The Thomas Telegraph: Vol. 2, Issue 32 – 09-13-2021
Vol. 2, Issue 32 – 09.13.21
Tropical Storm Nicholas Safety and Preparation Reminders
The City of Houston is continuing to prepare for the overnight arrival of Tropical Storm Nicholas. This is expected to be primarily a rain event, with the potential for severe flooding on our roadways. With the worst of the weather moving in overnight, motorists are asked to be off the roads by nightfall.
Mayor Turner reminds all motorists to avoid high water – turn around, don’t drown. All intersections and underpasses have the potential to be dangerous during storms. Locations of serious flooding can vary. Likewise, if you an encounter a barricade, DO NOT attempt to drive around it. It has been placed there for your safety.
Also, take this opportunity to make sure your medication is properly labeled and included in your emergency kit. Charge your durable medical equipment and spare batteries and make ensure they are operational. Finally, for your pets and service animals, prepare at least three days’ worth of food and water and have all appropriate veterinarian information available.
Solid Waste Will Close on Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Due to the current Flash Flood Emergency in effect for the City of Houston, and to ensure the department’s employee safety, all Solid Waste Management services will be suspended, and all Solid Waste facilities and administration offices will be closed on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
Please stay tuned to the city’s social media platforms and your local news stations for updates from Mayor Sylvester Turner regarding determination for the SWMD facilities’ and collection schedules. Information on any facility or service schedule changes or delays will also be posted on http://www.houstonsolidwaste.org/ and will be shared via SWMD’s social media platforms.
Prepare an Emergency Kit: Take this time to finalize preparations and make an emergency supply kit that includes food, batteries, medication and personal items. For help and information on preparing for disasters, visit HoustonOEM.org. To receive emergency alerts by phone or email from the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, register at AlertHouston.org.
Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown®: If you must travel, do not drive through flooded areas. If you see water covering the road, do not attempt to drive through it. Only a few inches of water can cause a vehicle to float.
Avoid Traveling during Periods of Heavy Rain: Rain can reduce visibility and prevent drivers from seeing the road ahead, which could lead to accidents. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation and your vehicle is taking on water, get out of the vehicle, get to a higher position, and call 911.
Monitor Stream, Bayou, and Creek Conditions: Rain may move repeatedly across the same area, causing creeks and bayous to rise and possibly exceed their banks. Stay informed of current conditions and avoid traveling near creeks and bayous.
Residents can report road debris such and downed trees to 311, which will remain fully function to ensure continuity of service throughout the storm.
Storm Drains + Ditches: Property owners should ensure that street drains and ditches are clear of trash so storm water can flow without obstructions. Blockages of drains, ditches and culverts are the most frequent cause of flooding in neighborhoods. Secure items that might float away in heavy rain and become lodged in drains or culverts.
Houston Public Works (HPW) has temporarily lowered Lake Houston to 41.5 ft. in anticipation of Tropical Storm Nicholas. Lake Houston is lowered when the National Weather Service predicts greater than 3 inches of rain within a 48-hour period.
Passengers who are flying out of Bush Intercontinental Airport and Houston Hobby should check with airlines for delays or cancellations. Fly2Houston.com will also include important information.