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Posted on: September 10, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Hurricane Nicholas

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Update: 9/14 2:30PM - The City of West University Place will resume regular business hours Wednesday, September 15th and reopen facilities to the public. Tuesday’s trash, recycle, and yard waste collection is scheduled to be picked up on Wednesday. Please take note of the following matters in regard to vegetation debris collection:

  • Limbs, tree trimmings and hedges should be cut into 4’ ft in length sections with the diameter of branches being 3” inches or less. Larger branches may require additional assessment.
  • Any individual item or collection of vegetation material larger than approximately 3 cubic yards (about the size/space of a washer and dryer side-by-side), may require additional assessment by City crews and may not be collected the same day.
  • DO NOT place collection material in the street or near curb gutters.
  • DO NOT mix household trash or any other type of non-vegetative debris with yard waste material.
  • Leaves, grass clippings, small tree and hedge clippings should be bagged (paper or compostable plastic bags per yard waste collection requirements)

For more information about trash, recycling, and yard waste collection please visit www.westutx.gov/publicworks.   

Update: 9/14 8AM - The City of West University Place is currently assessing damage in the area from Hurricane Nicholas. If your household has incurred wind storm damage, or you find debris in the roadway blocking lanes of traffic or sidewalks, we encourage you to please report this to the City’s non-emergency phone line at 713-668-4441. For reporting power outages please contact CenterPoint Energy at 713-207-2222. If you have to travel please use extreme caution as there could be hazards in the roadways.

For more information on City operations and the latest news from West U regarding Tropical Storm Nicholas please visit, www.westutx.gov/nicholas and make sure to follow the City on all social media platforms. 

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Update: 9/13 6:15PM - The latest update regarding Tropical Storm Nicholas still shows moderate to high risk of flash flooding for West University Place and surrounding areas this evening. Residents are urged be in a place of safety by sundown and to stay off the roads.

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This evening the West University Place Police and Fire Departments will be available to help rescue stranded individuals from flooded/stranded vehicles. Please note that yellow tape will be placed on these vehicles as a way to communicate with other departments that the scene has been cleared. This method will help eliminate duplicate calls and prevents secondary response from emergency personnel. 

As a reminder, all City facilities will be closed Tuesday, September 14 and trash collection has been suspended. Please do not place any trash out during this time. Tuesday’s trash, recycle, and yard waste collection is scheduled to be picked up on Wednesday.

The Buffalo Speedway Construction project does not impact West U’s current drainage system. All inlets and outlets are open and water continues to drain as normal.

The next planned update from the City will be Tuesday morning. 

For more information on City operations and the latest news from West U regarding Tropical Storm Nicholas please visit, www.westutx.gov/nicholas and make sure to follow the City on all social media platforms. 

Update: 9/13 12:15PM - The City of West University Place will close all city facilities to the public today at 2:00 p.m. Facilities will remained closed through Tuesday, September 14. The City will be staffed during the event to provide essential services. Trash and yard waste collection will be suspended for Tuesday. Please do not place out any trash during this time. Tuesday’s trash, recycle, and yard waste collection is scheduled to be picked up on Wednesday. 

Tonight’s City Council Meeting scheduled for 6:00 p.m. has been postponed until Monday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m.  

For more information on City operations and the latest news from West U regarding Tropical Storm Nicholas please visit, www.westutx.gov/nicholas and make sure to follow the City on all social media platforms. 

Update: 9/13 10:00AM - The National Weather Service is anticipating Tropical Storm Nicholas to make landfall this evening. The City of West University Place is preparing for heavy rain and asking all residents to take necessary steps to prepare your family and home.

• Turn off irrigation systems 
• Remove any outdoor trash or yard debris that could clog drains
• Check your emergency preparedness kits

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Make sure you are following the City on all social media platforms to stay up to date on the latest news.

Update: 9/12 12:15PM - The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has moved to Level III-Increased Readiness and is monitoring tropical storm Nicholas which formed today in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. Based on current forecasts from the National Hurricane Center, Nicholas poses a heavy rainfall and flood threat to our area this week.

Extremely heavy rainfall is expected through Wednesday. Widespread totals of 3-6 inches are expected but isolated areas, especially those south of I-10, could receive as much as 12 inches through Wednesday. Street flooding and rises along rivers, streams, and bayous in Harris County are likely. High winds are also possible. You can monitor rain gauges and bayou conditions, and sign up for alerts here.

Monitor local media for weather updates often over the next several days. The National Hurricane Center has issued Tropical Storm Watches from Port Aransas to High Island, including Matagorda and Galveston Bays. Additional watches and warnings from the local National Weather Service office will be issued as needed. Make sure you have more that one way of receiving weather and emergency information!

HCOHSEM will provide updates via social media channels and Ready Harris Alerts

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Posted: 9/10 4PM - The National Weather Service forecasts widespread rainfall of up to 3 to 5 inches for areas south of I-10, with the possibility of up to 8 inches in areas closer to the coast. The biggest threat will come from heavy downpours that produce high amounts of rain in a very short time. This can cause street flooding and rises along rivers, streams, and bayous in areas where this occurs. You can track bayou conditions and sign up for alerts at the Harris County Flood Control’s Flood Warning System website.

Residents are encouraged to monitor weather forecasts through the weekend. Once rains begin, motorists should exercise caution – slow down and leave additional space between you and other vehicles. If you must drive, remember: Turn Around Don’t Drown! Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways. Check the Houston TranStar live traffic map for information on road conditions and flooded main lanes in the region.

ReadyHarris will provide updates via social media channels and, if needed, Ready Harris Alerts.

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