When returning home after flooding please take the following precautions as advised by the Centers for Disease Control;
If you have had water in your house make sure gas and electricity are off at the breaker box. Do not work with standing water in your house with the electricity on. If you smell gas, have downed power lines or see frayed wiring, please call your utility company and evacuate the premises. Consult the utility company or a qualified electrician before using electrical equipment including gas power generators.
Chemical Hazards; Please use the following guidelines
If you discover a propane tank on your property that has come loose, please do not attempt to remove it yourself. Contact your local fire department. This poses a serious threat for fire or explosion.
For major mold concerns; consult a remediation company or check the helpful links page in this packet.
The County will let citizens know how to dispose of hazardous household chemicals. They send out a specific truck to pick them up. Please do not throw them in regular trash.
Health and Human Services Tetanus Booster
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services has received Tetanus vaccine and is offering free Tetanus boosters. SIMONTON FLYER TETANUS SPANISH
Flood waters may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems, and agricultural and industrial byproducts.
- There is risk of disease from eating or drinking anything contaminated with floodwater.
- Do not allow children to play in floodwater areas, wash children’s hands frequently (always before meals), and do not allow children to play with flood water contaminated toys that have not been disinfected.
- Keep open cuts and sores as clean as possible by washing well with soap. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.
Public Water Systems
If you are on a Public Water System (PWS), your municipality, water utility, or system owner will notify you of any unsafe drinking water conditions in the system and provide directions on what you can do to prevent exposure.
Fort Bend County does not provide water or sewer services. For issues concerning your home’s water system including quality of water, drainage, and retention concerns, or sewage back-up, contact your home’s city or MUD operator.
Ways to contact your city or MUD Operator:
- Your home’s water bill
- Fort Bend County website under MUDs and LIDs
- Fort Bend County Engineering http://fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=345neering page. Fort Bend County Interactive Public Mapping Site, click on Layers and enable FBC MUD and LIDS.
Private Water Well Systems
Private drinking water wells in flooded areas should always be considered contaminated. If your well or the area around it was flooded:
- STOP USING THE WATER FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION AND CONTACT.
- Use only bottled or boiled water as an alternative source for drinking, cooking (including washing food you eat raw), and bathing until you can disinfect your well and have a sample tested.
- Visit the Public Health Preparedness website for more information on steps to protect your health and disinfect your private well fbchealth.org
- TCEQ Disinfecting Your Private Well https://www.tceq.texas.gov/publications/gi/gi-432.html
EPA – What to Do After the Flood https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-05/documents/epa816f05021.pdf
Testing your water well system
Treat your well before testing
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will be helping the City of Simonton with the transportation of water well samples. They will start on Tuesday, September 12, delivering on Tuesdays and Thursdays up until Tuesday, September 26th.
Residents may drop their samples at FULSHEAR CITY HALL, 30603 FM 1093, FULSHEAR, TX 77441, between the hours of 8am and 11am on the following dates:
Tuesday, September 12
Thursday, September 14
Tuesday, September 19
Thursday, September 21
Tuesday, September 26
Please makes checks payable to the “City of Houston” for $ 16.50 and remember to have your check rubber banded around your well sample. Also remember not to over fill the sample bottle, if it is past the line, or too far under the line, it will not be accepted. Water well sample kits and forms can be picked up at Simonton City Hall or Fulshear City Hall.
PLEASE NOTE: After September 26th, we will notify residents of new procedure regarding water well testing via blackboard and the city website.
City of Houston Sampling
If residents desire to deliver their own water samples but do not want to drive to the City of Houston Lab, you can drop off kits at:
Envirodyne Laboratories, Inc
11011 Brooklet Dr. #230
Houston, TX 77099-3543 (located just outside BW 8 at US 59)
- Routinely accept samples Monday through Friday.
- The cost is $15 per sample.
- They have our own form. I have attached it for your use. Copy of Envirodyne Laboratories, Inc Form
- They have sample bottles to use as well.
Mosquito and Pest Control
Fort County Road and Bridge will eventually resume the process of spraying for mosquitoes in the mean time residents are urged to take the following precautions to help;
Keep all items that can hold water empty; buckets, garden tools, children’s toys, flower pots, bird baths, tires, tarps, etc. Keep debris from gutters and drainage ditches so they can drain. When possible trim back thick shrubbery and over grown grass. Standing water will attract the mosquitoes.
Different mosquitoes bite at different times and cause different problems. Mosquitoes that are day time biters are the cause of Chikungunya, Dengue and Zika viruses, dusk to dawn mosquitoes cause the West Nile virus.
If you need to be outside residents are encouraged to use products with DEET or another repellent with Picaridin Oil of Lemon, Eucalyptus, or IR3535. Wear loose light colored clothing and long sleeves. For further information call Health and Human Services 281-238-3551 or visit their website located on the helpful links page in this packet.
Supplies and Nonprofit Organizations
The city is working with local nonprofit organizations to provide supplies. The distribution point for Simonton residents to pick up items (such as cleanup kits) is at Red Potato Market.
Family Hope Ministry, 29810 FM 1093, Fulshear TX, Dale Olson – 832-492-5136
Family Hope is hosting a benefit to help for Flood Recovery survivors. For more information see the following link
Red Cross – Immediate Assistance – register at http://www.redcross.org/hhia
UPDATE 2017.9.21: The Red Cross Immediate Assistance website should be operational. All those who used the “Request for Red Cross to follow-up Form” have been logged into the Red Cross Immediate Assistance register.
Red Cross has provided a new resource for disaster recovery immediate assistance. For more information go to http://www.redcross.org/hhia . Anyone who is having a problem registering and qualifying with the Red Cross link should call 1-800-RED-CROSS to resolve the issue. If the issue is not resolved after calling Red Cross directly, you can fill out this form.
The city has placed 8 port-o-cans in the Valley Lodge area. They can be found at the following locations:
3 at Ropers
3 at the corner of Pony and Cavalry
2 at Little Dogie and East Boothill (by the bridge)
Case Management Services
Case Management services from Family Hope Ministry will begin at Simonton City Hall every Thursday from 12-2pm, starting next week Thursday, September 14th
Clean Up and Repair
The Simonton Church will have volunteers to help with remediation. Remediation companies will also be in our area to assist with clean up. Please get quotes and ask questions. Unfortunately, some companies are not as reputable as others. To assist with determining remediation costs, please see the following form:
The City is working with the County for debris removal Services. A schedule for pickups is pending and will be updated shortly. Please make sure NOT to block drainage ditches with house hold debris. Debris needs to be sorted according to the following guidelines 2017 Separating Your Debris on the curb of your property. FBC Debris Management Notice
Our streets are going to be very crowded and narrow due to the trash, please take care when driving. Please do not block access to the mailboxes.
Texas Pride Disposal and Sprint Waste are working with the City to provide all residents with the best available services during our time of need. A fee schedule for dumpsters is pending for when reconstruction begins.
Any area rugs need to be steam cleaned and placed in the sun to allow to dry. Minor damaged upholstered furniture should be dried in the sun and sprayed with disinfectant. Take care to dispose of any furniture that is too heavily damaged as mold will grow.
If sewage has backed up into the house, wear rubber gloves and boots during clean up. This would include flood waters in rural areas with livestock in the immediate surrounding areas as these areas are laden with livestock feces.
Working with FEMA
FEMA reps will be in our area very soon assessing the damage. If you have not registered with FEMA please do so on line at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. Anyone stating they are a FEMA rep should present federal ID. They do not ask for money. FEMA local disaster recovery centers will be set up in our area and that information will be made available as soon as we get it.
Farmers may file for specific assistance at www.fsa.usda.gov
The closest FSA offices are in Rosenberg 1402 Band Rd 281-232-6898 and Angleton 711 N Velasco St. 979-549-0235
Building Permit Process
NOTICE: DO NOT BEGIN CONSTRUCTION OR DEMOLITION OF YOUR BUILDING BEFORE YOU ARE PERMITTED BY THE CITY. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE INITIAL DEBRIS REMOVAL FROM YOUR RESIDENTIAL BUILDING. IF YOU NEED CLARIFICATION CALL CITY HALL AT 281-533-9809.
The Simonton Building Permit Office is open Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm and Friday 8am-12noon.
1 Remove debris and remediate the property
TAKE NOTE OF THE COST OF REMEDIATION (See Form Above)
2 Fill out the following Flood Damage Application
3. Email documents
(tip: all of the forms can be on the same email addressed to each email address)
Itemized costs for Items totals to be Included on the Bid/Proposal should include:
- All structural elements, including:
- Spread or continuous foundation footings and pilings
- Monolithic or other types of concrete slabs
- Bearing walls, tie beams and trusses
- Joists, beams, subflooring, framing
- Floors and ceilings
- Attached decks and porches
- Interior partition walls
- Exterior wall finishes (brick, stucco, siding) including painting and moldings
- Windows and doors
- Re-shingling or retiling a roof
- All interior finishing elements, including:
- Tiling, linoleum, stone, or carpet over subflooring
- Bathroom tiling and fixtures
- Wall finishes (drywall, painting, stucco, plaster, paneling, marble, etc.)
- Kitchen, utility and bathroom cabinets
- Built-in bookcases, cabinets, and furniture
- All utility and service equipment, including:
- HVAC equipment
- Plumbing and electrical services
- Light fixtures and ceiling fans
- Security systems
- Built-in kitchen appliances
- Central vacuum systems
- Water filtration, conditioning, or re circulation systems
- Cost to demolish storm-damaged building components (a.k.a.Remediation)
- Labor and other costs associated with moving or altering undamaged building components to accommodate improvements or additions
- Overhead and profits
- The value of all volunteer labor including the homeowner must be included in the costs.
- The value of all donated or discounted materials must be included in the costs.
Items to be Excluded:
- Plans and Specifications
- Survey costs
- Permit fees
- Post-storm debris removal and clean up – (Debris brought to road)
- Carpeting and recarpeting installed over finished flooring such as wood or tiling
- Plug in appliances such as washing machines, dryers, stoves, etc.
- Outside improvements, including:
- Yard lights
- Swimming pools
- Screened pool enclosures
- Detached structures (including garages, sheds and gazebos)
- Landscape irrigation systems
This Permit Application is for repair of residential type structures where the repair is less than 51% of the total valuation of the structure as listed by Ft. Bend County Appraisal District. The City contracted Jones and Carter to perform one inspection on the building before the rebuilding process.
- ALL contractors MUST submit a Contractor Registration Form.
- ALL contractors MUST submit a Contractor-affidavit-flood-damage-permit-RW.
If the Flood Damage Permit Application is denied or the building needs to be improved structurally or rebuilt entirely, the resident will be notified by the inspector. If this situation exists, the resident will need to fill out additional permits and fees will apply.
Step Four INSPECTIONS
Jones|Carter will be in the area to perform the initial flood damage inspections of the buildings in the Simonton area on Monday, September 11, 2017. Home owners are not required to be present during the inspection, however, Jones|Carter will need to coordinate inspections, that is not gathered on Monday, around home owners schedule for each individual property. For more information click here: Jones and Carter Letter
If Home is Found to Be Substantially Damaged (if applicable)
If the Flood Damage permit application is denied or the building needs to be improved structurally or rebuilt entirely, you will be notified by the City Engineer. At this point, you will need to fill out the following building permit and flood plain permit applications. There is a fee associated with the residential and flood permit applications. The fee varies depending on the structures valuation.
(rebuild/Demo) Please fill out the Residential Permit Application RW 2
Please fill out the flood plain permit adopted 20141021
2017 RV Permit Application
Fill out the following form
HELPFUL WEBSITES AND PAMPHLETS TO REFERENCE