Disaster Declaration and Curfew Order issued September 13
Mayor Vajdos has issued a Disaster Declaration for Spring Valley Village that coincides with the Disaster Declaration, issued by Governor Abbott, earlier today. A Curfew Order has also gone into effect. For more information, click on the links below:
City Offices Closed for Business on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. In anticipation of Tropical Storm Nicholas, Spring Valley Village City Offices and Public Works will be closed for normal business beginning at 4:30 pm on Monday, September 13, 2021, and until the storm has passed and any recovery efforts that may be needed are completed.
Garbage Service Cancelled for Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Due to the inclement weather, WCA/GFL has canceled garbage service for Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Please do not set out your garbage totes or bags. Garbage and recycling services will resume on Friday, September 17, 2021.
Weather Preparedness: Tropical Storm Nicholas The City of Spring Valley Village, in conjunction with the Village Fire Department as the Villages’ Emergency Management Coordinator, is closely monitoring the development of Tropical Storm Nicholas and has begun preparations to ensure that we are equipped to respond to whatever severe weather may occur over the next few days. While the storm track appears to be more certain, this storm has changed daily over the two days. While it will definitely bring heavy rain, there is still uncertainty concerning where the heavy rain will be and exactly what to expect, so please pay close attention to the changing conditions of Tropical Storm Nicholas.
As Tropical Storm Nicholas nears our area, we all need to take steps to be ready for the effects of this storm. We should prepare for moderate winds and heavy rainfall. City crews will continue inspecting and clearing debris from storm drain inlets and drainage ditches along the major thoroughfares. We ask that you take a look at the inlets and drainage ditches on the side streets and near your home to remove any leaves or debris that could restrict storm water from entering the inlets or flowing through the drainage ditches.
So what can you do to prepare? Here are some tips:
· Please do not park on the street if at all possible. Debris can get caught under cars and could impact emergency services response times. · You may want to lower the level of the water in your pool so that there is available room to accommodate any rainfall that may occur. It is not recommended that you drain your pool completely as pools have been known to rise out of the ground when the soil is saturated. But lowering the level by 12 inches or less is generally safe. · As with any storm, have batteries and emergency lighting. The City does not manage or control the electrical service in our area. A great website to have is the CenterPoint Energy Electric Outage Center http://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/residential/services/electric-utility/outage-center?sa=ho. This website will provide you with information about known outages and expected restoration times. You can also sign up to receive automatic alerts on your phone at this site. Calling the City or our emergency services will not expedite the restoration of any electrical service. · If you need medical assistance as a result of a power outage, please call 911. Only contact 911 if you have a medical emergency due to the power outage. For regular power outage issues, please contact CenterPoint Energy. · Secure outdoor furniture and any other items that could become airborne should wind gusts hit the area. Please instruct your lawn care companies not to leave bags of lawn debris out during this storm as we have had previous issues with these bags floating and blocking inlets and ditches. Turn off your sprinkler system. · Keep in mind that typical household items, yard decorations, garbage bags or carts can block drainage systems during heavy rain events. Please bring in and secure items that are outside of your home so those items don’t create drainage problems for your neighbors. · If you have a pre-existing medical condition that you want to be sure the City’s emergency services are aware of in case this becomes an extended weather incident, please contact the non-emergency phone for the Police Department at 713-465-8323 and your information will be put on file. · In the event that you see trees or tree limbs down across streets that would impede access by emergency vehicles, please call 911. · If the streets become submerged, STAY HOME and off the roads as much as possible. Stay abreast of the conditions through our local media, the City’s website, and the City’s Facebook page.
Cancellation: Municipal Court Docket - September 15, 2021 Municipal Court for Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 8:30 am has been canceled due to inclement weather. Once the weather event is over, the Municipal Court staff will notify defendants of a rescheduled court date.