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Harvey Emergency Alerts

Harvey is an organized system in the Gulf of Mexico expected to make landfall on the Texas coast Friday, August 25, 2017. Fort Bend County is expected to experience strong winds and heavy rainfall.

Blackboard Connect Emergency Notification Portal:

Click here to update your emergency contact information to receive alerts during City emergencies.

Updates:

September 7: 2017: 

The City of Rosenberg will begin picking up debris from properties damaged by the flood on Monday, September 11, 2017. There will be three passes, each lasting approximately two weeks. It is very important that debris be separated according to the guidelines put out by Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management.

  • Debris should be separated into the following groups:
  • Vegetative Debris (leaves, plants, branches, etc.)
  • Demolition Debris (building materials, mattresses, etc.)
  • Appliances and White Goods (refrigerators, microwaves, etc.)
  • Electronics (computers, televisions, et.c)
  • Household Hazardous Waste (Cleaning supplies, chemicals, etc.)

Normal household trash will not be picked up with the disaster debris. You should continue to bag your trash and put it out on your regular trash pick-up day. For questions, call (832) 595-3300.

September 6, 2017:

Mosquito spraying has been increased to three times weekly through September 29, 2017. Spraying will take place in the evenings on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday

September 3-5, 2017:

  • Evacuation orders have been lifted effective September 5, 2017 for:
        West Street and Mulcahy Street: North of Avenue D
        River Road area: All properties North of River Road, adjacent to the river
        North of Brazos: All properties North of the Brazos River, within the City limits
        North Rosenberg: All properties East of 4th Street, North of Avenue B;all properties on 1st Street North of Avenue D
  • Republic Waste Services is back to the normal trash pick-up schedule.
  • In order to qualify for FEMA assistance you must report your damages and get an inspection. Fill out this form and someone from the City will get in touch with you as soon as possible
  • Mosquito spraying has been increased to twice a week; Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Crews were out over labor day weekend performing inspections to get residents back to their houses. Watch the website for updates or follow us on Twitter @RbergTxGov
  • Current list of shelters
  • Information on Debris Removal [English]
  • Information on Debris Removal [Spanish]
  • Where to drop off donations (Lugares para Dejar Donaciones)

September 2, 2017:

September 1, 2017: 

August 31, 2017: 

*****TRASH SERVICE FAQs*****

When will my trash be picked up?
Regular trash service will resume today, Aug. 31st, as safety permits.

Republic will have a make-up day on Saturday, Sept. 2 and regular trash pick up resumes as follows:

Mondays: Green waste

Tuesdays: Bulky waste

Wednesdays: Regular trash

Commercial pick-up resumes today on your regular pick-up day.

Will trash be picked up on Monday, since it is the Labor Day Holiday?
Yes. Trash will be picked up on Monday as long as it is safe and there is no water on the roads.

**NOTE** Republic Services will run on Saturday, September 2nd as a make-up day in order to start the clean-up process for the City. PLEASE NOTE THAT TRASH PICK-UP WILL BE LIMITED TO AREAS WHERE IT IS SAFE FOR CREWS TO WORK. WE WILL PICK UP YOUR TRASH AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BUT SAFETY IS THE FIRST PRIORITY. 

Please be patient as services are being restored as quickly as possible and information is being put out and updated as quickly as possibly.

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The River is still projected to crest at 56 feet. That means that the water level is still slowly rising. The sun is out and some businesses are still open but please be aware:

  • Some roads are still impassable: Click here for road information
  • Some roads are still taking on water: Click here for road information
  • Some businesses are starting to reopen: 
  • Some businesses and services have not yet resumed: Some businesses and service providers ares still dealing with flood-related challenges, from displaced employees to physical damage. Please be patient.

Please click here for an update on trash services from Republic Waste

More information as of 8/31/2017:

August 30, 2017: 

  • The River is now projected to crest at 56 feet. This is still record flooding and waters are still going up
    • Do not go into flooded (or about to be flooded) areas
    • Do not venture into standing water
    • Please stay off the roads unless it is an emergency
  • We have confirmed the following pharmacies are open:
    • Kroger at 24401 Brazos Town Crossing
    • Walgreens at 3902 FM 762 Rd
    • Ave H Pharmacy at 3926 Ave H
    • C-MED Pharmacy at 5633 Ave I
    • CVS at 6750 Reading Rd and 5306 Ave I
    • Not in the area? The tabs at the bottom of the page page show other city’s pharmacy information as well as hours of operation
  • Water is NOT being shut off
  • Be sure to notify the City of any damage you incurred during Harvey.

August 29, 2017:

  • Republic Waste Services is unable to pick up trash tomorrow due to inclement weather. Please do not place trash at the curb at this time
  • Finally the rain is starting to slow. This DOES NOT MEAN it’s time to go out and sight-see. Water levels are still DANGEROUSLY high and the weather is still unpredictable. The Brazos River has NOT yet crested.
  • If you need supplies, the following stores are open (PLEASE BE PATIENT. Everyone is struggling):
    • Fiesta
    • Target
    • Kroger
    • Family Dollar on 1st St
    • Dollar General on 1st St
    • Academy
    • McDonald’s in Brazos Town Center
    • Guanajuato restaurant in Rosenberg
    • Walgreens in Brazos Town Center
  • DO NOT let children play in the water! This water is NOT SAFE to wade around in.
    • Flood water is dirty
    • There are snakes, insects, and debris misplaced in the storm that you can’t see, even in shallow water
    • It only takes SIX INCHES of rapidly moving water to knock you down
    • Being out and about impedes the efforts of our public safety crews
  • Good news! Less rain is predicted from here out. The Brazos crest predictions have also gone down. The latest predictions put the crest at 57.5 feet on Thursday, August 31. You can view water levels/predictions here
  • Local officials are still trying to open and man additional shelters
  • City offices are closed today and court will be rescheduled

August 28, 2017: MANDATORY EVACUATIONS STILL IN EFFECT. 

  • Shelter at B.F. Terry is full. A new shelter has been opened at GEORGE RANCH JR. HIGH SCHOOL: 4601 Airport Ave, Rosenberg, TX 77471
    Pets allowed, preferably crated
  • Republic Waste Service temporarily suspends trash service until conditions of the road improved; reinstatement of service to be announced
  • City offices will remain closed on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Court dates will be rescheduled
  • Red Cross is working with local authorities to set up additional shelters as quickly as possible
  • B.F. TERRY HIGH SCHOOL GYM IS NOW AN OPERATING SHELTER as of 10:00 a.m.
    today. The address is: 5500 Avenue N, Rosenberg, TX 77471 
  • Additional shelter information is available at Readyharris.org
    The shelter is opening 3,000 beds to those seeking shelter from Harvey.
    Sacred Heart Church’s shelter in Richmond IS CLOSING. Transportation is already arranged to shuttle residents to the new, larger shelter at B.F. Terry High School
  • The Brazos River is still predicted to crest sometime tomorrow at an unprecedented 59 feet

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MAPS OF FLOOD ZONES

The following areas are under a MANDATORY evacuation order:

  • First Colony LID #1
  • Fort Bend County LID #20
  • Fort Bend County LID #6
  • Fort Bend County LID #7
  • Fort Bend County MUD #115
  • Fort Bend County MUD #46
  • Fort Bend County MUD #49
  • Municipal Utility District #121
  • Palmer Plantation #1
  • Palmer Plantation #2

The following areas are under a VOLUNTARY evacuation order:

  • Fort Bend County LID #2
  • Fort Bend County LID #10
  • Fort Bend County LID #11
  • Fort Bend County LID #14
  • Fort Bend County LID #15
  • Fort Bend County LID #17
  • Fort Bend County LID #179
  • First Colony LID #2
  • Pecan Grove MUD
  • Sienna Plantation

August 27, 2017: 

 Latest projections for the Brazos River show a crest of 59 feet which will result in unprecedented flooding. Staff and City officials continue to monitor; however, the mandatory evacuations remain in place and residents are strongly urged to leave. As water levels rise and the rain event continues, it is increasingly difficult for first-responders to get on scene.

The evacuation zone continues to be:

  • West Street and Mulcahy Street: North of Avenue D
  • River Road area: All properties North of River Road, adjacent to the river
  • North of Brazos: all properties North of the Brazos River, within City limits
  • North Rosenberg: All properties East of 4th Street, North of Avenue B; all properties on 1st Street North of Avenue D

The shelter is still Sacred Heart Church located at 507 4th St. in Richmond. We are currently working with the County to expand transportation options. Details to come.

  • The City is NOT shutting off your water!
  • City public buildings will be closed on Monday, August 28th. Please call 9-1-1 for emergencies and for non-emergency assistance, please call police dispatch at (832) 595-3700
  • A portion of FM 762 in front of 24-Hour Fitness near Brazos Town Center has collapsed due to a large sinkhole. Please stay off the roads!
  • Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for portions of North Rosenberg
  • Shelter is available at Sacred Heart Church in Richmond; located at 507 S 4th St
  • We have one bus running transportation from AW Jackson Elementary School to the shelter from 8:00 a.m. today until 3:00 p.m.; AW Jackson is located at 301 3rd Street in Rosenberg

August 26, 2017: 

  • MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS HAVE BEEN SIGNED FOR PORTIONS OF ROSENBERG!

    Click here to read the notice. [English and Spanish]
    Click here to view the official signed document
  • Status of the Brazos River can be viewed here
  • City officials are reviewing data and determining the need for mandatory evacuations for portions of the City of Rosenberg. Please stay tuned to local media and official City information sources for details.
  • Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, TX around 10:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25
  • Emergency Management teams are planning for the sharp increase in the projected rise of the Brazos River over the course of the next few days, which may reach unprecedented heights. Please continue to to monitor your trusted news sources.

August 25, 2017:

  • Mayor Benton declares a state of local disaster for the City of Rosenberg
  • Hurricane Harvey is now a Category 2 Hurricane. Hurricane Harvey is now a category 3, as of 2:30 p.m. HURRICANE HARVEY IS NOW A CATEGORY 4, AS OF 6:00 p.m.
  • Fort Bend County has issued tornado watches until 2:00 a.m.
  • For more information in both English and Spanish, visit Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management.
  • Heavy rains, high winds, and flash flooding continue to be the biggest threat to Rosenberg. Turn around don’t drown. Please avoid areas where water is on the road.
  • Please remember to include your pets in your family emergency plan.
  • A limited number of sandbags are available at 220 Mulcahy for Rosenberg residents
  • Follow the City of Rosenberg on twitter @RbergTxGov

August 24, 2017: Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster for Fort Bend County.

August 23, 2017: Harvey is upgraded to a Tropical Storm

Resources:

National Weather Service

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Fort Bend Office of Emergency Management

Noticias 45 en español

Get Prepared:

Flooding often accompanies weather events such as heavy rains, hurricanes, and tropical storms.

Here are some tips to stay safe.

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Do not drive over bridges that are over fast-moving floodwaters. Floodwaters can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

 

What to do Right Now:

For a Flood Watch: 
A Flood Watch means you should be aware that conditions in the area may cause flooding.

Steps to Take

  • Turn on your TV/radio. You will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.Prepare Your Home
  • Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
  • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.

For a Flood Warning: 
A Flood Warning means you should Take Action because flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.

Steps to Take

  • Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
  • Evacuate if directed.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

After a flood

  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.
  • Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded.
  • Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.

When it is not flooding: Make a flood plan

  • Know your flood risk.
  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.
  • Make a flood emergency plan for the relevant type/s of local flood risk with plans such as evacuation, shelter, locations for high ground.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a minimum of 3 days of food and water, flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Consider buying flood insurance.
  • Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.

More Resources:

Red Cross Flood Safety Tips

Disaster Preparedness

Flood Safety Social Media Toolkit (toolkit)

National Weather Service Weather Ready Nation Spring Safety Outreach Materials

American Red Cross (link)

The National Insurance Program (link)

When the Cloud Forms (video)

How to Prepare for a Flood (PDF)

Flood Playbook (PDF)

Flood Creative Materials (PDF)

National Creative Resources (PDF)