City of Victoria updates Hurricane Harvey recovery
Hurricane Harvey Update #24
August 28, 2017
Victoria County is no longer under a Tropical Storm Warning and the flood threat is slowly decreasing. An additional 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches of rainfall due to Harvey is possible through Tuesday.
The Guadalupe River in Victoria is expected to crest at 30.9 feet Wednesday evening.
The Guadalupe River at Bloomington is expected to crest on Friday at 29.5 feet.
Sunshine returns to the forecast for Thursday!
Water service has been restored 100%, but a boil notice remains in effect. Residents should plan for the boil notice to remain in place for up to a week. The Public Works Department continues to ask residents to conserve water.
WATER, ICE DISTRIBUTION
The distribution centers at the Victoria Community Center and Victoria East High School will be back in service tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m. Water and ice will be available as long as supplies last.
Progress is being made to restore electrical service across the area. AEP and Victoria Electric Co-op are still hard at work.
As power is restored to intersections, traffic lights are being placed on all way red flash. A limited number of stop signs are being placed at intersections. Regardless of whether there are lights or signs, or the intersection remains open, motorists are reminded to treat each intersection as a four-way stop.
As more stores have power restored, gasoline supplies will begin to ease. However, motorists should be mindful that statewide gasoline supplies have been interrupted by major refineries being out of service periodically in Corpus Christi and Houston.
Residents will be able to take HOUSEHOLD TRASH ONLY to one of two drop stations beginning tomorrow. Drop off locations are at Solid Waste Department offices at 1701 SW Ben Jordan or the DelNorte Complex at 8505 N. Navarro Tuesday 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 trash bags when taken to the drop off locations.
The 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew remains in effect nightly until further notice.
REPAIR WORK, GETTING BACK IN BUSINESS
All contactors working in our community must have a valid contractor’s license with the City of Victoria to perform ANY work within the city, including emergency repairs. Contractors wishing to apply for a license should contact the Development Center/Permit Office. The Permit Office will be open Tuesday morning at 7 am and is located at 702 N. Main. Please enter through the middle set of doors off the main parking lot to enter the building.
RETAIL FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS
Restaurants planning to reopen during the water boil notice time must comply with a series of guidelines provided by the Department of State Health Services. The Victoria County Public Health Department advises it is possible to reopen, but there will be some steps owners will need to take.
The Department of State Health Services has a publication that provides the regulations for restaurants athttp://www.dshs.texas.gov/foodestablishments/guidance.aspx. Information is also available by calling the Environmental Division of the Victoria County Public Health Department at 361-578-6281 or the Department of State Health Services at 512-834-6753.