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Hurricane Harvey Message from the City

Post Date:08/23/2017 3:51 PM

August 31, 2017
7 pm

Road closures - This is not an all-inclusive list, it contains main thoroughfares. There remain several smaller streets that are impassable. If you see water covering a roadway, do not assume it is passable. Turn around, don't drown.

Greenbriar – Roadway is washed out.

Raccoon @ Savell accessible only to Gulfway

Cedar Bayou Lynchburg @ Bayou Blvd.

I-10 East and West Bound 

North Main from I-10 to Wallisville 

FM 565 between SH 146 & FM 1405

Sjolander under I-10

 

As the sun starts to set on Baytown we are thankful for another day of progress as the water continues to recede and roadways are starting to open. While residents have started to make their way back into these neighborhoods to begin assessing the damage to their properties, be mindful that there are still portions of these neighborhoods and roadways that are not accessible.  In an effort to maintain security and safety of those areas affected, the Baytown Police Department will have officers in these neighborhoods to verify those seeking access have a legitimate reason for doing so. 

 

We are extremely grateful to the Churches and facilities that offered comfort and a dry place to stay for our citizens during this challenging time. We have begun the process of transitioning our citizens who are currently in one of our hubs into longer term facilities such as NRG.  Cedar Bayou Baptist, Memorial Baptist and Celebration of Life Churches have transitioned all of their evacuees to either Lee College or NRG. Mercy Gate should be transitioned tomorrow morning.  The city will assist with transportation for those who wish to go to NRG from Lee College. Harris County Transit is currently not charging citizens who wish to get to Lee College.   

 

We have received a great outpouring of assistance, help and donations over the past several days, for which we are extremely grateful. This is a testament to the sense of community and heart of our great city.  At this time the only supplies we are in need of are cleaning supplies, which can be dropped off at Second Baptist Church on North Main. We also ask those wishing to make monetary donations to please make donations only through a recognized source such as the United Way which can be done at https://www.gofundme.com/united-way-harvey-relief-fund. This will ensure that the donations you make go directly to help those affected in Baytown.   

 

The city is currently working to establish a schedule for residential debris pickup, which we hope to begin in the next few days and we will post that schedule on our website as it is made available. Please remember to follow the instructions posted Wednesday regarding how debris should be separated and be reminded there is no recycling at this time. All other city services are back to normal operating hours and ready to serve our citizens.

 

Remember, the safety of our citizens is paramount, therefore we continue to ask citizens to please limit unnecessary travel, such as sight-seeing, around those areas heavily affected by the storm waters. There are still dangers in these areas and unnecessary travel in and around them is discouraged. 

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August 31, 2017
1 pm

Road closures - This is not an all-inclusive list, it contains main thoroughfares. There remain several smaller streets that are impassable. If you see water covering a roadway, do not assume it is passable. Turn around, don't drown.

Greenbriar – Roadway is washed out
Raccoon @ Savell accessible only to Gulfway
Cedar Bayou Lynchburg @ Bayou
I-10 East and West Bound
North Main from I-10 to Wallisville
SH 146@Cedar Bayou - South bound (North bound lanes open)
FM 565 between SH 146 & FM 1405

Thankfully the sun has started to shine over Baytown and the waters continue to recede in the neighborhoods and roadways along Cedar Bayou and throughout the city. However, there are still portions of those neighborhoods and roadways that are not accessible. We will be assessing those areas throughout the day and allow residents to start getting back into these neighborhoods, as it is safe to do so, to begin assessing the damage to their properties.  In an effort to maintain security and safety of those areas affected, the Baytown Police Department will have officers in these neighborhoods to verify those seeking access have a legitimate reason for doing so. 

We are extremely grateful to the Churches and facilities that offered comfort and a dry place to stay for our citizens during this challenging time. We have begun the process of transitioning our citizens who are currently in one of our hubs into longer term facilities such as NRG. We currently have about 300 citizens in various hubs that will be transitioning to Lee College and then to NRG, which is able to accommodate their longer term needs.  Cedar Bayou Baptist, Memorial Baptist and Celebration of Life churches are planned to be transitioned today with Mercy Gate being transitioned to Lee College tomorrow morning.  The city will assist with transportation for those who wish to go to NRG from Lee College. Harris County Transit is currently not charging citizens who wish to get to Lee College.   

We have received a great outpouring of assistance, help and donations over the past several days, for which we are extremely grateful. This is a testament to the sense of community and heart of our great city.  At this time we are no longer in need of supplies, instead we ask those wishing to help to please make donations through the United Way at https://www.gofundme.com/united-way-harvey-relief-fund. This will ensure that the donations you make go directly to help those affected in Baytown.   

The city is currently working to establish a schedule for residential debris pickup, which we hope to begin in the next few days and we will post that schedule on our website as it is made available. Please remember to follow the instructions posted Wednesday regarding how debris should be separated and be reminded there is no recycling at this time. All other city services are back to normal operating hours and ready to serve our citizens. 

 

While the sun is shining and the waters are receding, the safety of our citizens is paramount. Therefore we ask citizens to please limit unnecessary travel, such as sight-seeing, around those areas heavily affected by the storm waters. There are still dangers in these areas and unnecessary travel in and around them is discouraged. 

 

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August 30, 2017
5 PM

As we work towards recovering from this devastating storm, the City of Baytown wants its citizens to know that we are committed to providing them with continued safety, security and the quality service that they have come to expect.

In the coming days, our citizens will notice an increased police presence throughout the city, including those areas most affected by the floods, and address any concerns regarding incidents of theft that may occur in these areas.

At this time the Whispering Pines and Tierra del Oro subdivisions are still inaccessible. Access to all other subdivisions along Cedar Bayou remain, at a minimum, extremely restricted. Although water has begun to recede in many areas, travel into those areas along Cedar Bayou remains extremely dangerous and is discouraged at this time. Over the next several days the City will continue to assess these areas and the water levels along Cedar Bayou. 

The City’s street sweeping operations have already begun on major thoroughfares throughout the city and will continue its progress on arterial and collector streets in the upcoming days.  Residential streets will be addressed once the higher volume streets have been cleared. 

As you begin the cleanup of your properties, note that residential garbage and debris must be separated and placed out on the curb (not on the street) for pick up.  Please do not block off the road or place items near or on trees, poles or other structures.  The debris must be separated into the following five piles: construction and demolition materials, vegetative, hazardous materials, large appliances, and electronics.  Your regular residential garbage will be collected by Waste Management beginning tomorrow, Thursday, August 31st.  Your brush and debris will be picked up by the City’s contracted debris removal company beginning in the next few days.  Trash burning is illegal and strictly prohibited in the city limits.

The City of Baytown is in the process of establishing a utility payment deferral policy, which will provide a grace period during which residents will be able to pay their utility bills without penalties or the termination of services.

The Mayor has signed an order heightening the fact that price gouging in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is illegal and strictly prohibited. We encourage our citizens to be on their guard and if you believe that you have been unfairly charged for goods or services, you may notify the City’s Prosecutor at legal@baytown.org or file a complaint directly with the Office of the Texas Attorney General.  A link to the Texas Attorney General’s Office is provided on our website to assist with this reporting.  The Mayor’s order also includes the suspension of building permit fees, including electrical, plumbing and mechanical permit fees.  For a complete list of fees waived visit the City’s website.

The Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District will begin classes, Tuesday, September 5th at its regular times.  For more information, please visit its website at www.gccisd.net.

Again, we want to reassure our citizens that the City of Baytown continues to take the safety and security of our citizens and their property very seriously, especially during this challenging time.  

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August 30, 2017
3 PM

Message from the Mayor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSpbvwvaRE

As you begin the cleanup of your properties, note that garbage, brush and debris must be separated and placed out on the curb not on the street for pick up.  Your regular residential garbage will be collected by Waste Management beginning tomorrow, Thursday, August 31st.  Your brush and debris will be picked up by the City’s contracted debris removal company beginning in the next few days.  Trash burning is illegal and strictly prohibited in the city limits.

These businesses are currently open.  Some may close early.
 
North end                                                                                          
                Target
                Tractor Supply
                Kroger
                Petsmart
                Taco Bell
                Brewings
                Walmart
                McDonalds (i-10)
                Chic Fil A
                Lowes  
                IHOP
                Auto zone
                Joe V’s
                Walgreens-Birdsong
                Mcdonalds (W. Baker/Garth)
                CVS –Birdsong
                Kings BBQ
                Spec’s
                Home Depot
 
Decker Drive
                Dollar General
                Oreilly
               
Bayway
Family Dollar
                El Toro
 
South side
                CVS-Park
                Auto Zone-Park
                Family Dollar-Garth
                Food Town-1700 Garth
                Discount Tire-Garth/Decker
                McDonalds
                El Toro-Decker/Garth
 
For the most part businesses are opening up slowly for regular business.  

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August 30, 2017
10 AM

The City is beginning to transition from the response phase to the recovery phase.  The City’s drinking water continues to be safe to use and drink. Access to several areas of the community remain limited.  Below is the list of closed roadways in Baytown as of this morning:

·       SH146 at Cedar Bayou
·       SH146 at I-10
·       I-10 from Cedar Bayou to SH146.
·       FM565 from SH146 to FM1405
·       Ferry Road at SH146
·       Cedar Bayou Lynchburg at Bayou Blvd.
·       Raccoon at Cary Creek
·       N. Main north of I-10

Continued updates on closures and other updates will be provided to residents via the City’s website, Facebook page, Comcast Channel 16, Shelter Locations, Sterling Municipal Library, the United Way of Greater Baytown and Chambers County, or by calling 281-420-5311.

Residents who experienced damage to their homes during Hurricane Harvey are strongly encouraged to contact their insurance company immediately and at a minimum, let their company know that they plan to file a claim.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

Community members who would like to donate to the recovery efforts and keep those donations local can visit https://www.gofundme.com/united-way-harvey-relief-fund.  The United Way of Greater Baytown and Chambers County will complete a needs assessment and distribute these funds to community members impacted by Hurricane Harvey who are in need of assistance.

As we begin this recovery period, note that persons performing or offering to perform tree trimming, debris removal or construction, electrical, plumbing, mechanical work in the City must be registered with the City and must display the registration when soliciting business.

Lastly, City offices will resume regular business operations to the public, tomorrow, Thursday, August 31, 2017

 

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August 29, 2017

8 pm  

 The City of Baytown has experienced approximately 4.28 inches of rain today. That brings our Hurricane Harvey rain total to a whopping 51.88 inches. The highest reported in the county.  

We have focused efforts on rescue services mainly in the Whispering Pines, Pinehurst and Kingsbend areas.  

It is forecasted that rainfall will continue but will be diminishing over the next 24 hours; however, flooding along the bayous and bays is expected to continue.  We advise that you do not re-enter flooded areas until flood waters have fully receded.  

Municipal offices will remain closed to the public on Wednesday. There will be no residential trash or recycling collected.

City water remains safe to drink, and the Hartman Bridge is open.

For tomorrow - St. Marks UMC will be our main hub for shelter donations. 

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August 29, 2017
12 PM

Donations:

  • Pet supply donations are being accepted at the Health Dept. 220 W. Defee until 4 pm. We are especially in need of small animal crates.
  • Cots, blankets, paper goods (paper plates, napkins, toilet paper, sanitary items). Where you can bring it - Chick Fil A on Garth.

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  • The water is not being turned off. It is fine.
  • We are not ordering a mandatory evacuation (or a voluntary one). We are rescuing people in immediate need. If you are in a dry place, you do not need to be rescued.
  • We have not ordered a curfew, other than our regular youth curfew (11 pm).
  • The Hartman Bridge is open and the San Jac. bridge (I10) has not collapsed.
  • No trash or recycling collection today.  

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August 29, 2017
7 AM

Overnight rainfall has led Cedar Bayou to rise a foot above 500 year flood elevation. 

City resources today will be focused in the areas along Cedar Bayou.  If you need rescue in this area, please place a white towel or sheet out your window or door so rescue crews can find you. 

If you live in other areas of Baytown, please do not contact the city unless you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency. 

For those people who were rescued yesterday and left a white towel or sheet on their house, please message us back or call 281-420-5311 so we can tell emergency crews not respond to this location.  All residents need to remain cautious today as rainfall continues and water levels continue to rise.

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August 28, 2017
7 PM

The weather forecast remains relatively the same as this morning’s report with forecasted steady moderate rains with some heavy rains; the heavy rain threat should end by Wednesday. There is a tropical storm warning along coastal zones, waters and bays with an expected 8-12 inches in rain for the next 36 hours.  Tides are already running 2-3 feet above normal due to rivers emptying into bays; therefore we continue to closely monitor our waterways.

Due to the dangerous nature of the currents in Cedar Bayou, our first responders are conducting boat rescues primarily at the Pinehurst and Whispering Pines Subdivisions.  All non-life threatening rescues will be stopped at nightfall and begin at daybreak. We are asking citizens located in the Wishpering Pines and Pinehurst Subdivisions that have requested rescue to place a white sheet or towel on their window in order for our first responders to quickly identify their homes and complete the rescue expeditiously. 

Please note that City services to the public will remain closed through tomorrow.

The center of the City is drivable; below is the list of impassable roads:

Carey Creek at Raccoon

Green Briar (washout)

SH146/I-10

Cedar bayou Lynchburg (between N Main/WALMART)

Cedar Bayou Lynchburg at Bayou (impassable with largest truck)

I-10 at Sjolander

SH 146 at Tompkins

I-10 Westbound & Eastbound (closed at Cedar Bayou) with Water on I-10

N Main (North of I-10) to Wallisville

SH 146 at Cedar Bayou

 

A short term hub for our citizens has been opened at Memorial Baptist Church.  The evacuees that were at the Baytown Community Center have all been moved to the Memorial Baptist Church and this location is now full.  We continue to work with local partners, volunteers and agencies to provide additional hubs, as that information becomes available, we will send that information along. The Community Center is no longer taking in evacuees.

The City is not accepting donations of any kind at any of our facilities, but encourage donations to favorite charities or to:

Baytown United 7th Day Adventist
401 W Nazro St
Baytown, Tx 77520
Mon-Fri  9 am – 5 pm
(clothing & food)

 

American Red Cross
www.redcross.org
(monetary)

Our water continues to be clean and drinkable.

Citizens should continue to monitor the City’s website for up-to-date road closures and other weather related information. In the case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.  For non-emergency calls and requests for assistance, please contact 281-420-5311.

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August 28, 2017
5 PM

**Urgent** Due to the dangerous nature and current of Cedar Bayou, it is imperative that we reach those requiring rescue in Pinehurst/Whispering Pines to make themselves known to responders by placing white towels or sheets in the window if you have them available. This will make it easier for emergency crews to locate you.. Time is of the essence. Due to the danger and limited swift water rescue resources, non-life threatening rescues will be stopped after dark. If you know someone in Pinehurst awaiting rescue - please tell them to be on the lookout for rescue crews to speed up the process.

The  Hartman Bridge is closed  due to shelter in place in LaPorte for a chemical leak until further notice.

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August 28, 2017
1 PM

 City services to the public will remain closed through tomorrow, and staff maybe contacted to come in as needed.

 The center of the City is drivable; below is the list of impassable roads:

Carey Creek at Raccoon
Green Briar (washout)
SH146/I-10
Cedar bayou Lynchburg (between N Main/WALMART)
Cedar Bayou Lynchburg at Bayou (impassable with largest truck)
Business 146 at Train Trestle
SH 146 at Tompkins
I-10 Westbound & Eastbound (closed at Cedar Bayou) with Water on I-10
N Main (North of I-10) to Wallisville
SH 146 at Cedar Bayou 

The City is not accepting donations of any kind at any of our facilities, but encourage donations to favorite charities or to:

Baytown United 7th Day Adventist
401 W Nazro St
Baytown, Tx 77520
Mon-Fri  9 am – 5 pm
(clothing & food)

American Red Cross
www.redcross.org
(monetary)

We have contacted the Red Cross to provide assistance to our citizens.  We will update you once we have more information.

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August 28, 2017

8 AM

 We ran a final rain gauge tally last night and Smith Gully @ SH 146 ended up reporting 28 inches of rain yesterday.  Predictions show the system moving further east, which is good for us, but we need to remain vigilant.  Overnight we saw Cedar Bayou rise and it has now crossed over SH 146, which has been barricaded. 

The Fire Department completed additional evacuations overnight.  The Police Department cleared all abandoned vehicles from the roadways.  Residents looking for their vehicles can call the Police Department at 281-422-8371.

With flooding starting to subside, Fire engines and ambulances are starting to come back into service.

News media reported an inaccurate story overnight of a sewer line break causing contamination in the city’s water system.  In reality, we had a cave-in of a stormwater pipe on Greenbriar in Lakewood.  The pipe goes under the roadway on Greenbriar and serves a county ditch.  There were no impacts to the quality of stormwater or drinking water.  We are in touch with the county about making the repairs, but it could be closed off for some time.

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August 27, 2017
6 PM

Weather forecast: More rain beginning early this evening. Heavy rainfall is possible, resulting in more flooding.

Shelters: We've been informed that the Red Cross will not be able to set up shelters in Baytown tonight. Unless it is an emergency, residents should try to stay where they are. Residents are asked to stay indoors and off the streets. In cases of life threatening emergency, call 911. Non-emergency calls and requests for assistance can be made to 281-420-5311.

Waste Management has advised that there will be no trash collection. Please do not put your trash out at the curb, as it could clog storm drains.

At this time, the City is not requesting volunteers or donations. The time for that will come later, once the initial emergency response is over.

There are no general evacuations planned at this time, and the City's water system is stable. CenterPoint is working to restore power where it is out, but this could take time.

 

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August 27, 2017
12:39 PM

 Both ExxonMobil and Chevron Phillips Cedar Bayou have advised us that they have initiated the process of shutting down their facilities due to flooding. The public may see flaring as a result of the shut-down activities. There is no danger to plant employees or the community. To receive plant updates, call the Community Awareness Emergency Response (CAER Line) at 281-476-2237.

  

August 27, 2017
10 AM
Tropical Weather Update and Advisory

Baytown has experienced significant rainfall over the past 12 hours causing extensive street flooding, with several areas becoming impassable. Residents are asked to stay where they are and avoid traveling.

Please DO NOT CALL 911 UNLESS IT IS A LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY. Emergency crews are working to rescue those in need. Report residential flooding to 281-5311. 

Although rainfall has slowed and flooding is receding somewhat, more is on the way. We are between bands. More rain is expected throughout the day and evening and into tomorrow. Stay off the streets.

Water is safe to drink and use.

 

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August 26, 2017
5 PM 
Tropical Weather Update and Advisory

Rainfall and surge forecast remain the same. What NWS predicts for our area over the next few days is that we will get bands of rain and wind similar to what we experienced today. Right now, we are in between bands. Additional rain could cause flooding, so the recommendation to stay put remains.

Tornadoes and locally heavy rain continue to be a threat.

 

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August 26, 2017
11 AM
Tropical Weather Update and Advisory

Hurricane Harvey (Cat 1) is centered near Victoria and weakening, however the threat of heavy and extended rainfall has not diminished for our area. The path of the storm has shifted and as it weakens, it is expected to head north. Tropical Storm and Flash Flood warnings are still in effect. A Tornado Watch is in effect until 1 pm. We are still expected to receive between 15" and 30' with heavier amounts possible.

Expectations - widespread flooding with numerous road closures as rainfall amounts grow through the weekend. Major bayou and river flooding is expected. Some structure flooding is likely.

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August 26, 2017
7:45 AM
Tropical Weather Update and Advisory

Harvey is gradually weakening and continues to move slowly northwest. The track and forecast models continue to show a very slow movement for the next 5 days. Flash Flood warnings are currently in effect for our area. The tornado threat also continues with rain bands coming onshore and moving inland.

The Tropical Storm Warning is still in effect, as is the Storm Surge Warning. Although Harvey has made landfall, the threat is not over. The potential for life threatening flash flooding is high.

 

The forecast is calling for 6” to 8” of rain today and tonight and 4”-6” Sunday, with more rains expected Monday – Thursday. (15”-35” total possible)

We recommend residents stay off the roadways unless absolutely necessary.

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August 25, 2017
10:45 PM
Tropical Weather Update and Advisory

Forecast remains the same. Hurricane Harvey is currently making landfall near Rockport as a Cat. 4 storm. Harris Co. remains under a tornado watch until 2 am - that is expected to be extended - a flash flood watch, and a tropical storm warning until further notice. 

Residents are advised to take shelter in a safe location and keep updated on the weather.

The Hartman Bridge is open and no local flooding has been reported at this time.
                                                                                                                                                                                          

August 25, 2017 
1 PM
Tropical Weather Update and Advisory

                                   
Baytown continues to be under Tropical Storm Warning and a Flash Flood Watch as Hurricane Harvey ambles toward the Texas Coast. It is currently predicted that Harvey will make landfall  on the middle Texas coast as a Category 3 hurricane; however, if this stays consistent, Baytown will be on the east or “dirty” side of the storm.

The primary threat associated with this storm will be rain and flooding, though tornadoes and gusting winds are a possibility beginning Friday evening.  Rain, wind and high tide (in tidal waterways) have begun and are expected to stick around all weekend and into early next week. Sustained Tropical Storm force winds are possible in Galveston Bay beginning late Friday afternoon. Forecast and storm models are subject to change.

In advance of the storm, all city departments are making appropriate plans for flooding conditions. City crews are pre-positioning street barricades in low-lying areas and increasing on-duty and on-call personnel.  The Emergency Management Office is monitoring the situation as it progresses. 

There are no plans to order an evacuation of Baytown at this time. However weather conditions will continue to deteriorate and residents are encouraged to wrap up preparations and make sure they are in a safe location. Travel is discouraged as the day and the storm progress. The City of Baytown does not open shelters prior to a storm.

A list of storm related closures is located on the City’s website.

Currently, the primary concerns are:

Rainfall:  15”, up to 25” possible in isolated areas
Wind:  30-35 mph beginning 8pm Friday night
Tides:  4’ expected
Surge: 2-4’ possible

Onset: Friday afternoon heavy wind and rain.

We encourage everyone to stay tuned and take the proper precautions to prepare your homes and your families, especially if you live in low-lying areas and areas prone to flooding.

You can check out the latest updates on Harvey by visiting nhc.noaa.gov/#Harvey.  We will continue to monitor the storm and will send updates as they become available.   

Now is the time to make sure you have an emergency plan and supplies in place. 
Frequently check the city’s website at baytown.org, Facebook page (City of Baytown – Government), or Twitter feed for updates.

• Make a plan and include all emergency contact information in your plan.
• Ensure you have a 3 to 5-day supply of food and water.
• Have enough medications and refills to last you throughout the weekend.
• Consider your pets and make sure you have food for them too.
• Flash lights, batteries and a tool kit may come in handy.
• Have all your toiletries and a first aid kit readily available.
• Secure patio furniture and/or remove objects that may be impacted by high winds and heavy rain.
• Secure boats if docked on the water.

For more information on how to be “Baytown Ready” visit http://www.baytown.org/city-hall/departments/fire/emergency-management/get-prepared

                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

August 24, 2017 
1:30 PM
Tropical Weather Update and Advisory #2

Baytown is now under a Tropical Storm Warning as Hurricane Harvey continues to strengthen in the Gulf. It is currently predicted that Harvey will make landfall near Port Mansfield as a Category 3 hurricane; however, if this stays consistent, Baytown will be on the east or “dirty” side of the storm.

The primary threat associated with this storm will be rain and possibly flash flooding, though tornadoes and gusting winds are a possibility beginning Friday evening. Rain, wind and high tide (in tidal waterways) will most likely start Thursday afternoon/evening into Friday morning and is expected to stick around all weekend and into Monday. Sustained Tropical Storm force winds are expected in Galveston Bay beginning late Friday afternoon. Forecast and storm models are subject to change.

In advance of the storm, all city departments are making appropriate plans for flooding conditions. City crews are pre-stationing street barricades in low-lying areas and increasing on-duty and on-call personnel.  The Emergency Management Office is monitoring the situation as it progresses. 

There are no plans to order an evacuation of Baytown at this time. Also, the City of Baytown will not open shelters prior to a storm.

A list of storm related closures will be posted on the City’s website.

Currently, the primary concerns are:

Rainfall:  15”, up to 20” possible in isolated areas
Wind:  30-35 mph beginning 8pm Friday night
Tides:  4’ expected
Surge: 2-4’ possible

Onset:  Thursday elevated tides, Friday afternoon heavy wind and rain.


We encourage everyone to stay tuned and take the proper precautions to prepare your homes and your families, especially if you live in low-lying areas and areas prone to flooding.

Now is the time to make sure you have an emergency plan and supplies in place. 
Frequently check the city’s website at baytown.org, Facebook page (City of Baytown – Government), or Twitter feed for updates.

• Make a plan and include all emergency contact information in your plan.
• Ensure you have a 3 to 5-day supply of food and water.
• Have enough medications and refills to last you throughout the weekend.
• Consider your pets and make sure you have food for them too.
• Flash lights, batteries and a tool kit may come in handy.
• Have all your toiletries and a first aid kit readily available.
• Secure patio furniture and/or remove objects that may be impacted by high winds and heavy rain.
• Secure boats if docked on the water.

For more information on how to be “Baytown Ready” visit http://www.baytown.org/city-hall/departments/fire/emergency-management/get-prepared


You can check out the latest updates on Harvey by visiting nhc.noaa.gov/#Harvey.  We will continue to monitor the storm and will send updates as they become available.   

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                   

August 23, 2017 
4:00 PM
Tropical Weather Update and Advisory


Baytown is now under a Tropical Storm Watch as Tropical Depression Harvey continues to strengthen in the Gulf. It is still very uncertain where exactly along the Texas coast Harvey will make landfall, however, at this time, current models predict that Baytown will be on the east side of the storm.

The primary threat associated with this storm will be rain and possibly flash flooding. The City of Baytown will barricade and close streets that become impassable during the storm.  Rain, wind and high tide (in tidal waterways) will most likely start Thursday afternoon/evening into Friday morning and is expected to stick around all weekend and into Monday. The forecast and storm models are subject to change.

Now is the time to make sure you have an emergency plan and supplies in place. 
Frequently check the city’s website at baytown.org, Facebook page (City of Baytown – Government), or Twitter feed for updates.

• Make a plan and include all emergency contact information in your plan. (Use the form in this document)
• Ensure you have a 3 to 5-day supply of food and water.
• Have enough medications and refills to last you throughout the weekend.
• Consider your pets and make sure you have food for them too.
• Flash lights, batteries and a tool kit may come in handy.
• Have all your toiletries and a first aid kit readily available.
• Secure patio furniture and/or remove objects that may be impacted by high winds and heavy rain.
• Secure boats if docked on the water.

For more information on how to be “Baytown Ready” visit http://www.baytown.org/city-hall/departments/fire/emergency-management/get-prepared


You can check out the latest updates on Harvey by visiting nhc.noaa.gov/#Harvey.  We will continue to monitor the storm and will send updates as they become available.   


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