TX officials say travel in Galveston, Houston area near impossible

HOUSTON (AP) - State transportation officials advised Hurricane Ike evacuees to stay put as some major roads in the Houston-Galveston area remain clogged with water and debris.

The Texas Travel Information Center said Monday "to expect extremely long delays and fuel shortages." Evacuees should "stay put and not return until further notice."

The Greater Houston Transportation and Emergency Management Center reported 17 high water locations in the area. Interstate 45 was flooded near the Galveston Causeway Bridge.

The Texas Department of Transportation listed two road closures in Harris County: State Highway 146 in both directions from NASA Road 1 to the Galveston-Harris county line; and Nasa Road 1 from Lakeshore to State Highway 146.

A TXDoT spokeswoman said "many roadways in the affected areas are still not safe for travel due to flooding, power outages and debris."

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