Corpus Christi, Texas isn’t under a mandatory evacuation order as of the time of publication, but the City of Port Aransas right next door issued a mandatory evacuation at 11 a.m. on Thursday morning. If you’re planning to evacuate, what are the recommended routes?
See more details below.
Corpus Christi and Surrounding Cities’ Evacuation Map
If you’re evacuating from Corpus Christi, Port A, or Aransas pass, here’s an evacuation map for your region, provided by the Texas Department of Transportation.
I-37 is the most common evacuation route from Corpus to San Antonio, but many people have noted that the roads are already packed. Expect the trip to take an extra long amount of time, at least double as long as it would normally take, but possibly longer. To help ease traffic, the evacuation lane of northbound I-37 has been opened.
However, some Corpus Christi residents are choosing alternative routes for evacuating. You’ll likely experience less traffic, for example, if you go south and head to Laredo or McAllen. You can check Google Maps to see what the traffic delays are looking like before you head out, so you can pick the best route. Or check out KRISTV’s real-time traffic updates here.
If you’re planning to leave, the sooner the better. Although the hurricane is currently expected to make landfall sometime on late Friday night or early Saturday morning, rain and winds will be felt much earlier than that.
Here is the expected storm surge for Harvey, as of Thursday night:
Residents of Corpus Christi are being urged to evacuate, especially in low-lying areas. In Corpus, that includes ZIP codes 78418 and 78373 (both on the Island), and 78402, 78418 (Flour Bluff) and 78419. Here’s a message from the City of Corpus Christi’s official Twitter page explaining this in more detail:
List of Issued Evacuations
As of 9:30 p.m. Thursday, the following evacuations in Texas had been declared.
- In Aransas County: Cities of Aransas Pass and Rockport
- Coastal communities in Brazoria County along the Gulf side of the Intracoastal canal. This includes Surfside, Sargent and Palacios beginning Friday at 8 a.m. This is due to possible storm surges.
- Calhoun County (entire county)
- Matagorda County: all areas south of FM 521 and FM 2611 in Sargent, all areas south of FM 52, and areas south of Business 35 W of Palacios
- Nueces County: City of Port Aransas has mandatory evacuation
- Refugio County
- San Patricio County
- Bee County
- Brazoria County: Low-lying coastal areas inland of the Intracoastal Waterway
- Cameron County: Voluntary evacuation of RVs in county parks, and of the City of South Padre Island
- Chambers County: Smith Point, Cedar Point, recreational vehicles, unanchored mobile homes, low-lying areas known to flood
- Galveston County: Voluntary for residents on the Bolivar Peninsula as of Friday at 8 a.m.
- Harris County: City of Seabrook
- Jackson County
- Kleberg County: Ricardo, Riviera, Loyola Beach/Baffin Bay area
- Nueces County: Corpus Christi evacuation encouraged by not mandatory
- Victoria County
By the way, if you don’t have a place to stay, AirBNB is offering free rentals for evacuees.