Humble ISD is working around the clock in order to assist refugees from Hurricane Harvey.
Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, superintendent of Humble ISD, said that Creekwood Middle School, located at 3603 W Lake Houston Pkwy., is the primary location for the ongoing Kingwood rescue operation being directed by the Houston Police Department.
"At this time, we have quite a large number of people at Creekwood. We have been working around the clock to house those needing help," Fagen said.
Humble ISD administrators, police and transportation staff, as well as numerous district employees, have been performing many services to the community as the effects of the hurricane have increased.
"Our police officers are working 12-hour shifts. They are away from their families, it is difficult for them to get food and the bus drivers have worked since last night, often driving through very challenging roads, to see that everyone is safe." Fagen said.
"We have been at this non stop, since we became aware of the very real circumstances.We have mobilized buses, our staff and our schools in order to meet the needs," she said.
Humble ISD officers have had a challenging situation trying to get to each campus to assess any immediate dangers.
Kingwood High School was originally chosen to stage evacuations but the water rose quickly last night and district officials had to close it. Operations shifted to Creekwood Middle, where hundreds, if not thousands, have been taken today.
Fagen also said Willow Creek Elementary is open for residents in the back of Kingwood. Atascocita High School is being used by the Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department for triage, she said.
Humble ISD buses were deployed last night to take residents from Kingwood High School out of the area last night, and used in Atascocita and Humble to drive evacuees out of the area, but today, Fagen said, road conditions have made it impossible for them to get back into Kingwood.
Fagen reached out to New Caney ISD for their buses and at 2 p.m. today, a fleet arrived at Creekwood to begin transporting residents to Red Cross shelters.
Police have cleared the Creekwood parking lot to make room for helicopters to land.
Fagen said it is too soon to know if school will open next Tuesday. The first day of school was originally set for yesterday, Aug. 28. Then, as the storm's significance grew darker, district officials set Tuesday, Sept. 5as the first day. But this afternoon, Fagen said she is unsure that will happen.
"The very best thing for kids is to get back to business, which may not be possible for many of our families, but as soon as we can, we will be open. But today, I am not sure when we will open."
Fagen also said every school and facility will need extensive assessment and this will not only take time, but the flood waters will have to recede first.
"Updated information will be posted on the Humble ISD website as it becomes available," she said.