September 16, 2008



AUSTIN – It has been brought to our office’s attention that some of the information in yesterday’s release may not have been accurate or may already be outdated.  Reprinted with permission from the Tomball Potpourri website now is a list of PODs at which ice, water, and food are available as of 1:45 C.S.T. on Sep 16:


  • Old Kroger Location, FM 2920 at Highway 249 in Tomball
  • Greenspoint Harvest Time Baptist Church, 17770 Imperial Valley
  • Community of Faith, 1023 Pinemont
  • Fountain of Praise, 13950 Hillcroft
  • Texas Southern University, 3600 Rosewood at Scott
  • Ripley House, 4410 Navigation
  • Zion Lutheran, 3606 Beauchamp
  • Jim Ponteno Courthouse Annex, 14350 Wallisville, Channelview
  • PAL Gym, 2910 E. Southmore, Pasadena
  • Baker Junior High, 9700 Spencer Highway, La Porte
  • San Jacinto Community Center, 604 Highland Woods, Highlands
  • West Town Mall, 4100 Decker, Baytown
  • Baytown Courthouse Annex, 710 West Baker, Baytown
  • Windsor Village, 6000 Heatherbrook
  • Greater Jerusalem, 8901 Jensen
  • Raul C. Martinez Annex, 1001 S. Sgt. Macario Garcia
  • Football Stadium, Center & Augustine, Deer Park
  • Second Baptist, 6400 Woodway
  • Bay Area Community Center, 5002 NASA Road One, Seabrook


Additionally, a Red-Cross shelter is open in Tomball at Christbridge Fellowship Church.  The Red Cross asks that those who wish to stay at the shelter bring pillows and bedding; diapers and formula for your children; prescription medicines; toiletries; food to meet any special dietary needs they may have. These current shelters can not accommodate pets.


Our office has been receiving calls from constituents requesting a POD site to be open in Spring.  Representative Riddle has been working throughout the day to attempt to secure a site in Spring, and our office will send out a press release as soon as that information is available. 


We have also been receiving several phone calls about power outages and water outages.  It is our understanding that in some areas, water service may actually be active but not accessible due to power outages.  Some areas will require the restoration of their power before they will see a restoration in their water service.  We have been assured by all management districts and power providers that they are working as quickly as possible.   


If you are attempting a return back to the Houston area or have family or neighbors who are thinking of making the return, this is still not in the area’s best interest.  We are receiving calls from stranded motorists who do not have any fuel or any way to obtain additional fuel at this time.  If you must return to the area, please make sure that you are self sufficient for UP TO ONE WEEK, including plenty of food, fresh water, fuel, and any other supplies you might need. 


The wait for gas in the district is still as long as three hours at the few stations that are currently operational.  Please do not leave your house if at all possible, as it will consume valuable fuel. 


Every hour, more residences and businesses are having their power and water restored.  Progress is being made, and there are countless volunteers working without sleep and without supplies to get the area back on its feet absolutely as fast as possible.  Please do not hesitate to contact our office in Austin at 512-463-0572 with any additional questions or concerns.  When our district office is operational again, we will alert the public. 

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