As of November 13, 2017 Crowder-Gulf has completed the third and final pass for debris removal within the City of Dickinson. As of this date, debris removal is the responsibility of the property owner to make arrangements for. Republic Services will not be removing storm debris with its regular trash pickup.
The cost of debris removal for the entire city is estimated to be approximately $11 million. FEMA is able to cover 90% of the cost of debris removal while the City is responsible for the remaining 10%. On December 20, 2017 Gov. Greg Abbott presented the City with a check for $1.25 million to go towards the previously incurred costs of debris removal.
Residents and private contractors having debris to dispose of are asked to use the Republic Services Galveston County Landfill, 3935 Ave. A, Santa Fe, Texas.
The City of Dickinson has drafted a Hazard Mitigation Plan for citizens to review and provide input on. The plan incorporates information from previous disaster, public input, strategies for response and mitigation for future events. The plan is available for view at the link below.
Q1: Since putting in an application, I have received money from insurance, FEMA, or other sources. Do I still get the grant?
A1: Yes, as long as your insurance or money from another source did not cover the entire cost of your home repairs. If it did, you should decline the grant to help someone else who did not receive money.
Q2: Can I use the grant money to fix my car or replace furniture?
A2: No. The grant money can only be used to repair your home.
Q3: Why did I not get all the money I asked for in my application?
A3: Applicants that received grants were given a maximum of $2,000 for a home or $4,000 for a business.
Q4: If I run a business out of my home, can I use the grant money to rebuild my business?
A4: No, but you may use the money to repair parts of your home that are used for business, such as a home office or garage.
Q5: Does getting this grant mean I do not need a building permit to do repair work on my home?
A5: No. You must still apply for building permits and all repair work must comply with City Code.
Q6: What process did the Harvey Repair Grant Award Committee use to determine who was eligible for a grant, and which applicants were awarded a grant?
A6: The Harvey Repair Grant Award Committee was established by the City Council. As such, it operated according to the rules established by Council, which ensured that each application would be fairly and objectively reviewed. The criteria for application eligibility and for the evaluation of each application can be found by clicking here.
Q1: Are permits being required by the City of Dickinson? And are fees be assessed?
A1: The City of Dickinson is requiring that all flood repair work be permitted for residential and commercial structures, regardless of how much water existed within the home/business. If water did not reach the light switches within a home, the resident/contractor will not be charged a permit fee. In the event the homeowner is wanting to relocate or rewire electrical systems, relocate plumbing or mechanical (HVAC) systems, or remodel their home, a permit fee will be assessed by the City. All commercial permits being pulled will be charged a permit fee. Permits can be pulled at the Community Development Department located at 4403 Highway 3.
Q2: What is needed to pull a permit?
A2: The Community Development Department requires residents/businesses to bring a picture of the high water mark from the structure and a copy of the estimated cost to repair the structure. The Building Official will determine from these items whether a permit fee will be assessed and what if any inspections are needed before or after repair work is started.
Q3: Will the City prohibit me from rebuilding my home?
A3: The City is not prohibiting residents from rebuilding/repairing their homes. The Building Official will determine what permits need to be pulled at the time the picture of the high water mark and estimated cost of repairs is submitted. In the event it is determined that repair costs are in excess of 50% or more of the value of the home, the Building Official will discuss the steps needed to take in order to repair the home.
Q4: Does my Contractor need to be registered with the City?
A4: We are here to help ensure the safety of all residents/businesses and can only do this with your help. All contractors doing repair work inside the City of Dickinson are required to be registered. If you are unsure if a contractor is registered we encourage you to call the Community Development Department at 281-337-6259.
Q1: How is the Harvey Relief Fund money going to be distributed or dispersed? Who is going to make the decision about the allocation of the funds? When and where can people register or apply for assistance from this money?
A1: The City began accepting applications on October 11. Due to the high volume of applications and the limited number of funds, the application process closed on November 21st. The Harvey Repair Grant Award Committee has begun reviewing the applications and once they have made their decisions, the City will be contacting all applicants with the committee's decision.
Q2: Did Dickinson close any flood gates or request Texas City to close the flood gates, which prevented the bayou from draining during Hurricane Harvey?
A2: Dickinson has no flood gates nor did any city official or employee request that Texas City close their flood gates. Texas City’s flood gates had no impact on flooding in the City of Dickinson.
Q3: Question of the number of deaths and unconfirmed reports of people dying while inside vehicles and drowning.
A3: Per the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office, Galveston County had 3 deaths due to Hurricane Harvey, 2 of those deaths in Dickinson, one in League City. Cause of death in all three was drowning. Three additional deaths were associated with Hurricane Harvey, one in Dickinson (Sepsis), one in Texas City (Cardiovascular disease), and one in Santa Fe (COPD).
Q4: Is the City widening the bayou and buying up property along the bayou to widen the bayou?
A4: The City is not widening the bayou nor is it acquiring property for any future bayou widening.
Neither the City of Dickinson permit department, fire marshal office, or other departments have condemned any property or evicted any residents.
Transitional Shelter Assistance
On November 20th, FEMA announced that Hurricane Harvey survivors receiving Transitional Shelter Assistance may receive an extension to stay temporarily in hotels while they look for an alternative place to live. Disaster survivors with a continuing need for the hotel sheltering program may be extended to January 16th, 2018. Hurricane Harvey survivors who recently applied for assistance will be notified automatically of their eligibility. To be considered eligibility, disaster survivors must be registered with FEMA for disaster assistance, and meet other eligibility criteria. You can find the list of eligible hotels at http://www.femaevachotels.com/ or by calling FEMA at 800-321-3362.
The Texas General Land Office is encouraging all residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey to register for assistance before the deadline on Friday November 24th. You can register for assistance at:
Through FEMA's Mobile app at fema.gov/mobile-app
By phone at (800) 621-3362
Or at the local Disaster Recovery Center in Dickinson (2401 Termini St).
Homeowners who receive a determination from FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency that their permanent residence has more than $17,000 of FEMA verified damage will be considered for short-term housing assistance.
Renters who receive a determination that their property has sustained major damage or was destroyed will also be considered for short-term housing assistance.
The Texas General Land Office will be contacting those eligible for short term FEMA housing.
FEMA's Multi Family Lease and Repair Program provides direct assistance to repair or improve existing multi-family housing such as apartments in order to provide more housing for survivors of natural disasters. If you are interested in this program please visit this link: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=34e3e0ac163f884907114fa8705b9245&tab=core&_cview=0
To help the tens of thousands of people affected by Hurricane Harvey, Yardi has leveraged its RENTCafé property portal to create a housing registry website that will help displaced residents find temporary and permanent homes.
The website (www.RentCafe.com/HurricaneHarvey) allows housing providers to post available units along with special concessions and for displaced residents to search for housing. There is no charge for housing providers to list their properties on the website or for residents to use it. Yardi has also launched a hotline that evacuees looking for housing can call for housing assistance. The toll-free number is (844) 363-6317.
A registry of available homes can be found at www.RentCafe.com/HurricaneHarvey and at 844-363-6317.
Yardi develops and supports investment and property management software for all types and sizes of real estate companies. Established in 1984, Yardi is based in Santa Barbara, Calif., and serves clients worldwide. For more information on Yardi, visit www.Yardi.com.
Airbnb is continuing its effort to help those displaced by Tropical Storm Harvey through September 25, 2017.To sign up your home or find shelter please visit https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees/hurricaneharveyevacuees
Below is some basic aluminum wiring guidance from the Chief Building Official:
1. Please be advised that if a single family dwelling unit has aluminum wiring in need of repair, the National Electrical Code has specific requirements for those repairs.
2. If the home has more than 50% damage to the electrical system, the building official will require the home to be rewired.
3. If the home is in need of a small electrical repair, the repairs shall be in compliance with the National Electrical Code for aluminum connections with copper connections.
4. Aluminum Branch circuits wiring for residential use is no longer allowed by the National Electrical Code.
5. Be advised that all electrical repairs to a home and business is required to be done by a licensed electrical contractor in the state of Texas.
Texas Workforce Commission can provide assistance with employment impact from Hurricane Harvey.
If you have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey and are seeking employment, please register for employment at www.WorkinTexas.com and select Job Seeker Registration.
If you have lost your job because of Hurricane Harvey, you can apply for unemployment benefits online.
If you have not been paid wages from an employer, you may file a wage claim.
Victims of Hurricane Harvey may also be eligible to apply for disaster assistance through the Texas Health and Human Services.
Following the unprecedented flooding Hurricane Harvey caused, many county residents have found themselves on the long road to recovery. To help citizens on the path to rebuild their homes and lives, Galveston County has put together a Disaster Assistance Outreach Form, designed to assess damage in specific areas and provide long-term resources to those who need it most. The form can be accessed by clicking here or directly at: http://www.galvestoncountytx.gov/hd/Pages/DisasterOutreach.aspx
All flood-dampened surfaces should be cleaned, disinfected and dried as soon as possible. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 24-48hrs of waters receding.
Follow these tips to ensure a safe and effective cleanup:
• Open windows for ventilation and wear rubber gloves and eye protection when cleaning. Consider using a mask rated N-95 or higher if heavy concentrations of mold are present.
• Use a non-ammonia soap or detergent to clean all areas and washable items that came in contact with floodwaters.
• Mix 1-1/2 cups of household bleach in one gallon of water and thoroughly rinse and disinfect the area. ***Never mix bleach with ammonia as the fumes are toxic.***
• Cleaned areas can take several days to dry thoroughly. The use of heat, fans and dehumidifiers can speed up the drying process.
• Check out all odors. It’s possible for mold to hide in the walls or behind wall coverings. Find all mold sources and clean them properly.
• Remove and discard all materials that can’t be cleaned, such as wallboard, fiberglass and cellulose areas. Then clean the wall studs where wallboard has been removed, and allow the area to dry thoroughly.
Some of the below resources are from previous events, but still apply for cleanup after the recent floods:
Make sure your contractor is registered with the City of Dickinson. You can verify the contractor is registered by calling Community Development at 281-337-6259.
Scammers know you'll spend money to repair and improve your home. Be sure you know how to protect yourself, and you should familiarize yourself with common home improvement scams.
Be cautious when a salesperson appears at your door uninvited. Two very common sales pitches often associated with home improvement scams are:
• The salesperson "was in your neighborhood and noticed that you needed" siding, storm windows, or some other improvement.
• The salesperson "just did some work in your neighborhood and has extra" building supplies that would be just enough to repave your driveway or re-shingle your roof.
Most home repair and remodeling work is performed under contract. Legitimate businesses will usually insist on having a contract for their own protection, and a well written contract should protect the homeowner, too.
DO NOT sign a contract with blanks in it. It happens: the blanks get filled in later, and the new terms are not likely to be in the consumer's favor.
DO NOT sign a contract until you have carefully read and understood every word of it. Sometimes it can be difficult to get out of a signed contract.
Any contract you sign for work on your homestead must contain the following warning next to the space for your signature:
"Important Notice: You and your contractor are responsible for meeting the terms and conditions of this contract. If you sign this contract and you fail to meet the terms and conditions of this contract, you may lose your legal ownership rights in your home. Know your rights and duties under the law."
When you sign a contract for home improvements on your homestead, the contractor can legally place a lien on the homestead. If you sign a contract containing the language quoted above and you fail to make the payments, the company can take away your home. Therefore, it is extremely important that you understand exactly what your obligations will be under the contract, and that you are confident you can meet those obligations. If you have any questions or doubts, consult an attorney before you sign the contract.
For more information, please visit the Attorney General of Texas website