Dickinson Fire Marshal's Office has been conducting damage assessments of
commercial business and multi-family apartment complexes over the past weeks
since the floods caused by Hurricane Harvey. Due to these historic floods, many
buildings received major damage and have become uninhabitable. Once these
buildings have been identified, the electricity has to be turned off for the
safety of any remaining tenants or adjacent buildings.
regards to the Creekside Apartments located at 406 Deats Road located in
Dickinson, TX, our office has made several visits to this complex in the past
weeks. Late last week three buildings that are part of this complex that have a
separate address were identified as dangerous buildings and several fire and
life safety issues were found. The power to these buildings was disconnected at
that time. At that time, management was advised that the remaining buildings
would be evaluated in the week to come.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 the Fire Marshal's Office evaluated several
buildings on the property of Creekside Apartments and found several fire and
life safety issues including dangerous exposed electrical wiring within
buildings that remained occupied. Additionally, these same buildings took on
approximately 2 to 5 feet of flood waters submerging most of the first floor electrical
system under water. As well, due to the high water inside these units, there is
an extreme health safety hazard for the remaining tenants as mold has started
to spread upward towards the second floor units within several buildings.
to immediate fire and life safety issues found during this damage assessment
evaluation, Fire Marshal staff ordered Texas New Mexico Power to disconnect the
power to the complex. Unfortunately, due to the type of connection from TNMP to
the complex, once disconnected it removed power to the entire complex.
City of Dickinson Building Department will work with the owner of Creekside
Apartments on obtaining the proper permits to rebuild, if this is what they
choose to do.
staff worked with the Red Cross and a local Church that same evening and were
able to advise tenants of available shelters.
Lee Darrow - Fire Marshal
Tim J. Cromie
Criminal Investigation Division
Sergeant / Public Information Officer