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Community leaders ask for patience as storm moves away

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

Although the worst of Hurricane Harvey seems to have spared Deer Park, the city and its residents are not yet out of the woods.

“Deer Park is in fantastic shape, all things considering, but it’s not over,” said Mayor Jerry Mouton in a conference call. “We still have rain and the storm is still over us. Reopening the school district, the city and getting things up and running will be an unprecedented effort.”

Victor White, DPISD superintendent, echoed previous reports of water in campuses, adding that most water came from roof leaks and drainpipe backup.

“They are more annoyances rather than damage,” he said.

He said the library carpet inside Deepwater Junior High has already been removed and efforts are being made to dry the area.

Although Deer Park ISD hopes to resume classes next week, the school is assessing what faculty and staff will be available as many employees also suffered home damage from the floods.

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center. This shelter is meant to accommodate overflow evacuees from other shelters. At this time, no volunteers or donations are needed at this location. Displaced citizens should note this is not a walk-up shelter.

Also, city leaders are asking well-meaning citizens to NOT start up shelters at their local churches and facilities. The Red Cross is coordinating streamlined efforts to take in evacuees and provide them with the items they need. The city and Red Cross will announce what, if any, donations, items and volunteer power is needed.

Should citizens choose to leave the safety of their own community to assist at other hard-hit locations, they must be aware that hospitals are not accepting patients. If citizens are injured while trying to get to other locations, they could be stranded with no medical help available.

Also, city leaders are asking the public’s help in squashing social media misinformation. They called it one of the biggest issues they faced over the last few days. They asked citizens to please be careful with what they shared on social media and what innuendoes they made.

Citizens should also conserve their energy and resources. The status of needs throughout the community might change on a day-to-day basis and they ask that the public remain patient and get their information from official sources such as city-operated websites and social media.

City to begin flood debris pick up Aug. 30

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Residents of Deer Park are advised that the City’s Sanitation Division is now accepting flood debris, and such items may be placed for curbside pickup beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, August 30 at 8AM.

According to Sanitation Supervisor Ben Alexander, flood debris can include carpet, sheet rock, flooring, furniture, appliances and other items damaged during the storm.

“While we are not currently conducting garbage pickup, we are picking up flood debris and heavy trash daily, and we would encourage our residents to begin placing those items on the curb each morning by 8AM,” Alexander said. “The items do not have to be bagged or wrapped in any specific way, with a couple of exceptions..

“First, we would ask that if any refrigerators or freezers are placed outside, that the doors are either removed or taped shut so children or animals cannot get inside. Second, we ask that any window panes or shower doors be taped so the glass cannot break during pickup.”

Alexander also asked that citizens keep items from hanging into the street, so as not to create a hazard for passing vehicles.

For more information, see the link below.

http://www.deerparktx.gov/index.aspx?NID=499

City facilities closed until 9/5; shelter opens at JBAC

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City facilities to be closed through Tuesday, 9/5

Deer Park residents are advised that City facilities will be closed through the end of the week, re-opening Tuesday, September 5 following Labor Day.

It is unknown at this time when residential curbside trash pick-up will resume. Emergency and City crews will continue collecting loose debris to ensure that drainage systems are kept clear and running as smoothly as possible.

Residents are reminded: Due to storm conditions making it difficult or impossible to access both residential areas and regional medical facilities, the ability of Deer Park EMS to accept and transport patients is severely limited. Therefore, the City of Deer Park is asking that only life-threatening matters be relayed to EMS.

Citizens are encouraged to visit City social media sites to stay informed about weather updates and advisories and to learn more about open businesses and restaurants.

Additional updates will be provided as new information becomes available.

Red Cross shelter - JBAC
The City of Deer Park has activated an American Red Cross shelter at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center, with an estimated 500-700 people expected to arrive within the next several hours.

According to City Manager Jay Stokes, volunteers to assist with the shelter are being coordinated through the City of Deer Park, and no additional public assistance is required at this time.

“It is an incredible testament to the people of this town that we are already seeing a significant numb...er of citizen volunteers to help with the shelter, and we appreciate everyone who is willing to dedicate their time,” he said. “However, because we have already coordinated volunteers for the shelter and we have to keep occupancy levels and parking in mind, we are asking that no additional citizens come to the Jimmy Burke at this time.

“We will of course communicate to the public if the situation changes.”

Please note: The shelter will be housing evacuees previously processed by the Red Cross and will not be capable of accepting walk-up evacuees.

City: no curfew in place for Deer Park

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Mayor Jerry Mouton, in consultation with the City Manager, the Deer Park Police Chief and the Emergency Services Director, has made the decision not to place the residents of Deer Park under a curfew overnight on Sunday, August 27.

“The citizens’ safety and well-being is of paramount importance, and DPPD will be sending out extra patrol units to provide oversight and enforce the City’s ‘no wake’ ordinance,” Mayor Mouton said. “However, as curfews are intended to infringe upon the public’s right to be out and warranted when it prevents looting, rioting, etc., the conditions that warrant a curfew are not present in Deer Park at this time.

“We urge our citizens to remain indoors, stay off the roads if at all possible, and keep themselves and their families safe as this storm continues. We will continue to monitor local and state reports and provide updates as they are available.”

Weather forecast

According to the latest information from the National Weather Service, the forecast for the Deer Park area includes an additional six to 10 inches of rain for Sunday evening and overnight. This amount is in addition to an estimated 25 inches that have fallen up to this point.

“Due to ground saturation and the bayou systems reaching capacity, additional street flooding is highly likely,” Emergency Services Director Robert Hemminger said. “Our best advice would be to stay indoors and off of roadways. If you are on the roads, please be mindful of the City's 'no wake' ordinance, and do not drive in a manner that causes damage to other vehicles or property."

Communication with industry partners

Citizens are assured that the City of Deer Park is in communication with industry partners including Shell and is following up on inquiries regarding plant activity.

“We have received calls to the DPPD Communications Center regarding an odor coming from the plant region,” Hemminger said. “We are in close contact with industry and have confirmed that the odor recognized is a standard part of the shutdown process and is expected to end within the next 12 hours.”

Please relay any concerns to the Deer Park Police Department at 281-479-1511.

Important messages from the City of Deer Park

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EMS/Medical transport

Due to storm conditions making it difficult or impossible to access both residential areas and regional medical facilities, the ability of Deer Park EMS to accept and transport patients is severely limited. Therefore, the City of Deer Park is asking that only life-threatening matters be relayed to EMS.

“Emergency responders will respond only when their own safety will not be threatened, and driving into flood waters could create a situation in which emergency personal cannot access your location,” Emergency Services Director Robert Hemminger said.. “The best thing people can do at this point is to shelter in place in their homes.”

City facilities to be closed Monday, August 28 – Curbside trash service WILL NOT run

Due to the severe flooding and hazardous conditions caused by Harvey, City facilities will be closed on Monday, August 28, 2017. City services, including routine curbside trash service, WILL NOT take place on Monday. Residents are advised that household trash and storm debris should NOT be placed curbside.

On that day, the priority for Emergency and City crews will be to continue collecting loose debris to ensure that drainage systems are maintained clear and running as smoothly as possible.

Additional updates will be provided as information becomes available.

Driver reminders – Deer Park a “NO WAKE” zone, residents encouraged to stay indoors

Residents of Deer Park are advised that the vast majority of the City is experiencing significant flooding at this time. Unless absolutely necessary, residents are encouraged to remain in their homes and not risk walking or driving through the high waters accumulating on both residential and main roadways.

As well, drivers are also reminded that the city has a "no wake" ordinance, and those in violation shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and fined up to $2,000 per offense.

"Given the significant flooding we are experiencing throughout the City, we are encouraging our residents to stay indoors and avoid the risk of driving or walking through high water," Emergency Services Director Robert Hemminger said. "If you are on the roads, please be mindful of the City's 'no wake' ordinance, and do not drive in a manner that causes damage to other vehicles or property."

Please report any safety concerns to the Deer Park Police Department at 281-479-1511.

City urges caution as floods continue

Written by InsideDP.com Staff. Posted in News

Residents of Deer Park are advised that the vast majority of the City is experiencing significant flooding at this time. Unless absolutely necessary, residents are encouraged to remain in their homes and not risk walking or driving through the high waters accumulating on both residential and main roadways.

According to the National Weather Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into ...hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. It takes six inches of moving water to knock over an adult, 12 inches of rushing water to move a small car and approximately two feet to carry away most other vehicles.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. Please report any safety concerns to the Deer Park Police Department at 281-479-1511.

Minor street flooding beginning to affect area

Written by InsideDP.com Staff. Posted in News

Deer Park residents are advised of minor street flooding in residential areas. At this time, the following streets/intersections have been impacted by high water:

- Center Street (300-600 blocks, intersection with 13th Street, 2900 block)
- P Street between Center and Texas
- East Blvd and San Augustine, northbound
- Wisdom Drive
- Lambuth Lane
- Georgia Avenue (400 and 800 blocks)
- Railroad Street at Robin Street
- West P Street
- San Augustine and Frio
- San Marcos at P Street
- Hastings Lane
- Hillshire Drive

A flash flood warning was issued for the Houston/Galveston area at 8:30AM with an estimated three-hour duration. The National Weather Service has also issued a standing flash flood warning through Tuesday.

“As we begin to see roadways impacted by high waters, we urge all residents to exercise caution,” Emergency Services Director Robert Hemminger said. “If you must leave your home and you come across a flooded street, take an alternative route.

“The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water. Attempting to drive through water may stall your engine and potentially cause irreversible damage if you try to restart the engine.”

Stay aware of current hazards associated with Hurricane Harvey via the link below.

http://www.weather.gov/hgx/

Texas coast braces for Harvey

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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The National Weather Service issued advisories for the Texas coast as Tropical Depression Harvey begins to strengthen. The slow-moving storm is expected to land as far north of Galveston by Friday, bringing up to 15 inches of rain over the weekend. 

City terminates contract with DPPD firing range contractor

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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After months of delays and improper work, city council and the Crime Control and Prevention District both unanimously voted to terminate the contract for construction of the Deer Park Police Department firing range and training center. At a joint meeting, council and the CCPD heard a list of ongoing and unresolved issues with the contractor regarding the overdue project.

Council passes all items on Tuesday's regular agenda

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park City Council unanimously approved all items at its Tuesday council meeting. During the meeting, council held two public hearings regarding the City, Crime Control and Prevention District and Fire Control and Prevention and Emergency Medical Services District. No one spoke against any of the budgets.

Long agenda set for Tuesday council meetings

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park City Council has a busy workshop and regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening. At 5:15 p.m., council will have a joint meeting with the Crime Control and Prevention District Board regarding construction of the gun range. The workshop begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.