Rebuild Begins in Montgomery County after Imelda

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                        September 21, 2019 – 10:00 AM                                                    Rebuild Begins in Montgomery County after Imelda Status Update from the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management  Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is still assessing damages across the county. At this time, we are not able to guarantee that Montgomery County will be able to pick up your debris. However, in the event that we are able to assist with this,  separating your debris properly will ensure, safe, fast and effective removal. In the meantime, the first steps you need to take are:   If your home has suffered damage, call your insurance agent to file a claim. Check for structural damage before re-entering your home to avoid being trapped in a building collapse. Take photos of any floodwater in your home and save any damaged personal property. Make a list of damaged or lost items and include their purchase date and value with receipts, and place with the inventory you took prior to the flood. Some damaged items may require disposal, so keep photographs of these items. Save all receipts from purchases made in your recovery efforts.   Things to remember when cleaning up debris:   Wear proper personal protective equipment (gloves, goggles, boots) When cleaning flooded areas wash hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer Throw away items that cannot be easily disinfected Discard any food that has been exposed to flood water Seek immediate attention if you become ill or injured   What to do with debris when cleaning up your flooded home:     Residents should separate items into 6 different piles in the county right-of-way, do not bag debris. Normal household trash – to be picked up by your service provider. Any normal household trash may be bagged or put out in the restrictions per your trash pickup. Vegetative debris Construction/demolition debris White goods (refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, unit air conditioners, washing machines, clothes dryers, and other similar domestic and commercial large appliances) E-waste (electronics) Household hazardous waste Residents should not place debris directly under power lines.   Residents should make sure debris piles are easily accessible and are not next to or leaning against trees, meters, mailboxes, water hydrants or anything else that could be damaged during the collection process.   Residents should not allow debris to block drainage ditch.   Residents should keep vehicles clear of debris.   In the last 4 years, we have become no stranger to these type of disasters. As always, Montgomery County will persevere and we are going to come out of this one even stronger than before. Every disaster we survive together only brings us closer, and sharpens us for the next     ANY MEDIA REQUESTS FOR COMMENT SHOULD CONTACT MEGHAN BALLARD AT 936-523-3904 ###


Tropical Storm Imelda to hit Montgomery County

Tropical Storm Imelda to hit Montgomery County Status Update from the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management   Tropical Depression 11 becomes Tropical Storm Imelda along the Brazoria coast near Freeport.  This system will track slowly north-northwest over the next couple days, moving inland later today.       Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect from Sargent to Port Bolivar in case the system strengthens some today. This will include the following coastal zones: coastal Brazoria county, coastal Galveston county (including Galveston island and Bolivar Peninsula), southeast Harris county. This creates no real changes to forecast weather or impacts, this system will likely stay at Tropical Depression status for a few hours. Rainfall forecasts for Montgomery County predict between 4 and 6 inches over the next 2 days with isolated amounts of 8-10 possible.  Our rivers and streams will bear close watching over the next few days as we monitor rainfall totals and exact locations of training of systems.     The Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will be holding a press conference at 4:00PM CST on September 17, if you would like more information please contact our PIO Meghan Ballard at 936-523-3904.   The Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will continue to monitor the upcoming weather conditions, and provide updates as conditions change.   ###  


Update on Heavy Rainfall Threat to Montgomery County

Update on Heavy Rainfall Threat to Montgomery County Status Update from the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management   Showers and thunderstorms will gradually move inland today and areas near the coast could receive periods of heavy rain.  A Flash Flood Watch is in effect starting at 1 PM this afternoon for areas along and south of a Wharton to Houston to Cleveland line. Montgomery County will begin to see heavy rain on Wednesday that will carry into Thursday. As tropical moisture is pulled into our area, the county could see anywhere from 4-6 inches of rain over the next few days.       Due to current dry conditions, river flooding is a minimal risk at this time. Heavy downpours and high rain rates could lead to street and small stream flooding. It is important to remember these 3 simple steps for Flash Flood Safety:       The Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will continue to monitor the upcoming weather conditions, and provide updates as conditions change. ###