Office of Emergency Management Update
POWER RECOVERY CONTINUES
AEP Texas and Victoria Electric Coop are working to fully restore power to residents. Businesses are re-opening as power is restored. Business owners are welcome to post information as they re-open on the “Victoria Back in Business” Facebook page.
As power is restored to traffic lights, motorists are reminded to treat every intersection, whether or not there is power, as a full-way stop.
AEP reports about 13,400 customers remain without power in Victoria County this morning. Restoration is expected to 95% of the customers by Saturday night. Victoria Electric Co-op anticipates most areas of Victoria County will have power restored over the weekend but some areas will not come back on line until next week. For restoration information, visit the VEC Facebook page.
Water service continues uninterrupted. The boil notice remains in effect.
TRASH SERVICE TO RESUME
Regular collection of household trash only resumes Monday. No brush, construction debris, yard waste or recycling will be collected on the regular routes.
Residents who have more household trash than will fit in their container may use the yellow and green recycling cart for excess trash. Plastic bags and other garbage cans may be used for excess trash. All trash carts must be at least five feet away from the nearest object, including parked vehicles and piled limbs. Do not place trash or brush on top of water or gas meters.
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 (Enter on Bingham) remain open through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for household trash only. Construction and storm debris will not be accepted. Trash should be in plastic bags when taken to the drop off locations. Residents should NOT leave trash at the gates when the centers are closed.
Commercial pick up service has resumed.
Brush collection (tree limbs and other yard waste only) begins across the city Friday morning. Residents should stack limbs and brush neatly in an accessible area but not so close to the street that the stack could fall out into the street or impede drainage. Do not park vehicles in front of stacks.
Brush collection will be a lengthy process as crews pick up large amounts of tree limbs and other yard debris. Bagged yard waste may be stacked on the limb pile or can be collected at a later time. Fencing materials or other storm debris is not being picked up at this time.
The landfill and compost site is open from 7 am to 5 pm. The regular fee schedule for the landfill and compost site applies. All loads must be secure and covered.
The Guadalupe River is at crest, topping at 31.25 feet overnight. The river levels will continue in the range of 31 feet for the rest of the day and then begin a very slow fall. The river is expected to stay in flood stage well into next week.
At Bloomington, the river at 7 a.m. was at 28.53 feet with an expected crest of 30 feet tomorrow afternoon.
WATER AND ICE DISTRIBUTION
The distribution center for water and ice at the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North, will be open from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Meals will also be available for distribution.
DONATE TO THE VICTORIA DISASTER RELIEF FUND
A GoFundMe page authorized by the City of Victoria and Victoria County has been established. Funds raised will support the unmet needs of residents 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 needs of residents who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Victoria County United Way is also accepting donations designated to member agencies for disaster services. Text “Victoria” to 313-131 for the link.
CURFEW, EVACUATION ORDERS
The 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew remains in effect every night until further notice.
The Mandatory Evacuation Order for areas expected to experience river and stream flooding is still in effect.
FEMA APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE
Residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey can apply for FEMA assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via a mobile app. A toll-free number is also available: 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.
Residents who have registered for FEMA assistance may be visited by a FEMA representative. These agents carry official credentials and will make contact prior to their arrival.
To report suspicious activity or individuals you believe are impersonating ICE/FEMA officials, call 866-347-2423 immediately.
FEMA provides the following steps to protect yourself from scam artists who may pose as government officials, aid workers, charitable organizations, or insurance company employees:
Ask for identification and don’t be afraid to hang up on cold callers. Contact government agencies using information posted on their websites or in other official sources. Don’t sign anything you don’t understand or contracts with blank spaces.
The Harvey Information Hotline continues in operation daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 361-580-5796.
To volunteer or make donations to assist victims of Harvey, please call 361-580-5790.
MAIL SERVICE Carrier mail delivery has resumed. Access is available to post office boxes at James Moody Post Office, 2804 Sam Houston. PO Box delivery at the Post Office location at 312 S. Main remains suspended.