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Posted on: August 25, 2017

HARVEY: Friday (August 25th) Update

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Galveston, TX – August 25, 2017 – Due to high-water on numerous roadways throughout the City, Island Transit has halted operations until further notice. This includes all transit operations (including the League City Park & Ride) as well as trolley operations.

Assistant City Manager over Transit Operations, Rick Beverlin, will continue to monitor roadway conditions and will announce when we will be resuming services through the City’s multiple media channels.

Other reminders and new developments from previous releases:

  • Galveston & Jamaica Beach have issued a voluntary evacuation for west end residents.
  • We have suggested that those who live in low lying areas understand that they may have periods of inaccessibility by emergency responders, power outages, and city service interruptions if they stay.
  • All non-essential City employees were sent home today at noon.
  • All City facilities will be closed until Wednesday.
  • The Lasker Park Community Pool will be closed until Wednesday.
  • We held a press conference today and heard from numerous governmental entities on the Island about interruptions to services that affect the community. The video can be found online at http://galvestontx.swagit.com/play/08252017-632.

All information is being updated regularly in the following places:

  • www.galvestontx.gov under “Community News”
  • The City’s municipal channel at www.galvestontx.gov/gtv, Channel 16 on Comcast Cable, Channel 99 on At&T’s Uverse
  • The City’s social media channels on Facebook & Twitter

Residents can visit www.galvestontx.gov to find out the latest information regarding this system and it’s impacts to city services.


ANTICIPATING IMPACTS TO THE ISLAND

  • We are currently under a storm surge watch as well as a tropical storm warning issued by the National Hurricane Center.
  • We anticipate tropical storm force winds that may be 30-40mph sustained and 40-50mph gusts if the storm remains on its current track with the peak of the winds Friday evening and Saturday morning.
  • We anticipate 72+ hours of rain and high tides which could lead to numerous impassable roads across the island limiting city service and accessibility to homes. Storm surge will begin Friday evening putting the tides potentially above 4' through the beginning of next week.
  • In the latest models Galveston is still forecasted to see greater than 15” of rain with this system.
  • There is a significant threat of tornadoes and tropical cyclones (water spouts).
  • Strong rip currents beginning Friday morning. Swimmers are asked to avoid swimming beyond the areas protected by the Seawall, avoid swimming near the rocks, and to swim near lifeguard stands.


CITY PREPARATIONS

  • All city generators and fleet vehicles are serviced and fueled. Fleet has been moved out of low-lying areas.
  • Galveston Marine Response is preparing their high-water rescue vehicles for use in the event that they are needed.
  • The Galveston Beach Patrol has moved the lifeguard towers off the beach.
  • The Public Works Department is preparing vehicles that can traverse high water in the event they are needed.
  • We have pre-staged barricades at designated low-water areas throughout the City.
  • We have begun cleaning debris out of the storm drain systems in advance of the rain and will continue this effort throughout the weekend to keep the storm drains clear.


WHAT RESIDENTS CAN TO PREPARE FOR THE HEAVY RAINS

  • Residents can make sure that their homes are prepared for heavy rainfall and possible flooding by doing the following:
  • If you have drains in front of your home ensure they are clear
  • Have current photos of all of your valuables that would be covered under insurance
  • If you have gutters, ensure that they are clean
  • Ensure you have all of your insurance policy information readily available
  • We encourage all residents to avoid driving through flood waters, as a reminder it is illegal to push a wake with your vehicle when driving on flooded roadways
  • This not only protects your safety, but protects the property owners who might be impacted by water being pushed into their home or businesses
  • Due to strong rip currents, swimmers are being asked to avoid swimming beyond the areas protected by the Seawall, avoid swimming near the rocks, and to swim near lifeguard stands.


BE PREPARED

  • Having a plan, making a kit and staying connected are your best resource when forecasts change from hour to hour. Galveston residents can download the 2017 Hurricane Preparedness Guide on our website at www.galvestontx.gov/stormready. The publication includes checklists and reminders that will walk them through the emergency planning process, as well as what supplies they should have on hand. The Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the system.
  • The Galveston Office of Emergency Management will use the City’s “One Call Reaches All” emergency notification system if necessary during the event. Please ensure that your family, friends, and neighbors are signed up with current information in our system by logging on online at www.galvestontx.gov/onecall.


FOR OUR VISITORS:

EVENTS THAT HAVE CANCELLED:

  • ArtWalk has been cancelled on Saturday night.
  • "Dixie's Tupperware Party" at The Grand 1894 Opera House has been cancelled on Saturday night.
  • Sunday night “Stay and Play” fireworks have been cancelled.

ATTRACTIONS THAT HAVE ANNOUNCED CLOSINGS:

  • Galveston Historical Foundation is closing all attractions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This includes 1892 Bishop's Palace, 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, Eighteen Seventy One, Pier 21 Theater, the Architectural Salvage Warehouse, and the Texas Seaport Museum. For any questions please call 409-765-7834.
  • Seawolf Park, East Beach, Stewart Beach and Beach Pocket Parks will be closed as of 5pm Thursday through Tuesday.


STAY CONNECTED

Stay connected to the City through www.galvestontx.gov and the City’s social media channels on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

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