Hurricane Harvey Information

Please check here for the latest information regarding Hurricane Harvey updates. 

Curfew Lifted

As of 9/9/12, the mandatory curfew is no longer in place. 

The City of Dickinson had a nighttime curfew in effect through September 8, 2017 from 12:00 midnight to 5:00 am.  The curfew has now been lifted.

As of 8/31/17 the City of Dickinson lifted the mandatory evacuation order for all of Dickinson. Citizens are asked to be aware that the infrastructure is still fragile within the city. Some services may be limited and / or delayed. Everyone is asked to use their own personal judgement in regards to their safe return.

At 2:00 pm, Monday, August 28, 2017, the City of Dickinson issued a mandatory evacuation for all citizens within the city. The evacuation order was established because of a combination of several factors, including the fragile infrastructure within the city due to the storm flooding, the limited utilities available at this time and current continued forecast track of Hurricane Harvey.

Debris Management

CrowderGulf is the City's contractor for debris removal. There are 6 removal zones within the city.

As of 9/6/17, trucks were working in Zones 3, 4, & 5. Residents in these zones are advised to make sure vehicles and other obstructions are not in front of debris that has been placed at the curb. The trucks utilize a large remote grappling arm to pick up the debris and load the truck. If the debris is obstructed, the trucks will move on to the next area. Additionally, the debris must be placed at the curb. Contractors are not allowed to go on to private property to collect the debris. Only the debris within reach of the grappling arms will be collected and removed.

The Sussan’s debris collection site, located at 3820 Gulf Freeway, is only allowed to accept debris collected from contractors pre-registered with Crowder-Gulf Disaster Recovery and Debris Management. These sites are regulated by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and each vehicle using the site must be pre-certified by TCEQ.

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.

Subcontracting Opportunities:

Any Dickinson residents interested in employment as a debris monitor at the debris collection site can call 866-960-2325. Please be sure to identify yourself as resident of DICKINSON.

CrowderGulf is also looking to add collection trucks to the program working in Dickinson. Qualified contractors must possess a grapple truck with minimum of 60 yard capacity. Interested persons should contact CrowderGulf at 1-800-992-6207 or http://www.crowdergulf.com/contact.html.  

Debris Removal Zones
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Update Regarding Cash Cards from the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation:

September 13, 2017

Dear Friend,

We are deeply sorry to learn that you have been affected by the devastating flooding resulting from Hurricane Harvey. The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, an international humanitarian disaster relief organization, will provide property owners or renters with a cash supplement, via cash cards, for majorly damaged or destroyed properties, at the following special meeting:

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Time: Please arrive at the designated time based on your last name:

DISD: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

A – B: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

 C – I: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

 J – Q: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 R – Z: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Venue: Dickinson High School Gym

3800 Baker Drive (Enter the gym from Owens Dr.)

Only those who have previously registered with our organization will be served. No walk-ins will be admitted. Upon arrival, please check in at the door by presenting (1) Photo ID, (2) this invitation, and (3) a copy of a utility bill showing your name for the service period including the date of August 25, 2017. We will host a brief information session to share our Foundation’s commitment to emergency relief, and then distribute cash cards to you respectfully. Please be informed that you must be present in person, with the required documents listed above to receive our cash cards.

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

Sincerely,

Tai Shan Huang

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Executive Director of Southern Region

Tzu Chi is a worldwide volunteer-based, spiritual humanitarian organization. Tzu Chi’s missions focus on giving material aid and inspiring love and compassion in both the givers and receivers. Since its founding in 1966, the Foundation has dedicated itself in the fields of charity, medicine, education, environmental protection, as well as the promotion of humanistic values and community volunteerism. The humanitarian work is both a means to help those in need, and also a way to open the eyes of the volunteer to the harsher side of life. Through giving, they may find spiritual happiness and discover life's true meaning. For more details, please visit http://www.tzuchi.us/

Temporary Housing Resources

Below are some housing resources.

RENTCafé Launches Hurricane Harvey Website to Assist Housing Providers and Residents

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.

About Yardi

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 Disaster Response Program

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

Electrical Re-connection Services

If the electrical meter and/or the electric switches were underwater, the City of Dickinson will require a permit and an inspection before a reconnect can be released. In the event that an inspection is needed, please call 281-337-6259 and leave a message. The permit department we will have additional inspectors this weekend, to help with making those inspections. If only the receptacles outlets in the dwelling unit received rising water the power company has been authorized to reconnect service. The highwater mark, must be determined before the power company can make a determination. The city of Dickinson recommends that the property owner contact a licensed electrical contractor to evaluate any possible damage to the electrical service and or dwelling units electrical systems.

Safety information from CenterPoint Energy in reference to your Natural Gas Meter

• Before cleaning debris, digging on your property or to locate underground natural gas lines and other underground utility lines, call 811, the nationwide Call Before You Dig number.

• Be aware of where your natural gas meter is located. As debris is put out for heavy trash pickup, make sure it is placed away from the meter. In many areas the meter may be located near the curb. If debris is near a gas meter, the mechanized equipment used by trash collectors could pull up the meter, damaging it and causing a potentially hazardous situation. If this happens, leave the area immediately and call CenterPoint Energy at 888-876-5786.

City has NOT Condemned Property or Structures

Neither the City of Dickinson permit department, fire marshal office, or other departments have condemned any property or evicted any residents. Community Development will have additional inspectors in town over the weekend to begin inspection of buildings. All inhabitable structures will then be clearly marked at that time.

City of Dickinson Reconstruction Policy

Please be advised that the City of Dickinson will be reviewing all applications for reconstruction within the City of Dickinson for repairs.

The City of Dickinson Community Development Department (located at Dickinson City Hall: 4403 Highway 3, Dickinson TX 77539) will need the following items with an application to conduct a review.

1. A picture of the high-water mark.

2. Estimated cost of all construction for repairs.

3. A copy of the Galveston County Central Appraisal District evaluation for the home or business.

After the review the Chief Building Official will make a determination of whether or not a permit would be required or not required. Additionally, the Chief Building Official will determine which, if any, inspections would be required with that permit.

Trash Service

Republic Services resumed regularly scheduled residential pickups Monday, September 4th. Please be aware that Republic CAN NOT pick up debris taken out of your home. If normal trash is mixed with debris the workers will be unable to pick up the trash mixed in the debris. Be sure to keep your normal trash separate from any debris removed from your home so that Republic can pick up your trash. Republic is unable to resume recycling service at this time. Any recycling containers will be dumped with trash.

City of Dickinson Aluminum Wiring Guidance

If your single family dwelling unit has aluminum wiring in it, please stop by the Community Development Department (located at Dickinson City Hall: 4403 Highway 3, Dickinson TX 77539) and have a consultation with the Chief Building Official.

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.

Shelters

Please check the American Red Cross website for the latest information regarding area shelters. 

Bayou Animal Services

Lost/Found Harvey Pets

SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 – Bayou Animal Services, the League City Animal Shelter, and the Galveston Island Humane Society are continuing to work together to create positive outcomes for animals and families affected by Hurricane Harvey. The three organizations have teamed up to open the “Hurricane Harvey Animal Rescue Shelter,” now open at Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004, La Marque, to provide services, space and support for homeless or displaced pets related to Hurricane Harvey. This location is assisting with the continued rescue, care, and reunification of these animals.

WHAT: Hurricane Harvey Animal Rescue Shelter

WHERE: Gulf Greyhound Dog Track, 1000 FM 2004, LaMarque, TX 77568

HOURS: Monday – Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday from 12 noon – 4 pm

CONTACT: (281) 910-1562 *temporary for shelter only

If you were separated from your animal, need assistance with your pets, or are interested in volunteering or fostering, we encourage you to come to the Hurricane Harvey Animal Rescue Shelter. As pets become available for adoption they will be transferred back to area shelters, primarily the League City Animal Shelter or the Galveston Island Humane Society while Bayou Animal Services continues their recovery.

Hurricane Harvey caused many pets to be lost, left homeless, abandoned by families, or temporarily left for emergency housing with any of the above shelters and the three shelters have teamed up to create a single location to accommodate animals and assist with re-homing and care.

For additional information, contact: Hurricane Harvey Animal Rescue Shelter at 281-910-1562 or the Shelter in your service area.

Normal operations continue at the Bayou Animal Services Shelter located at 3120 Deats Road. 

Amazon Wish List

Bayou Animal Services has setup an amazon wish list. We need several Items. We will continue to add to the list as we run low on supplies.

Volunteers Needed!

If you have a moment please come down to the shelter and help us with these fur kids. For anyone wanting to volunteer we have created a special email account in order to give out that information and be able to sign people up for each shift. Please understand that any Children under 16 may not be dropped off by themselves. If you are interested in signing up please email : Hurricaneharveyvolunteers@yahoo.com

Disaster Assistance

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.

FEMA Tips For Cleaning In Post Flood Areas

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:

FEMA Initial Restoration for Flooded Buildings

FEMA Proper Cleanup Following Flood

FEMA After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures

FEMA Cleaning Flooded Buildings

FEMA Hurricane Harvey Resources Page

Contractor Hiring Tips

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.

Door-to-Door Sales

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.

Be Smart about Contracts

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.

What the Law Says

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