Hurricane Harvey Debris Pick-up in Fort Bend County

FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS — Fort Bend County residents affected by Hurricane Harvey and the recent floodwaters are hard at work cleaning out their homes and property after the storm. County Emergency Management Officials will begin collecting residents storm debris starting this week.

The County will coordinate debris removal efforts for all unincorporated areas and with our partnering jurisdictions. It is important that residents abide by the debris sorting guidelines provided at http://fbcoem.org/debris. These guidelines include separating your debris into categories (Separating Your Debris) never using trash or plastic bags for this debris, placing debris piles at the curb or roads edge, and restrictions on county officials entering private property.

“Please put your debris as close to the curb and the sidewalk as you possibly can.”, said Marc Grant, Fort Bend County’s Debris Management Coordinator, “If you put it past the sidewalk, we cannot go on private property to pick up your debris. If you have more debris past the sidewalk we will pick up as much as we can and then we will have to come back once you’ve moved the rest of your debris to the curb line.”

Grant added that if you have a roadside ditch in front of your property, follow similar guidelines but treat the ditch like you would the sidewalk. Place your debris along the roadside so that it does not impede traffic or the flow of water in the bottom of the ditch. Items that are on your private property side will not be picked up on the first trip through by our trucks, but we will return once you have moved the remaining debris out to the roadside.

The restriction of the use of trash bags to contain the debris is something many residents may not know. Storm debris is compiled and processed differently than normal household garbage, and bagged storm debris will not be picked up by county debris removal trucks. If you have already placed debris at your roadside, please reference the guidelines at fbceom.org and remove trash bags from these debris piles.

It is also important not to park vehicles in locations that block our access to debris piles. If a vehicle is parked on a roadside in front of a debris pile, workers will have to move on and return at a later date to retrieve the debris.

Fort Bend County officials will be working hard for many weeks to collect and properly dispose of the Hurricane Harvey debris. We greatly appreciate your help in making this process a success.

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All Evacuation Orders for Fort Bend County Districts Operating Levees Are Cancelled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hurricane Harvey doused Fort Bend County in rains measured by the foot in some areas last week, flooding homes and causing the Brazos and San Bernard rivers to rise to record heights. This flooding, described as a 10,000-year rain event, overwhelmed drainage systems and flooded many neighborhoods across the county. Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert issued evacuation orders in many areas of the county in order to protect life and property, but the conditions have improved enough to warrant a cautious lifting of these orders for much of the county.

At the time of writing, the Barker Reservoir pool levels were still high enough to make re-entry to some neighborhoods unsafe, and the mandatory evacuation remains in place for some neighborhoods adjacent to the Barker Reservoir. Judge Hebert will be reviewing the conditions in this area on an ongoing basis to ensure that once it may be safe to enter an area, residents are allowed to do so.

Low-lying areas along the Brazos and San Bernard rivers remain under voluntary evacuation. Residents are encouraged to use extreme caution when entering these areas. Remember; ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown.’

Although all evacuation orders affecting districts operating levees have been cancelled, those areas may still have hazards present such as flooded roads, fallen trees, displaced animals, and standing water. Residents should use extreme caution when returning to their homes.

“This flood has been difficult for everyone affected, and it has been especially difficult for those displaced from their homes,” Judge Hebert said. “We’re here with you and we are doing everything we can to help you get the care you need, get back into your home, and get assistance from FEMA. Remember, there are still hazards out there, so be careful and keep your family safe.”

If you live in a flood area adjacent to the Barker Reservoir and want to determine if your home is covered by one of the remaining evacuation orders, please visit the following site and type your home address into the interactive map: http://fbcoem.org/map-for-evacuation-zones-mapa-de-zonas-de-evacuacion/

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