Spring, Texas – March 7, 2017: The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 341 released the following statement from HPFFA President Patrick M. Lancton:
The men and women of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association mourn the loss of our brother Captain William ‘Iron Bill’ Dowling. After heroically fighting to overcome the life-altering injuries he sustained in the 2013 Southwest Inn fire that killed four other Houston firefighters, Captain Dowling passed away today due to complications of the injuries.
The HPFFA, the City of Houston, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and members of the IAFF in the Dowlings’ newly adopted state of Colorado are working to assist the family and affected firefighters during this difficult time.
As we begin to reflect on Captain Dowling’s life, we remember why we call him ‘Iron Bill.’ The incredible strength and bravery he showed as he and his family rebuilt his life – and theirs – after his injuries inspired us all. We also are grateful to our firefighter brothers and sisters in Houston and around the world for the extraordinary assistance they provided to the Dowlings since 2013 – from medical equipment and other items to friendship, support and thoughts, and prayers.
We also are thinking about and praying for other Houston firefighters who, like ‘Iron Bill,’ have suffered long-term and career-ending injuries at the Southwest Inn fire – especially our brothers and sisters at Stations 51 and 68 and the families of fallen firefighters Matthew Renaud, Robert Bebee, Robert Garner, and Anne Sullivan, who were lost on May 31, 2013.
Please keep the Dowling family, and all of the men and women of our fire department, and the families of those lost, recently and throughout our history, in your thoughts and prayers.”
Terribly saddened to learn of the passing of Captain Bill Dowling. He was a true hero and inspiration. pic.twitter.com/9PJJP5oOSB
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 8, 2017
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.