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City of Friendswood
News Release
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

As the water recedes and Friendswood residents begin to evaluate their loss, the long recovery process begins. FM 528 (Parkwood Drive) and FM 518 (Friendswood Drive) within the Friendswood City Limits are completely clear. FM 2351 (Edgewood Drive) is impassible in numerous places, but the water is receding.

Please avoid flooded areas until the water completely recedes. Be aware of the hazards that flood water contains, including chemicals, gasoline, snakes, and fire ants. It is recommended that you wear rubber boots and gloves while cleaning. If you have open cuts and have been exposed to flood water, thoroughly clean the area, and if necessary, seek medical attention.

Children and pets should be kept out of affected areas until cleanup has been completed.

Normal residential garbage collection for household trash will resume soon. The City is activating contracts for storm debris removal. A debris pickup schedule will be announced. Debris must be brought to the curb. Debris left on utility easements or behind residences will not be picked up. Debris must be separated into segregated piles:

·    Vegetative waste: consists of trees, tree trunks, limbs, shrubs, leaves, and other green waste.

·    Construction and demolition: consists of sheet rock, shingles, siding, carpet, furniture, and other items originating from homes.

·    White goods: consists of refrigerators, washers, dryers, and other large appliances.

·    Household hazardous materials: consists of cleaners, paints, and other hazardous materials. Household hazardous materials should not be mixed with other storm related debris.

·    Do not mix different types of storm debris. Mixed debris cannot be picked up.

Please use caution when driving through neighborhoods with storm debris. Piles limit visibility, making it hard to see people. When piling debris curbside, do not block fire hydrants. Don’t pile debris near gas meters, mailboxes, intersections, stop signs, or any other traffic control signage.

If your home has flooded, turn off your natural gas. The gas meter should be turned off if water has damaged any natural gas appliance. Also, turn off electric circuit breakers until an electrician can evaluate your system.

The requirement for permits for home repairs remains in effect, but permit fees will be waived. To protect residents, all contractors must register with the City in order to ensure that they are properly licensed and bonded.

The Jones Hanger at 901 Buckingham Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 is open every day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for residents who need clothing and other donated goods. Thanks to an overwhelming response from the community, the City can no longer accept donated goods, as there is not appropriate space to receive and sort additional items. New donation information will be available soon.

The 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew is in effect until further notice.

If your vehicle was abandoned in the roadway in Friendswood, it has been towed. Please have the license plate number and call 281-996-3300 to learn where it is located.

Remembering Jim Guidry

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