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UPDATE: Solid Waste Services
The City’s municipal solid waste provider WCA Waste Corp. has notified that trash services will run as normal on Thursday, Aug. 27. However, all recycling services are suspended for Thursday. Residents are advised to place containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure pick-up.
According to the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service, Hurricane Laura is strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall by early Thursday, Aug. 27 as a major hurricane.
The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated and is currently at Level II (High Readiness). A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Missouri City and officials continue to monitor the progression of this storm, but no evacuations have been ordered thus far.
Citizens are advised to be prepared and follow the latest updates on Hurricane Laura. And, to stay connected, staff has compiled a few frequently asked questions:
All real-time emergency updates will be made on the City’s two official Emergency Management outlets www.missouricityready.com and www.twitter.com/MissouriCityEM. Residents are strongly encouraged to follow these channels for all the latest emergency updates. Information will also be available on the other City outlets including Facebook; Nextdoor; Twitter; the City’s main website, www.missouricitytx.gov; Missouri City Television (MCTV) and 1690 AM radio station as they become available.
Yes, www.MissouriCityReady.com and citizens may sign-up to receive alerts during an emergency.
Not as of noon Wednesday, Aug. 26.
No, shelters will be set-up if the need arises.
Residents are advised to secure loose items from your yard and keep windows/doors secured. In addition, please move cars from roads to garages/driveways to avoid getting flooded, allow proper drainage of rainwater to storm sewers and clear roads for easy passage for emergency vehicles.
Citizens may contact Fort Bend County by calling 281.342.3411.
The City’s municipal solid waste provider WCA Waste Corp. has suspended all services including recycling as of 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 26. Depending on the impact of Hurricane Laura in the region, normal waste services may resume Thursday, Aug. 27. Any changes to this will be shared on all communication outlets.
Residents are encouraged to keep trashcans inside tonight due to the high wind probability with Hurricane Laura. If the storm passes without major impact to the region, citizens may place the containers out by 7 a.m. on Thursday to be picked up.
To ensure the safety of employees and residents, the Quail Valley Golf Course has modified operation hours as follows:
The Recreation & Tennis Center will close by 5 p.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 26. Operations may resume at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday pending impacts of the hurricane.
To report traffic signal outage, please call the non-emergency line at 281.403.8700.
To report trees on roads/sidewalks, please call the non-emergency line at 281.403.8700.
The home owner/renter is responsible for removing fallen trees (or other debris) from their property.
To report street damage or flooding, please call the non-emergency line at 281.403.8700.
To report power outages or a downed power line, citizens may contact CenterPoint Energy by calling 713.207.2222 or 800.332.7143 or visiting their Storm Center website page via this link: https://bit.ly/32upuf8.
For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX and Nextdoor, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store.)
UPDATE Aug. 26 10:30 p.m.:
Tropical Storm Warning for Fort Bend County is now cancelled.
UPDATES Aug. 25 3 p.m.:
Hurricane Laura is expected to make landfall as a major hurricane (category 3) late Wednesday (Aug. 26) and early Thursday (Aug. 27). As of 10 a.m. today, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Missouri City. Residents encouraged to stay prepared and follow the official emergency communication outlets for the latest updates.
Fort Bend is designated as a “Pass Through” county for evacuations. Thus, coastal communities that are part of today’s voluntary evacuations, could be passing through State Highway 6 and there could be increased traffic. In addition, to support with any evacuations, all tolls in the area are waived until Friday, Aug. 28.
Fort Bend Independent School District is closing their facilities and cancelling online classes for Wednesday and Thursday.
Southeast Texas is preparing for consecutive storms in the coming days. Tropical Storm Marco is projected to cross the region between Tuesday (Aug. 25) night and Wednesday (Aug. 26) morning. The current track shows Marco decreasing to a Tropical Depression by the time it reaches the area.
Tropical Storm Laura is expected to become a hurricane when it makes landfall over the Texas/Louisiana border between Wednesday (Aug. 26) night and Thursday (Aug. 27) morning.
Missouri City is on the edge of both current cones for Marco and Laura, and the trajectory is subject to change. Marco is expected to bring rain to the area. However, Laura is expected to bring rain and strong winds with possible flash flooding.
To be properly prepared for inclement weather, residents should:
City staff will closely monitor updates from the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center, and will also monitor roadway conditions throughout the City. If you experience high water or flooding, please call 281.403.8700.
Residents are discouraged to drive through high water areas, and remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Fort Bend county including Missouri City from now until 7 a.m. Sunday, July 26. Rainfall totals of 2-4″ are expected in these areas with isolated higher totals of 6-8″ possible with Tropical Storm Hanna. The system is on track to make landfall tomorrow, July 25 near Corpus Christi as a hurricane.
Residents are encouraged to take necessary precautions and monitor local weather reports before travelling around the area and sign up for emergency alerts on www.MissouriCityReady.com and Twitter—@MissouriCityEM.
Additionally, keep the streets clear of vehicles/debris to allow safe passage for our Public Safety and Public Works vehicles, keep the drainage system clean and protect your vehicle. Avoid traveling through flooded areas, and remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
City staff will be monitoring all roadway conditions, if there are areas of concern in your community, please call 281.403.8700. Officials also stress the importance of keeping a list of informational resources for reference. Recommendations for City residents include:
In accordance with Fort Bend and Harris Counties, Mayor Yolanda Ford is issuing a local order requiring that face coverings (homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, and handkerchiefs) be worn in all local businesses and workplaces by employees and patrons. Order No. O-20-02 will be in effect on June 28 at 12:01 a.m. and it further addresses the City’s need to ensure the safety and protection of citizens, public servants, visitors and stakeholders as the number of COVID-19 cases escalates in the region.
As of today—Friday, June 26, there are a total of 529 positive cases in Missouri City, with 485 in Fort Bend County and 44 in Harris County. The statewide increase has been 5,000 plus new cases per day for the last three days with 5,707 new cases today.
“The rising number of cases in the region is alarming and we need to do everything possible to curb this virus from spreading,” said Mayor Yolanda Ford. “We continue to have the highest number of cases in Fort Bend County, so let’s come together as a community and do our part by wearing masks, washing hands and socially distancing ourselves, to ensure that Missouri City does not turn into a severe COVID-19 hot spot.”
The MCTX order specifies that:
The Missouri City policy does not require face coverings to be worn in the following circumstances:
To review the full signed MCTX facial protection order, Click Here.
This order mirrors the existing orders from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, which began Monday, June 22 and Fort Bend County Judge K. P. George, which went into effect on Thursday, June 25. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also issued several executive orders this week that paused the re-opening of Texas, limited outside gatherings, closed bars/clubs and more. View details below:
Also, today Harris County’s COVID-19 threat level was elevated to ‘Level 1 – Stay Home’, which signifies a severe and uncontrolled level of COVID-19 within the region, meaning outbreaks are present and worsening and that testing and contact tracing capacity is strained or exceeded. At this level, the public is advised to minimize contacts with others wherever possible and avoid leaving home except for the most essential needs like going to the grocery store for food and medicine.
MCTX residents who experience symptoms or who were exposed to a COVID-19 patient may get tested using one of the testing options listed below:
In addition to wearing masks when outside, officials reiterate the importance of practicing healthy hygiene habits and taking the following precautions to help contain this public health crisis:
In other MCTX operational updates, Municipal Court located at 3845 Cartwright Rd., is closed to public until further notice. All dockets for next week are canceled and virtual dockets will resume beginning Tuesday, July 7.
For latest updates on COVID-19 and other emergency updates, residents may sign up to receive alerts and receive real-time information through the MCTX Emergency Management website, www.MissouriCityReady.com and the MCTX Twitter account, Twitter.com/MissouriCityEM.
For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX and Nextdoor, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store).