By Scott Harvey
Greenville – The City of Greenville stood down its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Incident Command Post remained operational throughout the evening to monitor the weather and related conditions.
EOC officials will remain on call throughout the weekend in the event conditions change. The EOC phone line (903-457-2934) will not be manned, but citizens may call 903-457-2900 for information relating to the storm. In the event of an emergency, please dial 911.
Hurricane Ike was downgraded to a tropical storm Saturday evening. Greenville experienced heavy rain, wind and some flooding. Crews will be working throughout the weekend to respond to conditions resulting from the severe weather.
Citizens are encouraged to stay tuned to weather information stations for the most current information.
Those needing information and resources for evacuation should call the Texas Information System Resource hotline by dialing 211. Operators answer calls 24-hours a day.
According to information from the Governor's Office of Emergency Management, evacuees from Orange County, Galveston County and East Harris County are instructed not to return to these communities until those counties announce that is safe to return.
It has been reported that FEMA will provide rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. More information is available at www.fema.gov.