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City of Galveston
News Release
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Residents Urged to Prepare

Galveston, Texas – As of 10:00am., the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the City of Galveston as Tropical Depression Harvey reforms in the Gulf.  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.

"While the track of this storm is still very uncertain, we do know that this will be a significant rain event for our entire area." said Niki Bender, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Galveston. "Residents should prepare their homes for tidal flooding, gusting winds, and rains in excess of 15” from Friday to Monday."

The City of Galveston’s Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the system with the National Weather Service.  While we have not called for an evacuation at this time, we would urge residents who live in low lying areas prone to flooding to use their best judgement on whether or not to leave for the duration of the event. We have our Emergency Operations Center in an advanced stage of readiness and we are prepping fleet and facilities as appropriate.


  • We are currently under a storm surge watch as well as a tropical storm watch issued by the National Hurricane Center.

  • Forecast is still uncertain.

  • We anticipate 72 hours of rain and high tides which could lead to numerous impassable roads across the island limiting city service and accessibility to homes. Tides should recede on Monday.

  • In the latest models Galveston is forecasted to see greater than 15” of rain with this system.

  • Winds are expected to pick up as early as Thursday evening and are forecasted to gust from 30-50mph as the storm passes.

  • There is a significant threat of tropical funnels and water spouts beginning today through Monday.


  • 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 beginning tonight at midnight. The Port-O-Let enclosures are being placed in storage.

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  • 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 City’s trolley service will be suspended Friday through Monday.

  • The City’s Island Transit service will move their 25th Street Terminal operations to the Market Street terminal. Service will continue to run until streets are impassable.

  • If roads are impassable on the west end on Monday, trash service will run the following Friday September 1st for west end residents.

  • The code that prohibits residents from blocking sidewalks with their vehicles will not be enforced beginning Thursday at 5pm through Monday.


  • Residents can make sure that their homes are prepared for heavy rainfall and possible flooding by doing the following:

    • If you have drains in front of your home make sure they are clear

    • Make sure you have current photos of all of your valuables that would be covered under insurance

    • Make sure if you have gutters that they are clean

    • Make sure you have all of your insurance policy information

  • We encourage all residents to avoid driving through flood waters, as a reminder it is illegal to push a wake with your vehicle when driving on flooded roadways

    • This not only protects your safety, but protects the property owners who might be impacted by water being pushed into their home or businesses 


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.


The Galveston Office of Emergency Management will use the City’s “One Call Reaches All” emergency notification system if necessary during the event.  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. 

Remembering Jim Guidry

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