Tropical Storm Nicholas is expected to make landfall as a strong storm or hurricane along the middle Texas coast as early as this evening. The city’s primary threat remains heavy rainfall and possible power outages. The heaviest rainfall threat for Sugar Land will begin this evening and continue through Wednesday. The city should expect the possibility of 6-12 inches of rain during this time period with the possibility of isolated areas receiving much more in a short period of time. There is a serious threat of widespread street flooding. You are strongly encouraged to be off the roads before afternoon rush hour today. City crews have been working hard to clear storm drains during the weekend. PLEASE HELP THE CITY KEEP DRAINS CLEAR to ensure the drainage system works as designed. It’s also important to secure loose items around your homes that could end up blocking our storm drains, avoid parking on streets that flood and check on neighbors who may need help. There remains uncertainty on the track and intensity, but it’s a good idea to prepare to shelter in place for at least several days with non-perishable supplies -- including food, drinking water and medical supplies. This includes keeping gas tanks full, stocking up on emergency supplies and having a plan for pets. The City of Sugar Land expects the Brazos to remain below flood stage, but street flooding in this area will be their primary concern.
The city has taken the following actions:
📍They are participating in daily calls with the state operations center and the National Weather Service to maintain situational awareness.
📍Crews are fortifying city infrastructure.
📍They have recalled staff to ensure uninterrupted delivery of essential city services.
📍They are preparing to activate the city’s emergency operations center.
📍Coordination continues with their flood control partners like Levee Improvement Districts responsible for flood gates and pumps.
📍The city is maintaining contact with its solid waste and recycling provider.
📍The city’s debris management contractor is on standby.
📍Generators have been fueled and checked.
📍City offices will remain open today; however, the City continues to monitor weather conditions and will make changes as necessary.
📍High-water rescue vehicles have been pre-deployed and are ready for use.