The Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is enforcing a mandatory evacuation for homes in the western section of the city that are currently inundated with water, according to our local affiliate WJLA.
He is also enforcing a curfew from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m.After strongly urging residents that live in that area to voluntarily evacuate, about 300 residents have still chosen to shelter in place.
"We are not trying to do anything more than we need to do," Turner said. "We will get them back in their homes as quickly as possible but right now it is posing a risk to our first responders as well as to themselves. "
Turner wouldn't disclose if residents would be arrested if they don't leave their homes under the mandatory evacuation. He did add that those that don't leave their home "assume the total risk."
"You might not like what I'm telling you but I'm telling it to you anyway," Turner said. "I'm going to protect these first responders as well. I want them to go home to their families."He added the situation has caused him to put "person over property."
Center Point Energy, the power company that covers the western portion of the city will turn off power to the homes under the mandatory evacuation.