Mark Brown II appointed as Council Member Position 1

The City of Richwood congratulates Mark Brown II on his appointment to fill the unexpired term of Council Position 1.

Council member Brown is a long-time resident of Brazoria County who resides in the City of Richwood.  Mr. Brown attended K-12 in BISD schools and graduated from Brazoswood High School in 2000. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management with a focus on Business Management.  Mr. Brown currently works for The Dow Chemical Company as a Technologist. He is married to Sarah (Malzman) Brown, also a long-time resident of Brazoria County, who raises their two daughters, Aubrey & Skylar.   Mr. Brown and his family continue to give back to the community by providing their time and donation of items to improve the community and lives of individuals.

Please join us in welcoming Council member Brown!

FLOOD AND DRAINAGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

FLOOD AND DRAINAGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Your input is valuable in determining the future of our city!

Richwood City Council is searching for a small group of Richwood residents and/or business owners to serve as a flood and drainage advisory committee. This committee will help create and implement a plan to address both the short-term and long-term flooding and drainage issues that we are currently facing.

Council would like the committee to begin meeting as soon as possible.

Residents and the Business Community are encouraged to lead the process in making improvements for our city.

If you are interested, please contact City Manager, Michael Coon or City Secretary, Giani Cantu at Richwood City Hall at 979-265-2082.

 

Council Position #1 Vacancy

Council Vacancy - Position #1 - Councilmember by Appointment

UPDATE: ALL CANDIDATES WILL NEED TO BE PRESENT AT THE SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017 AT 6:30 PM FOR THE INTERVIEW PROCESS 

ANNOUNCEMENT

The City of Richwood is seeking applications from citizens interested in serving an unexpired term for Richwood City Council Position #1, which expires in May of 2018.

An eligible applicant must be a registered voter in Brazoria County and have resided within the Richwood City limits continuously for at least six months.

The City Council meets regularly on the second Monday of each month.  Meetings begin at 6:00 P.M. and continue until all agenda items have been discussed.

City Councilmembers will hold workshops and other time obligations in addition to the City Council meetings.Preview Changes

Applications for appointment to City Council Position #1 are available at City Hall, 1800 Brazosport Blvd, Richwood, TX 77531 or on the website at www.richwoodtx.gov.

To be considered, original signed applications must be received at the address noted below no later than 4:00 pm on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017  

City of Richwood

City Secretary

1800 Brazosport Blvd

Richwood, TX 77531

To request additional information, please contact City Secretary, Giani Cantu at 979-265-2082 or gcantu@richwoodtx.gov

Council Vacancy Packet

 

Press Release: Utility Billing

NEWS RELEASE

Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 11 AM

Official Update: Utility Billing

The City of Richwood would like to make it known that any resident or business that is currently displaced due to the flooding can contact City Hall and request a suspension of their water and wastewater services effective as of the billing cycle that started on September 9, 2017. Upon the request for suspension the City will turn off the water at the requested address until such time that the property owner is ready to have services restored.

The next batch of utility bills will be sent out early this week and will cover services provided between August 9th and September 8th. The services for this billing cycle will still be billed. However, for those residents and businesses that flooded, the City is suspending all late fees and penalties through December 31, 2017. After December 31st, the City will continue to work with those that were flooded on a case by case basis.

If you have any questions or if you would like to request a suspension of your services, please visit City Hall or call 979-265-2082 for assistance.

City of Richwood Update: Town Hall

NEWS RELEASE

Friday, September 22,  2017 @ 9 AM

Official Update: Town Hall

On Thursday, September 28th at 6:30 PM the City of Richwood will be hosting a Town Hall meeting with regards to the recent flooding. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria at Polk Elementary, which is located at 600 Audubon Woods Dr.

Recovery & Debris Clean-Up

NEWS RELEASE

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 5 PM

Official Update: Recovery & Debris Clean-Up

The City of Richwood has an interlocal agreement with the County for debris pickup. The County has contracted the debris removal services to Crowder Gulf, who has already started picking up debris and appliances within the City limits. You should be able to recognize the official contractors that are removing debris by the placards on their vehicles or trailers that carry the Crowder Gulf logo (C/G).

FEMA has informed the City that it could take up to 21 days for a FEMA inspector to come and inspect a home once the proper claim has been filed. FEMA has provided the following assurance with regards to debris removal.

“Cleaning up and making temporary repairs to your storm-damaged property will not disqualify you from federal disaster assistance. Property owners are encouraged to document storm damage to their properties—either with photographs or video—and to then begin cleaning up and making whatever temporary repairs are necessary to make their homes safe and habitable again. Put your health and safety first, take pictures of your damaged home, make repairs to prevent further damage to your property, and keep your receipts to show the inspector.”

FEMA has also informed the City that they no longer plan on having their representatives go door-to-door to help people sign up for FEMA assistance. The FEMA representatives have said that instead they will be working out of Our Lady Queen of Peace for at least this Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 6 PM.

For those residents that may need rides to Our Lady Queen of Peace to talk to a FEMA representative, the Unity Baptist Church of Richwood has offered to pick people up and shuttle them to and from the school. If you need assistance with a ride, you can call (713) 302-9319.

FEMA Public Assistance

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Official Update: FEMA Public Assistance

Tomorrow, September 15th a team of FEMA representatives will be going door to door to speak with residents in the areas that were impacted by the flooding to address the concerns and needs of our residents. These FEMA representatives should have a picture ID badge visible at all times. 

Also, on Monday, September 18th a FEMA mobile-assistance trailer will be set up in the parking lot of First Baptist Richwood (2400 Brazosport Blvd N), and will be helping residents from 9am to 6pm. Depending on demand, the mobile-assistance trailer could also return to First Baptist Richwood for Tuesday and possibly even more days after that.

City of Richwood Official Update: Flood Cleanup

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 6 PM

Official Update: Flood Recovery

As a reminder, all the evacuations have been lifted and all portions of the sewer system are now operational.

Most of the streets are now clear of water. However, there are still some streets that remain impassable by smaller vehicles. Â

As the city transitions into recovery mode, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be open at 8 A.M tomorrow, September 9th and then close at 5 P.M. Starting on Monday, September 11th City Hall will resume its normal operating hours as the city works through the recovery process.

The Richwood Volunteer Fire Department and Police Department would like to provide a meal to the residents tomorrow as everyone works hard to begin cleaning up after the flooding. Tomorrow from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. residents can stop by Polk Elementary for hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and water.

Updates will be provided as additional information becomes available. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082.

 

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 4 PM

Official Update: Flood Cleanup

If you have regular garbage that was not picked up during the week, Waste Connections has provided two (2) roll-off containers across the street from the Richwood Fire Station at 215 Halbert. These roll-off dumpsters are only for regular household garbage. Please do not put any chemicals, paints, electronics, or construction debris in the roll-offs.

Richwood Municipal Park and Larry Johnson Park are closed until further notice. Both parks were flooded and the equipment and facilities will need to be decontaminated.

The Richwood McCoy’s, at 1300 Hwy 288B, will be giving out free buckets with cleaning supplies starting tomorrow, Saturday, September 9th at 7 A.M.

Please continue to follow the updates being posted to the City’s website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City’s Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082.

City of Richwood Official Update: All Evacuations Lifted

Friday, September 8, 2017 @ 10 AM

Official Update: Evacuations Lifted
All evacuations orders are being lifted at this time.

As you return to your homes please exercise caution. If there are flood waters in your streets, please remember to exercise caution as the flood water do contain contaminants.

The city is continuing to perform the safety inspections and the City of Freeport is sending three additional inspectors to help the process move quicker. With that being said, you do not have to wait for the safety inspection to start cleaning out your home. At this time, we do not believe that any homes were damaged to the point that they are structurally unsound.

Please continue to follow the updates being posted to the City’s website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City’s Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock throughout the emergency.

Official City Update: Flooding

Official City Update: Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 6 pm

Throughout the day we have continued to see the flood waters recede. The city is still working on getting the impacted sections of the sewer system back up and running. So, at this time all the evacuation orders are still in place.

HEB is donating cleaning supplies for those effected by the flooding.  Anyone needing these supplies may go to the Lake Jackson Recreation Center Friday, September 8, 2017 beginning at 12 pm to 6 pm and Saturday, September 9, 2017 beginning at 8 am until supplies are gone.  There will also be a tractor trailer truck full of ice we will also be distributing out to those in need.

Lowe's will be distributing their Blue Buckets to those effected by the storm beginning Monday, September 11, 2017 beginning at 7 am until supplies are gone.

The mandatory curfew is still in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Throughout the night we will have additional personnel patrolling the City and keeping their eyes out for any more rising water.

Please continue to follow the updates being posted to the City's website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City's Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock throughout the emergency.

Official City Update: Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 11 am

The flood water continues to recede and the city is continuing its pumping operations to help move the water out as quickly as possible.

Roads in Audubon Woods 2 & 3, which includes Cardinal Drive, Eagle Nest Ct, Hummingbird Ct, Gold Finch Ct, Jay Ct, Meadowlark Ct, Blue Jay Ct. and Cardinal Ct, are now open and passable.  Highway 2004 from Old Angleton Road to 288B is now open.

All of the roads in Audubon Woods 1 subdivision, while they have seen recession, still remain under water and impassable.  We are asking all residents to not enter barricaded streets with vehicles as there is still water on the roads in those areas.

Currently, all evacuation orders remain in place, while city crews work to ensure that the sewer system is operating at full capacity.

Safety assessments have been completed on all commercial areas off of 2004 and 288B and residential areas in the 200 of block of Moore and San Saba.  We will continue updates as they are reported back to us.

The city has received a lot of calls from residents asking about their water bills. Due to the storm, there was a delay in sending out the current bill.  However, there will be no late fees or penalties for the bills due on September 10.

Please continue to follow the updates being posted to the City’s website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City’s Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock throughout the emergency.

City of Richwood Official Update – Flooding

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 7 pm

Official Update: Flooding

The flood water continues to recede and the city is continuing its pumping operations to help move the water out as quickly as possible. As the water makes its way back to Bastrop Bayou, the city will be looking at the following criteria to determine when the evacuation orders will be lifted:

  • The streets are largely cleared of water and passible by small vehicles.
  • Any gas leaks have been shut off.
  • Sewer services have been restored.

There are some areas that might meet the first two standards, but due to the flooding the sewer services are still over capacity and have not yet been restored. The city is hopeful that the sewer services will be restored to some of the areas by the end of the day on Friday.

Starting tomorrow there will be a street sweeper in town that will start cleaning off some of the roads that were flooded.

Waste Connections will be in town tomorrow to pick up recycling in those areas of the city that are south of Moore St. and east of W. Mahan.

The city has received a lot of calls from residents asking about their water bills. Due to the storm, there was a delay in sending out the last round of bills and those bills were just sent out today. There will be no late fees or penalties for the bills that were just sent out.

The mandatory curfew is still in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Throughout the night we will have additional personnel patrolling the City and keeping their eyes out for any more rising water.

Please continue to follow the updates being posted to the City's website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City's Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock throughout the emergency.

 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 11 am

Official Update: Flooding

The Bastrop Bayou water level at Old Angleton Rd. has dropped to 14 feet 8 inches and it looks like the water across the city is starting to recede. However, no one is certain how long it will take for the water to completely recede.

As mentioned in the press release last night, the city will at least need to perform visual inspections on all the homes and businesses in the flooded areas. These inspections can be done from the exterior of the home and the intent is to make sure that the structures are safe for habitation or re-entry. After the inspections, there will be a green, yellow, or red placard placed on the door of each building. A brief description of the placards is provided below:
• Green: Lawful occupancy is permitted and no apparent structural hazard has been found.
• Yellow: The structure is believed to be damaged and is not safe for occupancy, but entrance can be made to access contents and to start the restoration process.
• Red: Do not enter or occupy the structure is seriously damaged and is unsafe. (With what we have seen, we do not anticipate issuing any red placards.)

To clarify the permitting process, permits will only be required by contractors that are making structural changes to the building or that are performing electrical and plumbing repairs. The licensed contractors will know when it is necessary to take out a permit. Also, as a reminder the city is waiving the permit fees for all flood related repairs.

All the mandatory evacuations are still in effect at this time. The water is starting to recede and more streets are becoming passable; however, there are still safety concerns in the areas that have been evacuated. The sewer system is over capacity in the evacuated areas and in some areas there have also been reports of gas leaks.

Please continue to follow the updates being posted to the City’s website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City’s Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock throughout the emergency.

Flood Recovery & Re-Entry Process

NEWS RELEASE

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 @ 8 PM

Official Update: Flooding

As of 7:00 pm CST Mandatory evacuations are still in place. Looking forward, the entire staff of the City of Richwood is working to support the integrity of property values and the safety of our residents.

To start the Re-Entry process, the City of Richwood will have Inspectors place a placard on the main entrance of each dwelling these Inspections will be visual only and additional licensed inspectors will be called in from around the state to expedite this recovery process. As soon as these notices are in place, debris may be removed from structures and placed curb side for pick up by contractors.

Please have wood debris stacked separately from Household debris. Brazoria County has the contract for household debris and private contractors will be used for tree and limbs. Structures that are deemed too dangerous will be handled on case by case basis. We are not expecting these cases to be a large percentage. If you do need to hire a contractor they will need to pull permits. This will ensure they are dually licensed, also all permit fees will be waived, so make sure you are not charged permit fees on contractor bids.

If you do not use contractors you will not need to pull a permit unless your home has been deemed uninhabitable. If you do need permits, Inspectors will need to sign-off on permit work done. These procedures will be for both Residential and Commercial Structures. Water and Sewer service WILL NOT be held Pending Final Inspections.

Door to Door Sales without permits is not allowed and should be reported to Richwood Police.

Richwood Residents will be allowed a permit to hook-up RV Trailers for 3 months starting at time of re-entry, and will be renewable as needed. These Permits will only be good for residents impacted by flooding.

For Additional information please contact City of Richwood at (979) 265-2082.

City of Richwood Official Update: Flooding

NEWS RELEASE

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 @ 1 PM

Official Update: Flooding

The Bastrop Bayou water levels at Old Angleton Rd. have continued their gradual descent and the flood gauge is now just under 15 feet.  The Brazos River at Rosharon crested last Tuesday, August 29th. It now looks like Bastrop Bayou may have crested as well. If the water levels are indeed on the fall, it still may be five (5) days or more until the water subsides.

The city continues to pump from Audubon Woods 2 into Oyster Creek. Staff is also examining other alternatives to move the water out faster as it begins to subside.

Once the water levels do subside, Richwood Municipal Park and Larry Johnson Park will continue to be closed until the equipment can be decontaminated.

A mandatory curfew has been declared for the City of Richwood from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Throughout the night we will have additional personnel patrolling the City and keeping their eyes out for any more rising water.

Please continue to follow the updates being posted to the City's website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City's Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock throughout the emergency.

 

NEWS RELEASE

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 @ 1 PM

Official Update: Flooding

The Bastrop Bayou flood gauge at Old Angleton Rd. has not gone back up since falling a lit bit over night. Hopefully this is a pattern we are starting to see, but let's remain vigilant.

Remember that garbage will be picked up today and tomorrow for those areas south of Moore St. and east of W. Mahan.

Please continue to follow the updates being posted to the City's website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City's Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock throughout the emergency.

 

NEWS RELEASE

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 @ 9 AM

Official Update: Flooding

At 8 A.M. this morning the Bastrop Bayou flood gauge at Old Angleton Rd. went down a little to about 15 feet and 2 inches. There is still a lot of flood water that needs to work its way through the Bastrop Bayou. So, lets remain vigilant, but hopefully the small drop this morning is a sign of things to come.

Waste Connections will be picking up trash again today and Wednesday for those areas south of Moore St. and east of W. Mahan. The city is also working with Waste Connections to provide a roll-off dumpster sometime later this week for those residents outside of the pickup area. We should have more information on the availability of a roll-off dumpster by Wednesday.

Please continue to follow the updates being posted to the City's website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City's Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock throughout the emergency.

Official Update on Flooding

NEWS RELEASE

Monday, September 4, 2017 @ 8 PM

Official Update: Flooding

As of this evening the Bastrop Bayou flood gauge appears to be just under 15 feet and 3 inches on Old Angleton Rd. There have been very few changes from the National Weather Service's projections since the last report. There is still a lot of water making it down this way with a great deal of uncertainty, over the next day or two hopefully we will get a better understating of what is going to happen with the water levels in Bastrop Bayou.

The pumps on Cardinal Dr. continue to operate and to move water into Oyster Creek.

Remember, Waste Connections will be picking up trash again on Tuesday and Wednesday for those areas south of Moore St. and east of W. Mahan. The city is also working with Waste Connections to provide a roll-off dumpster sometime later this week for those residents outside of the pickup area.

A mandatory curfew has been declared for the City of Richwood from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Throughout the night we will have additional personnel patrolling the City and keeping their eyes out for any more rising water.

Please continue to follow the updates being posted to the City's website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City's Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock throughout the emergency.

 

NEWS RELEASE

Monday, September 4, 2017 @ 12 PM

Official Update: Flooding

We have seen a slight rise in the flood water this morning. The Bastrop Bayou flood gauge is remaining at 15 feet and 3 inches on Old Angleton Rd. It appears that the bayou is running up against the bottom of the railroad crossing at Old Angleton Rd., which is causing the flood water to work its way around the railroad crossing and to find new routes.

Due to the continued flooding, the wastewater system is continuing to experience difficulties and some parts of the city, especially those areas in the evacuation zones, have very limited or no sewer services. We are asking that the residents, especially those in the evacuation zone, to limit flushing and their usage of the wastewater system.

Waste Connections will be picking up trash today, Tuesday, and Wednesday for those areas south of Moore St. and east of W. Mahan. The city is also working with Waste Connections to provide a roll-off dumpster sometime later this week for those residents outside of the pickup area.

There are currently four (4) pumps on Cardinal Dr. that are working on moving some of the flood water into Oyster Creek.

Please continue to follow the updates being posted to the City's website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City's Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock throughout the emergency.

City Hall Offices

Richwood City Hall will open for regular business on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 8:00 am.

The Emergency Operations Center will stay open for the duration of the flooding event.

Please contact us at 979-265-2082 with any questions or concerns.

City of Richwood Official Update: Flooding

Official Update: Flooding

The City is continuing to monitor the flood levels. The National Weather Service is still predicting that the Brazos River near Rosharon will begin a drastic decline on Friday, which means that the river will finally stop putting water into the Oyster Creek and Bastrop Bayou watersheds. Even after the river water stops getting into the watershed, it could still take several days for the water that has already escaped the river to finish making its way through our area.

Throughout the day staff will be monitoring the water levels in the community and the Bastrop Bayou at Old Angleton Rd. We are planning on issuing another press release around noon today.

Please continue to follow the updates being posted to the City’s website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City’s Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock throughout the emergency.

City of Richwood Officail Update: Flooding

NEWS RELEASE

Sunday, September 3, 2017 @ 7 PM

Official Update: Flooding

The Bastrop Bayou at Old Angleton Road once again stayed level at 15 feet and 3 inches. This is the third day in a row that the levels have stayed the same. However, there is still a lot of Brazos River flood water that will be making its way through our area for an extended period. Let's all remain vigilant as the additional flood water makes its way through.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is still forecasting that water from the Brazos River will be leaving the banks just south of Rosharon until sometime on Friday, September 8th. However, starting Friday the NWS are predicting that the Brazos River will drop below major flood stage at Rosharon and stop spilling water into the Oyster Creek and Bastrop Bayou watersheds.

A mandatory curfew has been declared for the City of Richwood from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Throughout the night we will have additional personnel patrolling the City and keeping their eyes out for any more rising water.

Please continue to follow the updates being posted to the City's website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City's Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock throughout the emergency.

City of Richwood Official Update: Flooding

NEWS RELEASE

Saturday, September 2, 2017 @ 9 PM

Official Update: Flooding

Today the water levels have remained steady on the Bastrop Bayou. The Bastrop Bayou water level at Old Angleton Rd. remained the same as yesterday and is at 15 feet and 3 inches.
The National Weather Service (NWS) is saying that we still have a lot of water that will be making its way through the Bastrop Bayou. Hopefully, the water level does not increase any more, but there is no way of knowing for sure. Once the water does peak, the indications are that the water could stay at that level for at least five (5) days.

Both the City of Richwood and Lake Jackson are coordinating with each other and talking back and forth to try and move some of the flood water into Oyster Creek, which still has capacity within its banks. Speaking of which, Lake Jackson has informed us that tomorrow they are going to try and pump some of the water from their ditch along FM 2004 and redirect towards Oyster Creek.

A mandatory curfew has been declared for the City of Richwood from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Throughout the night we will have additional personnel patrolling the City and keeping their eyes out for any more rising water.

Please continue to follow the updates being posted to the City’s website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City’s Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock throughout the emergency.