City of Victoria Hurricane Harvey latest update
Hurricane Harvey Update 23
8/28/2017 – 4:30PM
Until further notice, a curfew will be in effect beginning at 10 PM at night and ending at 6 AM the next day.
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 repair or install the meters.
Repairs to traffic lights are underway, but as almost every traffic light in the city has been damaged in some way, this will be a lengthy process. As power is restored at intersections, the lights are being set for all way red flash. Motorists should come to a complete stop and check for oncoming traffic before proceeding with care through the intersection.
Be prepared for detours as crews work to replace power poles, flood waters cross roads and debris clearing crews are present. Never drive around a barricade. And by all means, do not drive across roads with water flowing across them. Turn around, don’t drown.
Water service is nearing a return to normal levels. 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.Report water leaks immediately to the Public Works hotline at 361-485-3381.
For statewide road closures, visit www.DriveTexas.org.
Citizens Medical Center and DeTar Hospital Navarro remain open for treatment of life-threatening emergencies only. The free-standing emergency services center, Victoria ER on Navarro is open.
GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND SERVICES
Offices of the City of Victoria and Victoria County are closed until Wednesday morning.
The juvenile docket for Municipal Court for Wednesday has been cancelled. New notices to appear will be sent at a later date.
All Victoria County probationers who had been scheduled to report from August 28 to September 1 are instructed not to report until Tuesday, September 5.
WEATHER AND FLOOD UPDATE
The Guadalupe River in Victoria is expected to crest at 31.5 feet Wednesday night, but remain above 29.5 feet at least into the weekend. This morning, the Guadalupe River in Victoria was at 28.53 feet, up by almost a foot from the 10 p.m. reading.
The Guadalupe River at Bloomington is expected to crest at 30.3 Friday with a sustained crest into the weekend.
Garcitas Creek near Inez will remain at a crest of 23.5 feet Wednesday evening, but remain in flood stage for several more days.
Rain is expected to continue to fall in Victoria through the rest of the week. The greatest chance for rain is over the next 48 hours with another 2 to 4 inches likely. Wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph are still possible in our area for the next 48 hours. Rainfall amounts from Hurricane Harvey totaled 15-20 inches in some areas of Victoria County. Because of storm movements, the rainfall that had been anticipated in the Crossroads moved off toward Southeast Texas, where catastrophic rainfall totals are being reported and a second landfall of Harvey is anticipated Wednesday evening.
For other information, please call the Harvey Information hotline at 361-580-5796. To volunteer to help with flood relief and disaster response, call 361-580-5790.