Spring, Texas – May 18th, 2017: Investigators with the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office have identified the suspect that set Frank Elementary school to fire on May 7th, 2017. Michael Wood (17) has been charged with arson according to officials. Wood is a student at Klein Oak High School.
According to court documents, Wood told investigators that he “often sets fires to make himself feel in control”. Wood admitted to being on top of Frank Elementary School a number of times, including the night of the fire; he stated that he “goes there to get away from people”.
Wood reportedly climbed to the roof of the school and used a lighter to ignite newspapers on fire.
The investigation concluded that the burning newspaper continued to burn and burned through the protective covering of the room then extending to the inside of the school.
Wood posted bond on Wednesday, May 17th. He is scheduled for a court sitting on June 6th, 2017.
If convicted, Wood could face one of the following penalties:
|$100,000 or more but less than $200,000||Second-degree felony||2 to 20 years in a state prison and/or a fine of not more than $10,000|
|$200,000 or more||First-degree felony||5 to 99 years in a state prison and/or a fine of not more than $10,000|
Areal Flood Advisory Issued For Spring; Over 1.5 Inches Of Rain Has Fallen Near Spring Creek & I-45
Spring, Texas – September 18th, 2017: An areal flood advisory has been issued for North Central Harris County and South Central Montgomery County until 5:15 PM.
At 3:16 PM, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream flooding in the advisory area. Up to 1.5 inches of rain have fallen at the Spring Creek at I-45 gauge. Though rain has eased recently, more rain is moving towards the area and will provide moderate additional rainfall in the next hour or two.
Some locations that will experience flooding include… Spring, The Woodlands and splashtown.
A flood advisory means ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.
Aerial Mosquito Spray Operation Scheduled in Wake of Flooding
Harris County, Texas – September 14th, 2017: The rain left behind by Hurricane Harvey has created large areas in Harris County where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. To address increasing numbers of mosquitoes and the risk they pose to the recovery effort and public health, the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing flying modified C-130 cargo planes staged out of Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio will be conducting an aerial spray operation beginning Thursday evening, September 14 and may take more than one day. The plan is to spray approximately 600,000 acres by air, weather permitting.
Harris County is working with our partners at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the U.S. Air Force Reserve to conduct the aerial spray operation. The coordinated approach supplements the on-going countywide ground treatment to better protect the health of Harris County residents.
According to Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health (HCPH), “The goal is to reduce the effects mosquitoes are having on recovery efforts and the possibility of a future increase in mosquito-borne disease.”
The insecticide, Dibrom (EPA-approved), is routinely used for aerial spray operations to combat mosquito-borne disease and will be used during the spray operation in Harris County. Dibrom is considered safe for the environment and is applied by licensed applicators, according to the label instructions.
For residents concerned about exposure during the aerial spray operation, HCPH recommends individuals stay indoors during the evening aerial application in the treated areas, as a precaution. As an extra precaution, beekeepers may wish to cover their colonies to prevent bees from exiting during treatment.
Residents can help control mosquitoes during the recovery effort by emptying standing water around their homes. To reduce the likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes, residents are encouraged to use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent when outside. To keep mosquitoes out of the home, people should make sure their window and door screens fit tightly and are in good condition.
Levee Structure Eroded; Mandatory Evacuation Still In Place Due To Possible Breach
Harris County, Texas – August 30th, 2017: The mandatory evacuation order that was issued for residents that live within the Inverness Forest Subdivision is STILL in place as the threat for a possible levee breach increases.
Overnight, a portion of the levee has been eroded out from the base of the levee. Water came over the top of the intake system where the storm pumps are at and cascaded down, striking a portion of the levee where it has weakened and eroded.
The concern is that the pressure from the water flowing down cypress creek could force its way through the eroded area and could cause a breach.
The Harris County Flood Control District, Texas Task Force 1 and several other agencies are working diligently to make emergency repairs to shore up the levee and prevent the breach.
The MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER for Inverness Forest REMAINS in effect.