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City of Galveston
News Release
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

City of Galveston Monitoring Tropical Storm Cindy, Residents Urged to Prepare

Galveston, TX –– As of 4:00 p.m., the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the City of Galveston as Tropical Storm Cindy track has shifted slightly westward.  While there is still uncertainty with the track, and impacts could vary based on landfall, the City is urging residents to prepare in advance in the event the island experiences heavy rain, wind and tidal flooding.

"We would urge residents to continue to monitor this storm." said Niki Bender, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Galveston. "Residents should prepare their homes for tidal flooding, strong gusting winds, power outages and heavy rains."

The City of Galveston’s Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the system with the National Weather Service.  We have our Emergency Operations Center in an advanced stage of readiness and we are prepping fleet and facilities as appropriate.               


  • All city generators and fleet vehicles are serviced and fueled.

  • Contractors are working to secure scaffolding and materials at City Hall.

  • The Galveston Police & Fire Departments are preparing their high-water rescue vehicles for use in the event that they are needed.

  • The Galveston Beach Patrol is moving the lifeguard towers off the beach and on to the Seawall. The Port-O-Let enclosures are being placed in storage.

  • The Public Works Department is preparing vehicles that can traverse high water in the even they are needed. They are also evaluating the need for pre-staging barricades at designated low-water areas throughout the City. They will also be cleaning debris out of the storm drain systems in advance of the rain.

  • The Scholes International Airport has notified their tenants to prepare for the possibility of high winds and heavy rains.


This storm, and the changing forecast, is a reminder that being prepared is your best advantage during hurricane season. Having a plan, making a kit and staying connected are your best resource when forecasts change from hour to hour. 

Galveston residents can download the 2017 Hurricane Preparedness Guide on our website at The publication includes checklists and reminders that will walk them through the emergency planning process, as well as what supplies they should have on hand. 

The Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the system overnight. Officials will reevaluate the precautionary measures that need to be taken in the morning with regard to the West End.


The Galveston Office of Emergency Management will use the City’s “One Call Reaches All” emergency notification system if necessary during the event on the City’s website or by calling 409-765-3710. Please ensure that your family, friends, and neighbors are signed up with current information in our system. We would also urge residents to follow the City’s social media pages on Facebook & Twitter for periodic updates.


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