City of Victoria Hurricane Harvey aftermath update

Hurricane Harvey Update 22

8/28/2017 – 10AM

A lot of groups and organizations are hard at work on recovery efforts for Victoria. Thank you for all the compliments about that hard work and thanks for your patience as we recover from horrible Harvey. Here are the latest developments.

WATER SERVICE

Water service is being restored across the City this morning. The boil notice remains in effect until further notice. Any water to be consumed (drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, etc.) must be brought to a rolling boil for two minutes. Please conserve as much water as possible so our towers can refill.

WATER LEAKS

Water is extra-precious right now. Report water leaks immediately to the Public Works hotline at 361-485-3381.

WATER AND ICE DISTRIBUTION

The ice and water distribution centers will be open again today from noon to 6 at the Victoria Community Center and at Victoria East High School.

ELECTRICAL SERVICE

Electrical service is being restored across the community. AEP is projecting that at least 95% of customers in Victoria will be restored by Saturday night (September 2). Victoria County Electric Co-op estimates full power restoration to all customers within the next two weeks.

Residents who have damage to their electric meters should contact an electrician for repairs. Electric service providers do not service the meters.

DEBRIS CLEAN UP AND TRASH SERVICE

City of Victoria Solid Waste household trash, yard waste and recycling pick up services are suspended temporarily as the crews focus on clearing roadway debris. The landfill will be closed Monday. Also, Waste Management is not picking up commercial accounts today.

In Victoria County, Road and Bridge crews have been working to clear debris from roadways, but flooding across low-lying areas is hampering this effort. Motorists should be prepared for detours.

As yard debris clean up begins, residents are reminded that tree limbs may be cut in lengths up to eight feet. Debris should be stacked neatly and far enough away from the edge of the roadway to prevent it from falling into the streets or ditches. Curbs and ditches should be cleared from debris to prevent blocking drainage.

The city and county contract with a service, AshBritt, to help with debris moving and removal. Residents are asked not to distract the clean-up crews with questions so they can concentrate on the safe removal of debris.

TRAFFIC SITUATIONS

Almost every traffic light in Victoria was damaged by Harvey. As power is restored, more traffic lights will begin to flash. All intersections with traffic lights will be set to “all red” until further notice. Motorists should treat “all red” intersections as a four-way stop.

Never drive around a barricade. The barricades may be blocking traffic for flood waters, downed poles and power lines or other hazards.

Do not drive across flowing creeks or rivers. Turn around, don’t drown.

For statewide road closures, visit www.DriveTexas.org.

HEALTH SERVICES

Citizens Medical Center and DeTar Hospital Navarro remain open for treatment of life-threatening emergencies only.

WEATHER AND FLOOD UPDATE

The Guadalupe River in Victoria is expected to crest at 31.9 feet Wednesday, but remain above 29.5 feet at least into the weekend.

The Guadalupe River at Bloomington is expected to crest at 30.3 with a sustained crest into the weekend.

Coleto Creek at Highway 59 is expected to crest at 26.5 feet on Wednesday

Garcitas Creek near Inez will remain at a crest of 25.4 feet through midweek.

Rain is expected to continue to fall in Victoria through the rest of the week.

For other information, please call the Harvey Information hotline at 361-580-5796.

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