Tropical system moving through our region continues through Weds, September 23, 2020
Sugar Land’s emergency operations center remains operational, and city crews worked through the night to ensure the continued delivery of essential city services as a tropical system moves through our region. Sugar Land received 4-6 inches of rain overnight; however, drainage infrastructure performed as designed. The majority of roadways are clear and passable with just isolated closures at Williams Trace at Edgewater, eastbound West Airport from Industrial to Dairy Ashford and one northbound lane of State Highway 6 near Brooks Street. We should all remain vigilant as weather experts expect heavy rainfall to continue through tomorrow. Even higher amounts are possible, so flash flooding remains a concern for our area. Flooded streets, damaging winds and power outages are possible. Please help us keep storm drains clear, secure loose items around homes and avoid parking on streets. Several authoritative sources have encouraged people to stay off roadways if possible this morning. Everyone should closely follow the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center -- the authoritative sources of weather information.
Sugar Land emergency planners continue to participate in daily calls with the state operations center and the National Weather Service, as well as work closely with our regional partners, to maintain situational awareness. We have prepared damage assessment teams; checked chainsaws, generators and pumps; inspected storm drains and drainage infrastructure; and prepositioned high-water vehicles. Loose equipment has been secured, buildings prepped, construction sites inspected and parks facilities secured. At this time, we do not anticipate any changes to our solid waste and recycling collection services; however, there may be delays.
The Brazos River remains below flood stage, floodgates operated by Levee Improvement Districts are expected to remain open and storage capacity currently exists in ditches and lakes that hold water during heavy rainfall events. LIDs in Sugar Land are prepared to utilize their pumps if necessary.