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City of Missouri City
News Release
Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Message from the City Manager

Greetings Missouri City,

Our community continues to stand strong and united as we see the effects of Harvey and as the Brazos River is still on track to reach record levels. I am proud of the continued and tireless efforts of the staff in our Emergency Operations Center. Our first responders have to date rescued 1,155 citizens from high flood waters, and we will continue to remain activated, prepared and responsive to our citizens’ needs as the Brazos continues to affect our community. As the river level’s biggest impact for our area approaches, tonight, Mayor Owen signed an order to continue the state of disaster that he initially declared in advance of the arrival of Harvey on Aug. 25.

First and foremost, I would like to thank our many volunteers and generous citizens who have donated thousands of items to our local shelters, from clothing, hygiene products, diapers and baby formula and bedding items. We are also grateful to the many volunteers who continue to reach out and offer their services and also provide assistance to our staff. 

The outpouring of service has been so great in fact that we have reached capacity for all donations, including food and items for evacuees. When we begin accepting more items, we will immediately update our giving citizenry. The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management does have drop off locations within the county for residents to donate bottled water and non-perishable foods along with links to other local agencies in need of volunteers.

Fort Bend County Health and Human Services have been diligent in their efforts to share pharmacy and grocery stores that have begun opening their doors. Below is a list of pharmacies and stores that have begun opening their doors:



The safety of our citizens continues to be our biggest priority throughout this storm and its aftermath. This morning, Mayor Allen Owen signed an order to establish a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for Missouri City. This order is intended to allow our officers to closely monitor everyone, both visitor and resident, in Missouri City to ensure both their safety and the safety of our commercial and residential properties. This order goes into effect immediately and will be in place until further notice. Residents may 
view the Mayor’s order.

We stress that residents under Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert’s mandatory evacuation are already under curfew, which extends to areas in Missouri City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). For more questions about the County’s evacuation orders and accompanying curfew, please contact the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management’s information line at 281.342.6185. 

We continue to closely monitor the Brazos River’s levels as it is anticipated to reach a projected crest of 56’ in the morning on Friday, Sept. 1. As of 5:15 p.m., the National Weather Service reports that the river has reached a level of 54.15 feet; when it hits its historic crest, we will see potentially major flooding throughout the areas within Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert’s mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders. Public Works and Public Safety Crews are working around the clock, 24 hours a day to monitor the river’s levels in our subdivisions and provide necessary service to those residents within these flood areas. 

Residents may view the County’s interactive map to see if they fall under Judge Hebert’s evacuation order here.

Residents can see which roadways within the City limits have been closed and areas of high water on the City’s interactive GIS map.

As a reminder, Mayor Allen Owen signed an emergency order of voluntary evacuation for portions of Missouri City on Tues., Aug. 29; view the document here

We have a number of shelters set up in place throughout the County for evacuees; a new shelter location has been setup at Stafford High School, 1625 Staffordshire Rd., Stafford, TX 77477. As a reminder, animals must be crated at Red Cross Shelters. 

For additional information, residents should call the emergency operations hotline at 281.403.5801.

FEMA has a website for those in need of recovery assistance who may register and see if they qualify for housing and financial assistance from their agency: www.disasterassistance.gov. We urge residents to register and sign up to receive the necessary assistance they need to get back on their feet.

Many of our residents have asked about the status of their solid waste and recycling service. Our municipal solid waste and recycling service provider WCA Waste will not be providing service on Thursday, Aug. 31. 

WCA/VF Waste Services collection services were suspended the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, due to the severe weather and flooding caused from Hurricane Harvey.  WCA/VF Waste has been continuing to assess serviceability of the roadways and communities on a day-to-day basis and have been updating customers via their website and email announcement blasts.  If you would like to receive updates, please register by sending an email to awilhite@wcamerica.com.

WCA/VF Waste’s mission is to provide the best service possible to communities, and during times like this, it is their goal to collect the putrescible waste first.  This is the material that begins to breakdown and if left uncollected would begin to decompose in the Houston heat. WCA/VF Waste ask that residents separate their putrescible waste from their bulk waste to ensure proper and timely collection (A four bag maximum, per home, will be picked up each service day).  WCA/VF WASTE SERVICES will not be collecting carpet or construction materials as regular collection related to this storm event.

Please note, suspended services due to this storm event will not be made up or pushed to another service day.  Safety is WCA/VF Waste Services number one concern; they hope everyone is safe during this time.

As I update you today, I am overwhelmed with the many stories and anecdotes of the selflessness of Missouri City residents, neighbors and friends. I am further humbled and grateful for your generosity and willingness to help and the resilience of our City Council, employees - including employees who are experiencing their own losses as a result of flooding - residents, community, volunteers, and friends of Missouri City all over the nation.

Feel free to visit www.missouricityready.com, any of our social media pages and/or our employee hotline (281) 403-5905 for additional information.

Again, THANK YOU for all you do to ensure that “Together we Excel!”



A list of Harvey Resources/FAQ's is available on the City’s website,
www.missouricitytx.gov, and the City’s Emergency Management website, www.missouricityready.com.
 
Residents with additional questions may call the citizen hotline at 281.403.5801 while the EOC remains activated; residents should use the hotline to report any damage to their property. 
 
To receive news and alerts on flood safety, road closures and other emergency management issues, visit 
www.MissouriCityReady.com, the City’s official emergency management website; follow us @MissouriCityEM and @MissouriCityTX on Twitter, follow us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, Instagram and Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX, visit 
www.missouricitytx.gov, tune into 1690 AM, and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse).




Remembering Jim Guidry


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