Storm Watch: Galveston Closed

AUSTIN (AP) Galveston is covered with two to four feet of water and authorities are planning to close access to the island Saturday, state officials say.

"You can go out, but you can't come in," Allison Castle, spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry, told reporters at the emergency operations center Saturday in Austin.

Castle also said the U.S. Coast Guard is preparing to evacuate four critical care patients from the flooded University of Texas Medical Branch hospital. She said the Coast Guard is waiting for winds to drop below 50 mph before conducting the rescue operation.

Castle said the Department of Public Safety and the Texas Department of Transportation are being dispatched to Galveston to shut down roads and assist people out.

"Only emergency vehicles are going to be allowed on the island," she said.

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