Hundreds of evacuees arrived in San Antonio Friday morning as Hurricane Harvey inched toward the coast, but with the city expected to experience flooding of its own, officials were preparing for the worst.
“We’re in a bit of flash flood alley … so we’re making sure everyone is aware of the weather situation,” San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg said during an interview on The Weather Channel Friday morning. “We just want everybody to get ready.”
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Nirenberg told the San Antonio Express-News that the city made 6,000 beds available for evacuees coming from the Texas coast.
On the north side of town, residents of one neighborhood that experienced separate damaging flood, hailstorm and tornado events since 2013 were preparing for the possibility of another flood.
“We’re just hoping for the best,” resident Nancy Soto told KSAT.com. “Don’t think it can be any worse than what happened in February.”
Soto referenced an event when several tornadoes were spawned in the San Antonio area in February, damaging upwards of 100 structures. But the survivors of those weather disasters believe they’re better prepared for Harvey as a result, and they’re not panicked as the storm closes in.
“Whatever happens, just take it day by day. Have a lot of patience,” Soto told KSAT. “It’s a process.”
Many weekend events were canceled in San Antonio because of the storm, according to a separate Express-News report.