City of Victoria Hurricane Harvey aftermath update

FEMA ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened a registration process for people who have been significant impacted by Hurricane Harvey and have no other available resources available to help in their recovery. The registration process begins at www.fema.gov. A FEMA app is also available for download. Applicants should make certain they keep their registration number. This is critical in processing the application for assistance.

WATER AND ICE

Water and ice will be available at the distribution center tomorrow at the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North Street. The hours for the distribution will be announced tomorrow morning.

WASTE DROP OFF LOCATIONS CONTINUE; COMPOST SITE TO OPEN WEDNESDAY

The temporary courtesy HOUSEHOLD WASTE drop off sites at Solid Waste Department offices at 1701 SW Ben Jordan and the Del Norte Complex at 8505 N. Navarro will be open Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is for household trash only. Construction and storm debris will not be accepted. Trash should be in plastic bags when taken to the drop off location.

The trash is being placed in garbage trucks and removed from the drop off locations at the end of the day. Trash is not being left on site overnight. Residents should NOT leave trash at the gates when the centers are closed.

Residents who do not want to wait for city crews to pick up yard debris from Hurricane Harvey may take limbs to the Compost site located next to the landfill at 18125 FM 1686 beginning Wednesday. The compost site will open for limb and brush drop off from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Loads must be secured and covered. There is a fee based on the size of load.

Curbside pick-up of household waste is suspended at this time to allow crews to work on debris abatement. Notice will be provided when that service will begin.

As the damage assessment continues, the Solid Waste Department, schedules for pick up will be announced. City residential pick up of the yard debris will be done as quickly as possible after the priority tasks of clearing roadways and critical access points has been accomplished.

BOIL NOTICE

The boil water notice is still in effect for any tap water that will be consumed. Water that will be used for drinking, cooking, and brushing teeth should be boiled for two minutes.

SAFE AND WELL

The Red Cross has opened a website to allow family members to check the safety of other members who have evacuated to Austin. The site, safeandwell.communityos.org, allows evacuees and their loved ones in other locations to make contact with each other. The site registrations are confidential and accessible only for those registered with the service. People impacted by the storm can register as “Safe and Well” and family and friends can search the list of those who have registered themselves as “Safe and Well.”

CURFEW, EVACUATION ORDERS

The 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew remains in effect until further notice.

The Mandatory Evacuation Order that had been issued for the City of Victoria and Victoria County has been lifted with the exception of areas that are expected to experience river and stream flooding.

CITY SCHEDULES

The Victoria Public Library is closed until further notice.

The Development Services Permits and Inspections Department will be open Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to issue contractor licenses and permits for hurricane damage repairs.

Businesses and individuals in need of Itinerant Vendor Permits should go to the City Development Center/Permits Office at 702 N. Main beginning Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A representative of the City Secretary’s Office will be available to issue permits for vendors. (Itinerant vendors include anyone who solicits business on a door-to-door basis. This includes tree-trimmers, debris services and such.)

For information about permits and contractor licenses, please call 361-485-3320.

With the exception of the Library, all other city offices will reopen Wednesday for regular hours.

County offices will be closed until Sept. 5.

AIRPORT

The Victoria Regional Airport resumes regular commercial air traffic tomorrow morning.

RIVER FLOOD UPDATE

The Guadalupe River is almost at the level of a Major Flood event. The river at 3 p.m. was at 29.44 feet, inches below the 29.5 foot level that constitutes a major flood. The crest is anticipated at 31.2 feet Wednesday morning.

The River at Bloomington is in Major Flood stage with a 3 p.m. reading of 27.18 feet. A crest of 29.6 feet is predicted overnight Thursday.

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