League City is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Imelda. The City’s Emergency Management Department is in regular communications with the National Weather Service Office located in League City. The tropical storm has the chance bring 8 inches or more of rain to Galveston County between Tuesday and Friday.
City Crews Inspecting Drains and Placed on Standby for Emergency Assistance
League City Public Works crews are currently in the midst of the City’s pre-storm drainage system inspection process. This includes visual inspection of inlets, outfalls, gutter lines, and open water courses such as ditches, gullies, and canals. Citizens who observe blockages to any of these are asked to call 311 (which is manned 24 hours a day) or report their concern via the City’s request tracker at http://www.leaguecity.com/requesttracker.aspx. Several City departments, including Streets and Traffic, Stormwater, Police, and Fire have staff on standby ready to assist with street barricades and flooding, debris removal, and any other emergency assistance should the need arise.
What you can do to assist?
League City residents are being asked to survey their property to secure items that could be blown or float into inlets and gutter lines. This will help avoid blockages to inlets and water pathways. As of this posting, trash service will operate as normal, but residents are asked to avoid putting trash bags and cans in drainage ditches and channels, and to assist neighbors with removing cans from the street once trash has been picked up.
Turn Around Don’t Drown
Residents are also being reminded that during extended periods of heavy rainfall, water levels on a street can quickly rise, and the rate at which water is flowing can quickly change. It only takes 6 inches of water to knock you off your feet. It takes just 12 inches of water to carry off a small car; 18 to 24 inches for larger vehicles. Do not walk or drive into water. When approaching a flooded street, turn around, don’t drown. More than half of the death’s from flooding each year occur in vehicles.