“The physical devastation that accompanies a flood is enormous. But as the flood waters recede, there may be more threats to your personal health and safety. By taking some basic precautions, you can help prevent many injuries as well as the possibility of some diseases. In the midst of all this water, remember that heat or cold can play a major role in your personal health. Drink plenty of fluids, avoid caffeine, and do not wait to get thirsty. When possible, take a break, being careful not to get any more exhausted than you already may be. Do not add weather-related health problems like heat, stress or hypothermia to your other problems. The weeks after a flood are going to be rough. In addition to your physical health, you need to take some time to consider your mental health as well. Remember that some sleeplessness, or anxiety, anger, hyperactivity, mild depression, or lethargy are normal, and may go away with time. If you feel any of these symptoms acutely, seek some counseling. Your state and local health departments will help you find the local resources, including hospitals or health care providers, that you may need.” (http://simontontexas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/CDC-Flood.pdf)
To assist with determining remediation costs city hall has included a form “Remediation Costs – Itemized” on the 2017 Flood Recovery tab found here http://simontontexas.gov/2017-flood-recovery/ This tab will include other important recovery information when it becomes available. We anticipate having the debris pickup schedule and well water drop off schedule shortly.
The Texas Baptist Men are offering free boxes to any displaced family that needs to pack and move items to prepare for mud-out and cleaning crews. Boxes can be picked up at the southeast parking lot at Kingsland Baptist Church. Between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM drive to the large metal building at the back of the property where volunteers are handing out the boxes – address: Kingsland Baptist Church, 20555 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, Texas 77450.
As the City of Simonton transitions from an emergency operations status to recovery phase, Simonton City Hall will resume regular hours of operations starting tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We are working with Fort Bend County’s Office of Emergency Management regarding debris removal, and as additional details become available they will be passed on to you.
Please remember that only household garbage should be bagged, and all remediation debris (including leaves and branches) must be un-bagged. Refer to the debris sorting guidelines to avoid pickup delays: http://simontontexas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-Separating-Your-Debris.pdf
Clean-up supplies continue to be distributed from Red Potato Market as they become available. They plan to be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Alternately supplies can be picked up at Parkway Fellowship Church through Friday between 2 to 5 p.m. (FM 1463 Rd & FM 1093 Rd).
Residents with flood damage may begin registering for FEMA assistance. Information can be found at this this link: http://fbcoem.org/registering-for-fema-assistance/
The Salvation Army will have a food truck providing lunch on Tuesday beginning at 11:30 at Ropers. Don’t forget: Dinner will be served at Simonton Community Church from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. this evening through Friday.
Please keep safety at the forefront of everything you do. Thank you.
After the mandatory evacuation order was lifted Sunday afternoon, the Simonton EOC turned its focus on safety and security considerations, as well as coordinating with agencies and non-profit organizations on providing assistance and supplies to our residents.
First and foremost, please watch out for your safety as well as your neighbors’. Be sure to review the information the City posted online on precautions to take when returning to a flooded house: http://simontontexas.gov/2017-flood-recovery/
When parking vehicles on roadways and placing debris on the side of the road, remember to allow enough room for emergency vehicles, mail delivery and debris removal trucks to safely pass.
A detailed debris separation guide, with reminders to not place debris in your driveway or obstruct ditches, is online: http://simontontexas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-Separating-Your-Debris.pdf
Please take note of the following assistance:
• Distribution of water and cleaning supplies will take place at the Red Potato Market from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Supplies are also available at Parkway Fellowship (at the intersection of FM 1093 and FM 1463) from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• ESD #4 has deployed two water tanker trucks, one staged at Roper’s and the other is driving around Valley Lodge, to provide residents non-potable water for cleaning.
• The Salvation Army will be providing lunch today to flooded residents, starting around 11:30 a.m. at the Roper’s parking lot.
• Volunteers at Simonton Community Church plan to serve dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for the next few days.
For safety and security reasons, the City is keeping the curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. in effect. State police officers have been assigned to our City. They can be identified by their green uniforms, and are driving unmarked police vehicles. Fort Bend County Sheriff’s officers and other law enforcement will also be patrolling our neighborhoods. If you see suspicious activity, please call 911.
The Simonton City Hall will resume regular hours of operation tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please keep safety at the forefront of everything you do. Thank you.
Following assessments by the State, County and City, the decision has been made to lift the mandatory evacuation order and allow access to Valley Lodge effective @ 3:30 p.m. today (Sunday, Sept. 3rd, 2017).
Please review the information the City posted online about returning to a flooded house and the precautions you need to take: http://simontontexas.gov/2017-flood-recovery/
For safety and security reasons, the City is keeping the curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. in effect. State police officers have been assigned to our City. They can be identified by their green uniforms, and are driving unmarked police vehicles. State and Fort Bend County Sheriff’s officers will be patrolling our neighborhoods. If you see suspicious activity call 911.
When parking vehicles on roadways and placing debris on the curb, don’t forget to allow passage for emergency vehicles as well as debris removal trucks.
Please watch out for your safety as well as your neighbors. Thank you.
The City of Simonton’s mandatory evacuation is still in effect.
Assessment teams from the City of Simonton, Fort Bend County Road & Bridge, and CenterPoint completed evaluations and shared their findings with the Simonton EOC this afternoon.
When access back to homes is granted, please keep in mind the following information.
Two roads – Ranchero and Bridle – continue to be covered by high water levels and are deemed unsafe at this time. Barricades have been placed on these roads to block access.
Some streets are partially blocked by trees, and crews are working to clear them. The teams have identified deep potholes that can damage vehicles on certain roads, so please drive cautiously.
Electricity is working in the neighborhood, but please be cautious. If water rose into a house a foot or more (i.e. over outlets) it’s highly recommended that the breaker to the house be turned off. In addition to electrocution risk, arcing wires can lead to fires. Contact an electrician for an inspection before turning the power back on.
During the assessments, several floating and displaced propane tanks were sighted. If you find a tank that is leaking, call 911 immediately as it poses a serious threat for fire or explosion. Please do not attempt to remove such tanks yourself. Contact your propane distributor for reconnections and/or inspections.
Cases of water and cleaning supplies are available at the following distribution points:
• First United Methodist Church – Fulshear (address: 8201 Harris St, Fulshear): Distributing cleaning supplies and basic items like toothpaste, shampoo etc.; Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Parkway Fellowship (location: Intersection of FM 1463 and FM 1093): Distributing cleaning supplies and other items; Hours of operation are 2 to 5 p.m. each day.
• Red Potato Market (address: 9114 FM-1489, Simonton): Some supplies available today, with plans for Red Cross to deliver additional materials over the next several days.
When you start remediating a flooded house, be sure to follow the debris separation requirements to avoid delays in pick-ups. Debris separation details are available online.
Additional information on returning to flooded houses and the precautions you need to take is posted on the City’s website @ http://simontontexas.gov/2017-flood-recovery/.
The 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew continue to be in effect for safety and security reasons.
Please stay safe and watch for additional updates.
The water in the Valley Lodge area continues to recede with a recorded major reduction over last night. The city is now able to begin the assessment procedure to ensure the safety of the area. Centerpoint will begin their assessments of the electrical equipment including electrical poles, transmitters, and meters. Once Centerpoint gives us an all clear, Fort Bend County Road and Bridge will begin their assessment of roads, remove debris, and place barricades should there be areas that are not accessible. We anticipate this process will run until late this evening. Once Road and Bridge provides the city with the all clear notice, the city will post the date and time that residents can begin to pick up supplies from Simonton Community Church and return to their homes to begin the recovery process. The city has created a “2017 Flood Recovery” tab on the city website home page (http://simontontexas.gov/) for residents to begin reviewing procedures of the recovery process. We want to thank you for your continued support in this difficult time. Simonton EOC will have updates daily at 10am and 4pm until the city removes the mandatory evacuation notice. Lastly, Simonton Community Church will begin serving dinner tonight at 6:30 pm and will continue to provide dinner to residents until September 8th, 2017.
An order of mandatory curfew has been issued on September 1, 2017, at 12:00 noon effective through September 15, 2017, for the entire City of Simonton jurisdiction. This is by no means permission to reenter the restricted area. The curfew is between the hours of 10pm and 6am preventing persons without authority from being upon the public streets or right-of-way located within the City of Simonton. This will greatly assist law enforcement in protecting against further loss. Fort Bend County has also issued a curfew for the unincorporated area until September 6, 2017, between the hours of 12 midnight to 6am.
The City of Simonton, along with Fort Bend County and other agencies are continually monitoring water levels. The Brazos River water level continues to recede throughout the area. Once access roads are passable, CenterPoint will be able to conduct inspections.
If you know and or anticipate flooding in your home, we highly encourage you to register with FEMA.
How to Register
Texans can register the following ways:
· online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
· phone 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
The City of Simonton, along with Fort Bend County and other agencies are continually monitoring water levels. The Brazos River water level continues to recede and some dry areas have been reported. However, swift currents remain in certain areas making it unsafe for residents to enter. We understand many are anxious to return to their homes, however, for safety reasons, it will be necessary for all flooded streets to be assessed for stability. CenterPoint Energy will also complete an assessment of power poles, meters, and circuit panels. Until all inspections are complete, residents will not be allowed to return to their homes for their own safety.
Please remember, the Mandatory Evacuation is still in effect.
Simonton Community Church in cooperation with other churches will provide dinner for flood victims, volunteers, and first responders each night next starting on September 3rd-8th, from 6:00pm-7:30pm in the Family Life Center. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up through http://simontonchurch.org/.
Please continue to monitor the City’s website for regular updates.