Weather Alert – Tropical Storm Beta

Tropical Storm Beta is projected to make landfall near Matagorda Bay late Monday evening or early Tuesday morning, with tropical storm force winds being felt along the Texas coast as early as today (Sunday). The storm is a slow-moving storm that could produce a long duration rain fall event creating the potential for local street and flash flooding.

Fortunately, Fort Bend County is better prepared for a disaster than many other Counties in the nation. It only takes one catastrophic event impacting the Houston area to cause damage to your home or business. Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District NO. 146 (FBCMUD146) wants to help our community stay informed and prepare for the unexpected by providing you with information and useful resources that can assist you in your efforts. On the District’s website you will find numerous links to emergency preparedness websites and phone numbers that will help you not only plan for an event, but help you stay abreast of the event as it unfolds.

So please visit our website at www.FBMUD146.org and let us help you stay safe and prepared. Also visit the Fort Bend County Homeland Security and Emergency Management website to receive the latest emergency updates or sign-up for alerts from Fort Bend County.

August and September are peak months of hurricane season, which officially last from June 1st to November 30th annually.

Weather Alert

Tropical storm Laura has entered the Gulf of Mexico and will quickly intensify into hurricane strength today. Fortunately, Fort Bend County is better prepared for a disaster than many other Counties in the nation. It only takes one catastrophic event impacting the Houston area to cause damage to your home or business. Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District NO. 146 (FBCMUD146) wants to help our community stay informed and prepare for the unexpected by providing you with information and useful resources that can assist you in your efforts. On the District’s website you will find numerous links to emergency preparedness websites and phone numbers that will help you not only plan for an event, but help you stay abreast of the event as it unfolds.

So please visit our website at www.FBMUD146.org and let us help you stay safe and prepared. Also visit https://fbcoem.org/ to receive the latest emergency updates or sign-up for alerts from Fort Bend County.

August and September are peak months of hurricane season, which officially last from June 1st to November 30th annually.

2020 Hurricane Names

Authur
Bertha
Cristobal
Dolly
Edouard
Fay
Gonzalo
Hanna
Isaias
Josephine
Kyle
Laura
Marco
Nana
Omar
Paulette
Rene
Sally
Teddy
Vicky
Wilfred

Emergency Preparedness Resources

Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management
http://www.fbcoem.org/go/doc/1528/2616214

Fort Bend County Emergency Alerts & Notifications
http://www.fbcoem.org/go/doc/1528/506723

Emergency Preparedness Essentials
http://www.emergencypreparednessessentials.org

American Red Cross
http://www.redcross.org

Harris County Regional Joint Information Center – Register for Local Weather Alerts
http://www.readyharris.org

Harris County Flood Control District Storm Center – Flood Preparedness Planning
https://www.hcfcd.org/storm-center

National Weather Service
http://www.weather.gov

Harris County Flood Warning System – Rainfall Totals
http://www.harriscountyfws.org

Houston TranStar – Traffic Information
https://traffic.houstontranstar.org/layers

Harris County Flood Control District – Bayous and Creek Levels
https://www.hcfcd.org

Federal Disaster Assistance
https://www.disasterassistance.gov

Find My Towed Car – Locating a Vehicle after a Flood
http://findmytowedcar.com/tvrmscitizen/mainpage.aspx

National Flood Insurance Program
https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart

National Weather Service Hurricane Tracking Center
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Avoiding Winter Weather Catastrophes

Winter is just around the corner for those of us in Southeast Texas. We’ve already seen a couple of nights where temperatures hovered (although briefly) around the freezing mark. As we move into December, January and February, we’ll see more nights with colder temperatures for longer periods of time. Now is the time to be winterizing your home. Below are some tips to help make it through the freezing temperatures.

When water freezes it expands. This can be bad news for water systems as the expansion can cause pipes and valves to burst. The best way to protect against bursting pipes in your irrigation system is to drain the system to relieve any pressure. The underground piping for your sprinkler system is protected by the ground itself as it acts as an insulator. The most susceptible parts of your irrigation system are the backflow preventers and shutoff valves that are usually located above ground in that U-shaped piping. Wrapping the pipes, valves and backflow preventer with insulation after closing the main irrigation valve and draining the system is the easiest way to avoid costly repairs.

Exposed pipes in your home should also be insulated to protect them from freezing. Don’t forget those exposed pipes in your attic that may be susceptible. Outside water faucets and garden hoses can also hold water that may freeze and expand. Make sure garden hoses are disconnected from water sources and drained. Exposed water faucets should also be insulated. These pre-freezing tips can help you avoid headaches and expensive repairs down the road.