8/26 2 p.m. Update from League City Emergency Operations Center
UPDATE 8/25 2 p.m.
League City Mayor Issues Voluntary Evacuation Order: League City Mayor Pat Hallisey has issued a local state of disaster and a voluntary evacuation order for all of League City. Residents in low lying areas including those along Clear Lake, Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou, along with residents with medical needs and who use devices that require electricity, are strongly encouraged to consider evacuating.
City Buildings and Facilities to Close Until Monday, August 31: League City is closing all City facilities at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25 and they will remain closed until Monday, August 31. This includes City Hall, the City Hall Annex, the Municipal Courts Building, the Hometown Heroes Recreation Center, the Helen Hall Library, and all City parks. Public works and public safety crews will continue to operate. League City staff will man the City’s 311 line (281-554-1488) for calls on Wednesday, August 26 until noon only and will resume taking calls once the storm passes.
Trash Pickup: Ameriwaste will collect trash on Wednesday, August 26 for those who have a Wednesday pickup. NO yard waste or heavy trash will be picked up. Ameriwaste will NOT pick up trash on Thursday, August 27 and Friday is yet to be determined.
Emergency Response Services and 911 : All residents need to be aware that emergency response services could be limited during the height of the storm. Storm surge, strong winds, and power outages are expected during the storm. During and following the storm, residents are encouraged to dial 9-1-1 ONLY for in-progress emergencies for police, fire or medical assistance. It’s important not to overload League City’s emergency call center with non-emergency calls, especially during a storm. Non-emergency calls can delay citizens with real life-threatening emergencies getting the response they need. Do not contact 9-1-1 to check on the status of the weather, flooded roads, power outages or other nonemergency inquiries.
Stay informed: It is best to stay informed by visiting the City’s website at www.leaguecity.com or the City’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/leaguecitytexas
Power Outages: To report a power outage, call Texas New Mexico Power at 888-866-7456.
UPDATE 8/25 1 p.m.
League City is closing all City facilities at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25 and the facilities will remain closed through Monday, August 31. This includes City Hall, the City Hall Annex, the Municipal Courts Building, the Hometown Heroes Recreation Center, the Helen Hall Library, and all City parks. Public works and public safety crews will continue to operate.
League City staff will man the City’s 311 line for calls on Wednesday, August 26 until noon only and will resume taking calls once the storm passes.
Ameriwaste will collect trash on Wednesday, August 26 for those who have a Wednesday pickup. NO yard waste or heavy trash will be picked up. Ameriwaste will NOT pick up trash on Thursday, August 27 and Friday is yet to be determined.
UPDATE 8/25 7 A.M.
The National Hurricane Center upgraded Laura to a hurricane Tuesday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Where the storm lands is yet to be seen, but the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center shows a westward shift in the storm’s track that includes more of the Texas coastline. Laura is currently in the Gulf of Mexico and should rapidly intensify in the next 36 hours. The latest track has her making landfall as a category three hurricane Wednesday night,
The storm is NOT expected to be a major rain event like Hurricane Harvey but it will likely produce storm surge in our area along Galveston Bay, which will also will impact Clear Creek. There is also the possibility of flash flooding and street flooding. High winds could cause power outages. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a state disaster declaration for several coastal counties, including Galveston and Harris County. Galveston County Judge Mark Henry has signed a Disaster Declaration in response to possible impacts from Laura.
Today is the last day to prepare for this storm and the City of League City is encouraging all residents to:
- Fill your gas tanks.
- Sign up to receive League City emergency alerts at leaguecity.com/swiftreach or text "Swift911" to 99538
- Stock your emergency kits.
- Ensure you have a 3 to 5-day supply of food and water.
- Have enough medications and refills to last you throughout the week and weekend.
- Put all important documents together in a waterproof container.
- Secure loose outdoor items such as lawn furniture and other objects.
- Remove yard debris and dead branches from trees, especially near overhead power lines. DO NOT PLACE ON THE CURB FOR HEAVY TRASH. Instead, store inside your garage or other safe area.
If you rely on electricity for medical devices and would be in danger if the power was out for several days, consider a voluntary evacuation. The danger from Hurricane Laura will be storm surge, winds, and the possibility of power outages
Please be sure to monitor Tropical Storm Laura by checking for updates at these reliable sources.