The City of Galveston was fortunately spared the destruction of Hurricane Laura and will welcome residents back today.
The City did not sustain wind or storm damage, and water is receding in the low-lying areas that experienced street flooding. As of this morning, CenterPoint was not reporting any power outages in Galveston.
The City has lifted the mandatory evacuation and residents who left the island may safely return today. The City is working with the state on the safe return of residents who evacuated on buses. The curfew order has been lifted, and there will not be a curfew in the city tonight.
As a local government, we are returning to our normal operations. Sanitation is mobilizing and will collect Wednesday’s route on Friday. Thursday’s route will be collected Saturday. The airport has reopened and is resuming normal services.
The Galveston City Council will meet briefly today at 1:15 p.m. for a storm update via video conference, which will be streamed on Channel 16, galvestontx.gov/GTV, and Facebook @CityofGalveston.
While we feel thankful and lucky this morning, our thoughts are with our neighbors along the upper Texas Coast and Louisiana. The City is reaching out to our various partners to see how we may be able to provide help to those affected by Hurricane Laura.