Update on ITC Deer Park Incident: Two Parks Now Open
- Written by Public Information Office, ReadyHarris
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) continues to work with response partners to monitor events related to the Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) incident in the City of Deer Park. Harris County remains focused on the health and safety of the entire community.
According to Harris County Public Health (HCPH), current health-related data from multiple sources show there is no longer an immediate health threat for the general public. However, monitoring for longer-term impact continues. Any individuals who have health concerns should contact their health care provider or if more serious, call 911. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you can find a local health center near you at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/, or you can call the Harris Health System’s ‘Ask My Nurse’ helpline – open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily – to help answer basic health questions. The number is (713) 634-1110.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) continue to direct the public to their new interactive map on the TCEQ’s website for updates on the ITC response. Reports on air and water quality are available at https://www.tceq.texas.gov/response/itc-terminal-fire-update.
Harris County Precinct 2 confirmed the following parks are NOW OPEN:
- Bay Area Park in Houston
- Clear Lake Park in Seabrook
The following parks remain CLOSED:
- Sylvan Beach Park in La Porte
- Juan Seguin in La Porte
- Rio Villa Nature Trail in Houston
- Meadowbrook Park in Channelview
- River Terrace Park in Channelview
- Michael Moncrief Park in Channelview
The San Jacinto Museum has canceled the 2019 San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment scheduled for April 13.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
- Listen to local officials for updates on the situation and for any actions you may need to take.
- Monitor local weather forecasts: National Weather Service (https://www.weather.gov/hgx/)
WHERE YOU CAN LEARN MORE:
- Health Information: Harris County Public Health (https://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/)
- Reports on Water & Air Quality Monitoring: TCEQ (https://www.tceq.texas.gov/response/itc-terminal-fire-update)