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October 30, 2015, 6:32am

Update 9:10 p.m.
Per LeAnn Hosek, Wilson County Emergency Management coordinator, U.S. 181 through Floresville has been reopened.

Update 5:56 p.m.
As of 5 p.m., Marcy Jacobs of the Floresville Electric Light & Power System said power was beginning to be restored in most areas except S.H. 97 East -- where power should be restored within the next 3-4 hours.

If customers do not have power by 11 p.m., and haven't sustained damage at their location, report the outage at 830-216-7000, option 2.

Wilson County Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek said that while there are no unmet needs known at this time anyone wishing to donate should call her office at 830-383-8641.

Additionally, Hosek said officials continue to monitor the Cibolo Creek for possible flooding tonight.

Update 5:12 p.m.
The city of Floresville has issued an emergency curfew from 7:30pm tonight until 7:30am Saturday morning, & the same for Saturday night, according to City Manager Henrietta Turner; this may continue for 7 days. A disaster declaration has been signed by Mayor Diana Garza. There will be NO trick-or-treating in Floresville for Halloween Saturday evening. Please stay inside tonight!

Update 3:40 p.m.
U.S. 181 and S.H. 97 into Floresville remain closed as the Floresville community continues recovery attempts after this morning's tornado.
No fatalities have been reported.

"The priority is to get the power back on for the hospital, nursing homes, & critical infrastructure," said Edwin Baker with the Wilson County Office of Emergency Management.

Electrical power to Floresville, Poth, and some of the surrounding area remains out. A Floresville Electric Light & Power (FELPS) substation also was a victim of the tornado.

"We are still working to restore power," said Marcy Jacobs with FELPS. "At this point, we believe some of our customers without power should be restored late tonight. The other customers should be restored tomorrow. We have many crews working as safely and efficiently as possible."

Officials are not bringing in small-tool volunteers yet; at this time, the main efforts are with heavy equipment. The public is asked to stay out of the area for now, unless they are Floresville residents. Traffic for U.S. 181 is being diverted onto Business Loop 181 to skirt the areas most devastated.

A tent has been set up in the parking lot of H-E-B at Standish Street and U.S. 181, where emergency responders and volunteers can eat & rest a bit. The Floresville Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations of water & snacks for the emergency responders.

There have been reports that calls are being made to solicit donations for the county. These are NOT official calls, cautions Investigator Steve Moore with the Wilson County Sheriff's Office. "There has been no official request for donations," he said.

Damages to Floresville High School, heavily damaged by the tornado, will be assessed by engineers over the weekend, said Superintendent Sherri Bays. Although 20 girls basketball players were about to practice in the gym as the storm hit, their coach moved them to the locker room; all escaped unharmed. Meanwhile, tonight's football game has been postponed to tomorrow at 2 pm at Alamo Heights. Football players should report to the Tigers' Den at 9 am. Mighty Tiger Band members should report at the same time.

There will be NO classes at Floresville High School Monday. Classes will resume Monday for the other campuses if power is restored, Bays said.
The city of Floresville is thankful for the outpouring of prayers and assistance. Republic Services has donated 50 commercial dumpsters to aid with cleanup efforts, said City Manager Henrietta Turner.

We will work to provide updates as we are able. (Aerial photo courtesy KENS 5)

Update 2:49 p.m.
Floresville High School's football game has been moved from tonight to 2 pm tomorrow at Alamo Heights; athletes will need to be at the Tigers' Den at 9 am. Band members should report at the same time.

Update 2:11 p.m.
Floresville ISD Superintendent Sherri Bays advises that there will be NO classes at Floresville High School Monday. The rest of the district will be open if there is power.

No injuries at the schools have been reported. About 20 girls basketball players were entering the gym for practice, but the coach moved them to the locker room. The 400 bldg suffered most of the damage -- CTE and other classrooms. Cafeteria is opposing bldg.

Updated 1:46 p.m.
From FELPS: We are still working to restore power. At this point, we believe some of our customers without power should be restored late tonight. The other customers should be restored tomorrow. We have many crews working as safely and efficiently as possible.

Updated 10:30 a.m.
At 10:30 a.m. Floresville Mayor Diana Garza and Wilson County Judge Richard "Dickie" Jackson addressed members of the media at a press conference in Floresville. They said that first responders are on the seen and continue to assess damage. There are no reported fatalities at this time.

Motorists should attempt to avoid Floresville but if you must travel through the city, please be aware of the following detours:
•US 181 is closed from SH 97 E through C Street
•North and South traffic is being rerouted to Business Loop 181
•SH 97 E traffic has been rerouted to FM 539 and FM 1922

Electrical outages are widespread from south of Poth to north of Floresville and on SH 97 E and W. Floresville ISD and Poth ISD have cancelled classes. All city and county offices are closed. Early voting will not occur today.

Additional information will be distributed through the county web page at

Update 9:45 a.m.
From Floresville Electric Light & Power System's Marcy Jacobs:This morning a tornado damaged our Floresville substation. We have all FELPS crews, contractor crews and additional CPS Energy crews working to restore power. The damage was extensive and will take several hours to restore. Please be patient with us as we work to restore power safely.

Update 8:31 a.m.
Members of the DPS, Floresville Police Department, Wilson County Sheriff's Office, EMS, firefighters & more are in Floresville, assessing damage, searching for possible missing people & assisting the injured in the wake of this morning's storms & tornado. Power remains outs schools & many businesses are damaged & closed. There is no school today in Floresville & Poth.

Posted 6:30 a.m.
Parts of Bexar, Guadalupe & Wilson counties are under a flash flood warning until 9am today, as severe storms move through the area. There also is a tornado warning for northwestern Wilson County. Reports of a tornado touching down on 6th Street in Floresville. Take cover if you are in the path of this storm, which is moving north through the area.
If you are on the roads, & see water across the roadway, remember: Turn around, don't drown.
Stay safe!

Your Opinions and Comments

November 4, 2015 4:03am
brojames you are as old as I am it seems I remember the sirens from my youth but that was before there was 50 TV stations and the internet warning the public. Thanks to technology very few people (if any) are not warned these... More ›

November 3, 2015 4:44pm
Thank god nobody was hurt damages yes but I pray that floresville would be in considering the sirens that would really help.2 was a fire an 3 was a heavy fire a non-stop siren was a heavy storm or would really help... More ›

Nannette Kilbey-Smith, Editor  
October 31, 2015 12:30pm
Steeler Fan and other concerned community members, the Oltjendiers have confirmed there were no employees on the premises when the storm hit. All Lazy J staff are accounted for; no one was injured.

Nannette Kilbey-Smith, Editor  
October 31, 2015 11:27am
The curfew has been lifted for tonight, per Floresville city officials. Kids can trick or treat, said Mayor Garza. an update is coming shortly!

Steeler Fan  
October 31, 2015 8:46am
There is a man named Patrick who works at Lazy J. He comes in real early in the morning to start cooking. Does anyone know if he is OK?

No Nonsense  
October 31, 2015 1:32am
"It is either being complacent" is how it should read.

No Nonsense  
October 31, 2015 1:27am
Interesting. They cut the comments off on the "meet the man behind the badge" article that talked about our lack of communication in this county. Let me ask a rhetorical question: how well did the back up communication... More ›

Timmy Tee  
Anderson, TX  
October 30, 2015 11:59pm
Now we got to pay deputies to guard a campus that was probably poorly constructed in the first place? Good grief. It'll be declared a disaster, insurance will cover it, it'll be torn down and rebuilt, good grief, let the... More ›

Timmy Tee  
Anderson, TX  
October 30, 2015 10:38pm
I can't wait to see how much disaster money comes in. Gravel roads that had gulleys and washed out culverts that tens of people drive a week got us a few million; I suspect this will easily rake us in $100+. About a quarter... More ›

north pole  
October 30, 2015 10:01pm
At least FELPS didn't blame it on a squirrel this time!

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