The Police NewsDickinson, Texas
Media Statement from the Dickinson Fire Marshal’s Office
The 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.
In 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.
On 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.
Due 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.
The 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.
City 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
Dickinson Police Department