Hurricane Harvey Update 09-04 / 2:00 p.m.Hurricane Harvey Update 09-04 / 2:00 p.m.

Hurricane Harvey Update 09-04 / 2:00 p.m.

Monday, September 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM:

After evaluation of City Hall and the scope of work that has to be done after the flooding during Hurricane Harvey, it has been decided that City Hall will be open to the public but only for utility billing and park rentals. The public will only be able to enter City Hall from the doors facing Avenue D. Our JACK payment system is NOT operational – all customers will have to come inside to pay their water bill. City Hall’s hours of operation will be from 8 AM to 5 PM. For utility billing questions, call 281-391-4801.

The permit department will be open but will be working out of the Municipal Court building located at 5432 Franz Road, Katy, TX 77493. When you enter the court building, courts will be to the right, permits will be to the left. Please note the signage at both City Hall and Municipal Court to help guide you where you need to go. If you had any water in your home from Hurricane Harvey, there will be a no fee permit application. Everyone affected, MUST fill out this permit application (CLICK HERE). We ask that you bring this completed application to our Permit Department at the courts building, and we will walk you through the process. We are here to guide you every step of the way! Permits Department’s hours of operation will be from 7 AM to 5 PM. Please call 281-391-4830 or email harveypermits@cityofkaty.com if you have any permit or inspection questions. 

Debris removal will begin tomorrow. There will be multiple trucks working from dawn to dusk moving debris out of the city. Republic Waste will be on schedule for household trash this week. A separate contractor – not Republic Waste – will be picking up flood debris. We are asking residents to please move their blue bins of household trash away from debris piles so that Republic Waste can empty their trash cans. If you live on a short cul-de-sac, please bring your blue bins up the street so the Republic Waste garage truck can get to them. Recycling is still on hold, and we will notify everyone once the service is reestablished.

Our curfew is still in place from 10 PM to 6 AM, and will remain until notified. We are asking everyone to please stay informed via our website and Official City of Katy facebook page. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this recovery process. The City of Katy is doing everything we can to help our citizens. We are here for you!

THANK YOU!

 

Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 6:00 PM:

DEBRIS PICKUP WILL BEGIN TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

Mayor Chuck Brawner gives an update on debris removal and other important information: Update Hurricane Harvey – 9/2 at 6 PM

 

Friday, September 1, 2017 at 8:00 PM:

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We know there are a lot of efforts going on in and around our Katy community, and we are so grateful for all of the volunteers that have helped fellow residents and businesses start their recovery process. THANK YOU!

If you are looking for other ways to help, the region has consolidated recovery efforts. If you want to volunteer on any level, coordination is being done with through volunteerhouston.org. You can also reach them via phone at 281-656-1533 or email at info@volunteerhouston.org. Information regarding sheltering is also available here.

Also, please review and pay attention to this website from FEMA regarding rumors: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey-rumor-control. Please stay informed!

 

Friday, September 1, 2017 at 6:00 PM:

The City of Katy started spraying for mosquitos yesterday, and we will continue our mosquito spraying process during this time.

Also, recycling has been postponed, but we will notify our residents when the service will begin again.

Lastly, starting this evening (9/1/17), curfew will be in affect for the City of Katy city limits from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. until otherwise notified.

We thank everyone for their patience, understanding and help during this recovery process.

 

Friday, September 1, 2017 at 1:00 PM:

PERMITS/INSPECTIONS INFORMATION:

If you were impacted by Hurricane Harvey and your home or business was flooded, to keep in guidelines with FEMA regulations and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a building permit HAS to be submitted to the City.

To help our citizens, we will NOT be charging permit fees for any flood related permits. Here is the link for the building permit application: http://cityofkaty.com/…/BUILDING-PERMIT-APPLICATION-2016.pdf

We are asking that even though City Hall is closed at this time, please fill out this application and submit a list of work that will be conducted to harveypermits@cityofkaty.com.

To insure you are compliant with City, FEMA and NFIP regulations, this process MUST be done. This will help insure any reimbursement that may be provided by FEMA and further insurance coverage for your home or business.

In dire circumstances, RVs are allowed on residential properties ONLY, but they must be connected to City water and sewer.

The City is here to help all of our impacted residents and businesses through this difficult time. City inspectors are already out assessing overall damage, and they will be visiting every home and business that was affected by the flood.

If you have any questions, please email them to harveypermits@cityofkaty.com.

 

Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 6:30 PM:

1) DEBRIS MANAGEMENT: We are continuing to assess our City, and we will notify everyone when our contractor can begin removing debris. Because the impact was regional and on such a large scale, we cannot remove debris because landfills have been compromised. As soon as the landfills are operational, debris removal will begin. We will continue to keep you posted when we have a start date.

2) CITY FACILITIES/PARKS:

• City Hall – will open on Tuesday, Sept. 5
• Municipal Courts – open
• Visitors Center – will open on Tuesday, Sept. 5
• Katy Heritage Museum – closed until further notice
• Katy City Park – open
• Thomas Park – open
• Dog Park – closed until further notice
• Woodsland Park – closed until further notice
• VFW Park – closed until further notice

3) GROCERY STORES:

• HEB on Nelson Way – are receiving deliveries today and tomorrow, will resume normal hours on Saturday, Sept. 2
• Brookshire Brothers on Franz Rd – are receiving deliveries today and will resume normal hours on Friday, Sept. 1
• Wal-Mart on I-10/Katy Mills Blvd – will be open Friday, Sept. 1 from 7 AM to 8 PM; will continue to have limited hours through next week (Sept. 4-8)
• Kroger’s on 1463/Spring Green – we are still awaiting word from the store on their opening/closings

 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 6:00 PM:

Mayor Chuck Brawner updates our residents on the City of Katy’s recovery efforts and important reminders, but more importantly a big THANK YOU to all of our first responders, staff, volunteers and any and everyone who has helped during this crisis. – Update: Hurricane Harvey 8-30 @ 6 PM

 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 3:00 PM:

CITY HALL located at 901 Avenue C will be closed until Tuesday, September 5th. Utility bills will not incur late payment penalties during this time and we will not disconnect any water connection. Our Municipal Court at 5432 Franz Road will be open on Thursday, August 31st.

If your property suffered damages during Hurricane Harvey (DR-4332), we ask that you please complete the following reports (City and County where your property is located):

  1. City of Katy: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/katyflooding
  2. The following County where your property is located:
    1. Harris County: http://www.readyharris.org
    2. Fort Bend County: http://fbcoem.org/
    3. Waller County: http://www.co.waller.tx.us/page/homepage

Residents should also go to https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ for recovery information, National Flood Insurance claims and to apply for FEMA assistance.  If a resident has private insurance, you can register at SBA.gov for recovery small interest loans.

TRASH SERVICE SCHEDULE 8/30 through 9/2

Republic Services will resume garbage pick-up according to the following schedule:

Residents that normally have service on Tuesdays and Wednesday will be picked up on Thursday, August 31. The Friday route will be collected on Friday, September 1.

Commercial accounts will only be picked up on Thursday, August 31.

PLACE CARTS AWAY FROM STORM DEBRIS so the truck arm can get to the cart. This is for household garbage ONLY – and only what is inside the cart. Republic will not pick up heavy trash this week. Storm debris pick up guidelines are on the website.

SCAMMERS – Beware of people who come to your home asking for information and money pretending to be companies that can help you. Before giving anyone any information or money, ask for identification. If you are approached and cannot verify, call the police! We have already received reports of this type of activity, so please beware of scammers!

 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM:

ATTENTION RESIDENTS! Two very important reminders:

First, the debris management is underway but we still do not have a date yet when pick up of debris will begin. However, it is imperative that if you are already beginning to clean out and take debris from your home that it is sorted and placed properly at the curb. We will notify everyone when the contractor will begin picking up debris, but again, the debris must be sorted and placed properly to be picked up!

Second, for those effective by the floods, go to www.distasterassistance.gov, regardless if you have flood insurance, and fill out the application for potential FEMA assistance and to record flood damage assessment in our area. Thank you!

 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM:

City Hall and Courts will remain closed tomorrow (Wednesday, August 30). We will notify you when we reopen those facilities.

 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 3:00 PM:

Mayor Chuck Brawner gives an update statement on Hurricane Harvey’s rescue and recovery efforts. Update: Hurricane Harvey 8-29 @ 3 PM

 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 12:45 PM:

STALLED/FLOODED VEHICLES: Our Police Department has coordinated with selected wrecking/towing companies to help clear our roadways of stalled and flooded vehicles. If you had to abandon your vehicle in the City Limits of Katy, please contact the three companies below to determine where your car was taken:

Gregorys/B&K
1450 Kellner, Brookshire, TX 77423
281-934-8711

Golbows/Texan Ford
21822 Franz Rd, Katy, TX 77449
281-492-2761

Westway/Mac Haik
26911 IH 10 E, Katy TX 77492
281-395-0695

Please note, this information is for vehicles in the City Limits of the City of Katy ONLY. View the city limits map HERE. Thank you!

 

ROAD CLOSURES: While the water is continuing to recede, there are still areas in the City of Katy that is NOT passable:

 
Avenue D at 1st Street
Feeder Road intersection of FM 1463 & I-10
Clay Road between Katy Hockley & Katy Hockley Cut-Off
Bridges/Street over/near the Bayou
 
There may be other streets not listed that are not accessible yet, so please do not drive into high water! Stay safe!

 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 10:30 AM:

ATTENTION REGARDING DEBRIS MANAGEMENT: If you have flooded and plan to start your recovery process, this information is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!

You MUST separate your debris per the attached guidelines or it will NOT be picked up. Debris should be placed curbside, without blocking the roadway or storm drains. Any debris placed on your sidewalk toward your property will not be picked up.

Again, YOU MUST SEPARATE YOUR DEBRIS PER THE GUIDELINES OR IT WILL NOT BE PICKED UP!

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Monday, August 28, 2017 at 9:00 PM:

Remember, we currently have a dusk-to-dawn curfew in affect for the City of Katy. We are continuing to get rain, so PLEASE STAY HOME and OFF THE ROADS so our crews can continue to make necessary water rescues!

Again, Republic Services will NOT pick up trash tomorrow. Trash services are suspended at this time, and we will notify everyone of a schedule once services are restored. So please do not put trash cans out as they can be swept away and block drains, causing additional flooding.

We appreciate everyone help, patience and understanding during this time. The City is working around the clock, and we are doing our very best to keep everyone safe and informed. Help us help you.

 

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 5:40 PM:

The City of Katy has inspected our water plants and everything is currently working. We know there are rumors that we are going to turn off water – that is untrue. The City water is safe and is not being turned off.

However, the City of Katy sewer plant has been inundated with regional flood waters from Hurricane Harvey. The City is asking for your help by reducing water usage as much as possible. The City is making every effort in restoring the waste water plant to full capacity as quickly as possible.

 

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 12:15 PM:

Statement from Mayor Chuck Brawner regarding City of Katy’s response to the excessive rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Harvey:

Throughout the night, our Emergency Operations Team and Katy Fire and Police Departments have been working under extreme conditions to make as many rescues as possible. The City received over 125 requests for rescues last night. The dangerous conditions that our first responders faced hampered their efforts to respond to all of the requests. Upon daylight, efforts continued while they were able to better assess the affected areas. We continue to receive many rescue requests. Katy ISD has set up a couple of shelters, and many of our rescued citizens have been taken to Morton Ranch High School.

Yesterday, I requested additional resources from the State of Texas to assist our first responders. Early this morning we received 5 airboats, with an additional 6 coming in from Austin. I also requested National Guard assistance with rescues. The National Guard has arrived and is coordinating with our Police and Fire personnel. We also have many brave volunteers who are assistanting us. Our rescue operations are ongoing at this time.

Today, I have implemented a Dusk to Dawn curfew to protect our citizens and property from unauthorized individuals entering our City. Please help us by watching your neighbors’ homes and property from individuals you do not recognize. Please call the Police Deparment at 281-391-4848 to report any suspicious activity. Our Emergency Operations Team and all responders are working diligently around the clock to serve our great City.

Please stay safe and God Bless Katy!
Mayor Chuck Brawner

 

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 7:00 AM:

First responders have been working around the clock and water rescues were made all night. Now that daylight is upon us, we are able to better assess areas and continue to help those in need.

As a reminder, Katy ISD will open Morton Ranch HS and Cinco Ranch HS at 7:30 AM as shelters. However, water is still high and is moving extremely fast. If you are not in immediate danger, do NOT leave your home. If you have an emergency, dial 911.

We are responding to needs in order of urgency, and we ask that everyone remain calm and safe. Again, even if you have a little water in your home, if you are safe, STAY HOME! High, swift moving water may have compromised roads, and you are safer in your house at this time. Do NOT play in flood water – everyone needs to remain indoors!

Please remain calm and be safe. Our people are working as diligently as possible in every capacity.

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 10:30 PM:

ATTENTION RESIDENTS: If you have water in your home, do not panic. You need to be prepared – get your valuables and yourselves as high and dry in your home as possible. We have many calls coming in and are doing our very best to address urgent needs first. We have requested additional resources. ONLY life threatening emergencies should dial 911! If you already have, your call has been logged and we will get to you in quickly as possible. Again, do NOT leave your home if are not in a life threatening situation. If you are, dial 911. We ask that everyone stays calm and remain safe.

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 6:00 PM:

Below is a list of impassable roads/areas in the City of Katy:

Franz & Katy City Park Dr.
Tenth St. Bridge
Bartlett & Bartlett (corner)
Carnation & Patricia
Dogwood & Patricia
Abby Ct. & Patricia
Woods Ln. & N. Woods Ln.
North side I-10 & FM 1463
South side I-10 & FM 1463
Kingsland bridge
Dead End Roberts
Dead End Barley
Woodlands Park
Stockdick Bridge
First St. & Ave. D
First between A & B
Ave. A from First to Second
East Avenue & Avenue A
George Bush Drive
East from 10th to Franz
Tenth from East to Drexel
Airline St.
Heights St.
Drexel Dr.
Drexel Dr. & Park St.
Park St.
Franz from PD to Ave D
Kingsland Blvd. from Main Street to west side of bridge
Stockdick @ Bridge between Danover and FM 1463
Avenue D from Franz Road to Morton Road
North Avenue A from Gardenia to Iris
Magnolia
Pecan
Redbud
Hunters Terrace Subdivision
Morton Road from Avenue D to Katy Hockley Cut-Off
Village Oak Drive
Lilac
Elder Road
Carson
Patna
Fortuna
Heritage Park West Subdivision
Pineview Terrace Subdivision
Falls of Green Meadows
Enclave

Again, unless it’s an emergency, PLEASE STAY OFF THE ROADS! We are expecting more rain which means these areas will become worse, and more roads/areas will be impacted. All businesses and restaurants are closed, so stay home and be safe!

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 3:00 PM:

If you live in the City of Katy city limits and have received wind or flood damage to your home, please contact OEM@cityofkaty.com with your name, address and list of damages. If you have already been impacted, we would like to know by 5 PM today. See map to see if you’re in the city limits.

We also encourage you to report your damage online at www.disasterassistance.gov. This is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance. If you don’t have internet access, you may register by calling 1-800-621- FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 AM to 10 PM (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Unfortunately, this storm is not over. We do expect more rain. Please keep informed and stay safe. Unless it is an emergency, STAY HOME. There are several areas of high water around town. Do not drive or walk around. Do not allow your children to play in the waters – it can be extremely dangerous!

City Facilities (City Hall and Courts) will be CLOSED tomorrow and Tuesday. We will notify our residents when we reopen. Tomorrow’s City Council meeting has been cancelled and will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 11:45 AM:

Everyone needs to stay indoors! We see a lot of people, especially teenagers, out walking around – please stay inside. The flood can cause the manhole covers to float up and away. It is not safe to be in your car or on foot. PLEASE STAY HOME!

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM:

We will be updating you with our call log/reports of high water and road closures as frequently as possible. Stay informed on here and our social media. Please DO NOT call our dispatch asking for this information! We need to keep our lines open for emergencies. View: Current call log/reports

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM:

View official video message from Mayor Brawner regarding the current conditions – Update: Hurricane Harvey

Mass flooding is occurring region-wide as the rain continues. The City of Katy is also being affected. We are asking everyone to STAY HOME. Even if water is into your yard or coming into your house, the safest place for you at this time is in your home. Make preparations and remain calm. Several roads, including Avenue D, are being closed. We ask you, please, DO NOT joy ride. This causes more damage, and you will be ticketed and detained! STAY HOME and BE SAFE!

If you live in unincorporated Harris County and Fort Bend County and have non-emergency needs, call 211. If you have an emergency, dial 911.

 

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

View official video message from Mayor Brawner regarding tornado damage and current status – Update: Hurricane Harvey

 

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Hurricane Harvey – update 08-26-2017, 10:00 a.m.  There has been localized damage by a suspected tornado along I-10 west of Katy and has not been confirmed at this time by the National Weather Service.  Mayor Brawner is out in the community assessing damage.  This is still a serious event with potential widespread flooding.  Please be sure to have your plan and kit ready.  Please stay informed  

 

Friday, August 25, 2017 at 6:20 PM:

Hurricane Harvey is now a category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph.  Get prepared. Stay informed. Check on your family and neighbors.  HEED ALL WARNINGS

for your safety and protection. Stay safe.

 

Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 8:15 PM:

View official video message from Mayor Brawner – Be Prepared: Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey continues to intensify and is currently at Category 1. We are threatened with imminent severe weather in the City of Katy. Harvey is expected to make landfall as a Category 3 Hurricane Friday evening.

The forecast of rainfall is 15-30 inches in a widespread area. This will bring considerably high rainfall amounts. Flooding is of concern as once this system hits land, it will slow down and/or stall over our area. As we have learned from the Tax Day Floods this kind of slow, training rain bands sitting on us will be an inundation. The City of Katy has been working diligently over the past year grading ditches, cleaning storm drains and other mitigation projects to improve drainage.

We would like to communicate a clear message to our community regarding preparedness. Mayor Chuck Brawner has been meeting with all departments during this week in efforts to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Harvey. At this time, we would like for our residents and businesses to have due diligence in their part as a team effort for preparedness. Please look around your homes and secure any trash containers, yard art or anything that can be blown into our ditches and drains and potentially clog them during the heavy rains. Please prepare your homes, family and pets to hunker down for this storm. Our heaviest impacts will be from Saturday to Tuesday. When conditions are appropriate, call or check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.

We urge you to take time for final preparations for this storm. Make sure you have emergency supplies on hand. There is a potential for power outages to prepare for also.

Please continue to monitor local forecasts, the National Weather Service, and heed any instructions, notices, alerts, or orders from local officials. The City’s website at cityofkaty.com, City of Katy Facebook/Twitter, City of Katy Office of Emergency Management Facebook/Twitter, Katy Police Department Facebook and Katy Fire Department Facebook will be updated regularly with a consistent message of pertinent information.

The safety and well-being of our community and responders is our priority and upmost importance not only on a daily basis, but especially during hazardous events such as this.

Fill up your tanks

Charge your cell phones

Get prescriptions filled/refilled

Purchase batteries

Purchase easy to make foods

Do not go out during the event unless absolutely necessary

Please be safe

 

Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM: For the last two days, the City of Katy has been actively planning and preparing for the pending storm. All departments have come together to help in the prevention of and preparation for the potential heavy rainfall associated with Hurricane Harvey. Our goal is to help keep all of our residents safe. We will be keeping everyone informed throughout the event, so please check our website and Facebook for the latest information. More information will be posted later this evening.