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Posted on: September 20, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Impact of City's Post-Harvey Efforts Seen During Latest WX Event

Drainage maintenance

The National Weather Service in League City has released the 60 hour estimated rainfall totals from the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda in our area. The data, complied from 7 a.m. Tuesday through 7 p.m. Thursday, shows that areas of League City received between 8-11" of rain.

imelda storm total rainfall

Because of efforts made in the two years since Hurricane Harvey, League City was better prepared to handle the rainfall during this recent severe weather event. Since Harvey, the City’s Public Works Department has dedicated countless hours to the clearing and grading of ditches and outfalls throughout the City, both of which are important parts of League City’s drainage system. Staff members were able to see the direct results of these efforts during the storm event this week.

City crews worked in shifts, starting before the storm even hit the area, to ensure 24 hour monitoring and addressing of stormwater concerns citywide. When areas were found to have high water, most often the problem was due to debris that had built up and blocked inlets or culverts. Once the debris was removed, the water would drain very quickly and flow as designed. 

Throughout this week’s weather event, the City’s Water Production Department also staffed and monitored various booster pump stations around the clock to ensure all operational components, generator parameters, and fuel levels were fully functioning. Lighting strikes during a storm can critically damage these components, and if a problem is not corrected in time, it can cause the station’s water pressure/level to drop and ultimately cause a disruption in City water service.  Making sure these instruments are functioning properly during storm events is vital to providing customers continuous water service without interruption. 

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