Harvey Update for Victoria
VICTORIA- This is the final update from the Office of Emergency Management of Victoria. Several residents report being without power. Traffic has picked up to normal. KAVU will continue monitoring recovery in Victoria and surrounding areas. A number of groups are helping with basic needs.
MOSQUITO SPRAYING BEGINS TONIGHT
Spraying for mosquitoes in the City begins this evening around 8 p.m. Spraying is done in the evening and early morning hours. If you are outside when the fogging truck approaches, go inside until the truck passes and the fog subsides. Residents can help with mosquito control by emptying storm debris and other things such as old tires, bird baths, potted plants and clogged rain gutters that may be holding water that creates a prime breeding place for the pests. Mowing tall grass reduces places for breeding and swarming of mosquitoes, as well.
Effective tonight, the curfew is midnight to six a.m. every night until further notice .
Motorists should still use extreme caution in approaching intersections and be prepared for significant traffic delays along thoroughfares. Some lights are operating on full-cycle, but most intersections remain on all way stop.
The boil notice remains in effect. For details on the boil notice, please refer to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality notice at http://www.victoriatx.org/Home/Components/News/News/1928/18 .
WATER AND ICE DISTRIBUTION
Free water, ice and Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) will be distributed at the Community Center, 2905 E. North from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers are needed daily to assist in the distribution. Volunteers are asked to arrive at either 11:30 or 2:30 to assist in the distribution.
By Saturday night at 10 p.m., AEP estimates 95% of their customers in Victoria County will have electrical service restored. Isolated cases may remain without power, and those situations are handled on a case-by-case basis. Victoria Electric Co-op estimates that 65% of their customers in Victoria have electric service. More crews are arriving daily to reach some of the outlying areas.
TRASH, BRUSH SERVICE
Brush pick up services began this morning across the city. Due to the extremely high volume of storm damaged trees, it may take 4 to 5 weeks to make the first complete pass of the city. Another pass will be made after that initial pick up. This pick up is for limbs and brush only. At a later time, other storm debris will be collected.
Residents are reminded not to stack limbs and brush on top of the water meters and near gas meters. Do not park vehicles in front of the stacks. Do not leave stacks in places where they could fall over into the street. Do not stack limbs in alley ways. Limbs are being picked up along streets.
The regular schedule for household trash collection resumes on Monday. Residents who have more household trash than will fit in the gray collection bin, may use the green and yellow recycling bin for overflow or may place it in plastic bags for collection.
Residents who live outside the city limits may check the Victoria County website for a schedule of limb pick up services. www.victoriacountytx.org
Includes a list of departments, maps, and contact information.
For City and County residents, a limb drop-off center will open Saturday at Aloe Field just to the west of Bob White Road and Highway 77 (Loop463). This center will be open for dropping off. Residents can take limbs and brush to the Regional Compost Center at 18125 FM 1686; normal fees apply .
DEVELOPMENT CENTER EXTENDS HOURS; WAIVES CERTAIN FEES
The Development Center is open Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday (Labor Day). Fees will be waived on permits for repair and reconstruction for damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. More info: 361-485-3320.
WANT TO HELP?
Official GoFundMe page to support the unmet needs of residents who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.These funds will be used to support the un-met needs of residents who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. These funds will be used to support the un-met needs of residents who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. These funds will be used to support the un-met needs of residents who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. https://www.gofundme.com/victoria-tx-disaster-relief-fund
In August of 2017, Victoria Texas was devastated by Category 4-rated Hurricane Harvey and the massive flood that resulted. These funds will be used to support the un-met needs of residents who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
The Guadalupe River was at 30.37 feet at 4:15 Friday afternoon. The river levels are expected to fall below 29 feet Saturday morning. The river will drop below flood stage at mid-week.
At Bloomington, the river crested at just over 29 feet. This afternoon, the level was at 28.18 feet. The river will drop below 27 feet Saturday evening.
With the exception of the roadways that remain covered due to Guadalupe River flooding, all other roads in the county have re-opened.
Development Services, City of Victoria, for permits and contractors 361-485-3320
FEMA, www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or call 1-800-621-3362
To find help for your immediate needs, please enter an address to get a list of the closest FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), starting with the closest three.
HURRICANE HARVEY HOTLINE
The Hurricane Harvey Information Hotline will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 361-580-5796.