SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE – HURRICANE LAURA
Updated – Tuesday Aug. 25 @ 1 pm
The following is an update on Hurricane Laura and impacts on City provided services.
Laura’s projected landfall has moved west of the Texas / Louisiana border, which means increased likelihood for severe weather in Houston.
PROJECTED HURRICANE STRENGTH
Laura is expected to increase from CAT 2 to a CAT 3 hurricane at landfall, which means that residents should prepare for a major wind event and storm surge of 6 – 9 feet in low lying areas of coastal counties.
CITY ACTIVATION OF THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC)
The City will be activating the EOC on Wednesday night and identified City personnel will reporting to work on Wednesday night prepared to stay through the duration of this severe weather event.
IMPACTED CITY SERVICES
The following services will be impacted:
- Trash/Recycling/Yard Waste collection will be cancelled for Thursday and possible Friday. Resident should not place any items curbside for collection.
- Recreational Facilities (pools & recreation center) will be closed for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
- Parked Vehicles – vehicles should not be parked in the street on Wednesday night and Thursday to aid with needed cleanup, as well as, emergency vehicle access.
- City Offices Closed – all City offices and facilities will be closed to the public on Thursday and possibly Friday.
- West University Place is not part of an evacuation zone but residents should prepare for possible power outages, heavy rain and the possibility of tropical storm force winds on Thursday. Make sure you have a plan and have your disaster kit supplies ready.
- Review your family’s emergency plan, including what you will do if you stay or if you evacuate.
- Remember to take into account that social distancing, regular handwashing and face coverings are still needed for COVID-19.
- Make sure your disaster kit is fully stocked, with enough supplies for each family member, including pets.
- Do not forget about special items for babies, elderly and medically fragile family members.
- Fuel vehicles and generators.
- Know where important documents are and take pictures of your property for insurance purposes.