Possibility of Tropical Weather 6.3.20

The City of Sugar Land issued an update regarding the possibility of tropical weather. The LID 17 team is also watching the forecasts and making preparations for the possibility of tropical weather, particularly heavy rainfall. The team will be inspecting the outfalls to make sure there are no blockages and that the pumps are ready if needed. Currently the Brazos River level is relatively low and is forecast to remain so. This will allow for gravity flow from our lakes and ditches without the need to pump. Please keep yourselves up to date with current weather information through reliable sources. The remainder of the City of Sugar Land’s notice is below.

The City is planning for the possibility of tropical weather that could impact our region this weekend or early next week. City staff is preparing for the possibility of extended work schedules to support emergency response, planning continues with regional drainage and flood control partners and crews are working to ensure streets and storm drains are clear.

While it’s still too early to know exactly what will develop in the Gulf of Mexico this week, weather forecast experts tell us current models are shifting a projected storm track toward Louisiana; however, much of the Gulf Coast remains in play for landfall. They currently predict a large tropical storm with a cone of probability that stretches from the upper Texas coast to Alabama.

Prepare now by visiting the City of Sugar Land Emergency Management page for planning resources. Be sure to receive important alerts during emergencies by signing up for our Emergency Notification System. The emergency alert system is a communication service available to all Sugar Land residents to receive emergency alerts and city notifications. Once a subscriber, you will have the ability to customize subscription preferences. Notifications are available by email, text, and/or phone.

Other informational resources include:

Grass Clippings and Leaves

Debris can cause clogging of storm drains.

When storm drains (also known as catch basins) clog with leaves and/or other debris, water can no longer drain from the street. This water can then pool along streets and flood intersections and homes.

Contrary to popular belief, pet wastes, oil and other materials dumped into catch basins do not go to the wastewater treatment plant, but instead flow directly into streams and rivers. Dumping grass clippings, debris and other material into the storm drain is not only illegal, but contributes pollution to our waterways and causes localized flooding.

It is important to keep catch basins free of obstructions to prevent street flooding, property damage, and hazards to the traveling public.

How should I dispose of leaves and debris?

When you are clearing your sidewalk or driveway, please do not rake or blow the leaves from your yard into the street. One option would be to sweep, collect, and bag grass clippings and leaves. Another option is to blow grass clippings back onto the lawn where they can become a mulch and a natural fertilizer. Further, consider raking or blowing leaves/debris into a compost pile, where they can decompose.