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.