Due to Hurricane IKE scheduled to hit Galveston and Houston Friday night, all Aldine, Humble and North Forest Schools are closed Friday through Sunday. This includes athletic events which were cancelled or rescheduled for Thursday through the weekend.
Sheriffs, Constables and Deputies as well as Fire and ESD have gone on overtime schedules to provide services as required.
Galveston and Houston are on the direct path of Hurricane Ike, which is now a Category 2 hurricane. The whole city of Galveston is expected to be completely flooded and under water. A 20′ high water surge is expected to wreak havoc on low lying areas near the coast. Inland areas, such as Aldine, Humble, North Forest, Greenspoint, and Beltway areas, are expected to sustain heavy wind and flood damage.
Evacuation routes are relatively open with minimal traffic delays. County Judge Ed Emmett has recommended US290 to Bryan and US59 to Lufkin as good exit routes. Also available, but with some delays are US45 north to Dallas, and I-10 west to San Antonio.