, Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Southbound SH 19 to IH-45 Southbound traffic must exit at SH 75. This closure is necessary to place overhang brackets, concrete on the bridge beams and bridge deck panels on the Veteran’s Memorial Parkway Bridge over IH-45. Message Boards have been placed advising of the closure and detour signs will be placed along the detour routes to alert and guide traffic through the detour.
The construction of the 6 miles widening project, Segment 1B of IH-45 from 0.5 miles north of Vick Springs Road to 0.3 miles north of SH 19 is under way. This project will widen IH-45 to six lanes and will replace the State Park Road 40 bridges and southbound SH 19 Flyover. During the 3-year project, multiple lane shifts and relocation of traffic will take place at various times to accommodate construction activity. IH-45 and SB SH 19 will also be closed at various times for safety of the traveling public and construction workers.
The reconstruction of IH-45 will take place in two major phases. Phase 1 is under way and will include the addition of Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, northbound SH 19 Bridge and a new southbound SH 19 flyover. Phase 2, will include replacement of the Park Road 40 bridges. Johnson Bros. Corporation, a Southland Company was awarded the construction contract for the amount of $116,878,722.89.
Texas Homeowner Assistance Program to Host Application Fair in Walker County
Friday, April 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
AUSTIN – The Texas Homeowner Assistance Program will host an application fair in Walker County to assist homeowners still in need of Hurricane Harvey recovery aid. The events are designed to encourage residents to apply to the Homeowner Assistance Program, which is providing more than $330 million in housing assistance to hurricane survivors across the HGAC-E/Gulf Coast region.
At each application fair, application coordinators and program representatives will be available to help homeowners complete a program application for assistance and answer any questions. Applications take approximately 30 minutes to complete, and homeowners are encouraged to call 1-844-893-8937 to schedule an appointment at an application fair. Homeowners should review the Homeowner Assistance Program Checklist prior to applying and bring any required documentation they may have to their scheduled appointment.
Individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey may qualify for assistance through the Texas Homeowner Assistance Program if they owned their home, it was damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey and it was their primary residence at the time of the storm, among other eligibility factors. The program offers qualified homeowners assistance to repair, rehabilitate or rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Applications will be considered for award on a first come, first served basis, according to the priorities outlined in the Regional Housing Guidelines.
April 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
3687 State Highway 19
Riverside, TX 77367
If you’re looking for a fun and educational event for your kids to attend. There’s something going on this afternoon in Huntsville.
Huntsville Public Library Children’s Coordinator Rachel McPhail updates us . . . .