Sugar Land emergency planners are keeping a close eye on two storms expected in the Gulf of Mexico very soon. While Tropical Storm Laura continues to track westward toward Louisiana, our immediate concern is Tropical Storm Marco. Forecasters expect Marco to enter the Gulf of Mexico late tonight or tomorrow. Our region is within the storm’s cone of probability. We have prepared our emergency operations center for possible activation in the next few days, and employees have been notified to be ready for 24/7 response to ensure the continued delivery of essential city services.
While it’s too early to know exactly where Marco will make landfall, Sugar Land should prepare for the possibility of excessive rainfall, damaging winds and power outages.
Rainfall amounts of 2-5 inches may be possible Monday through Tuesday. We are in close contact with our flood control partners.
The Brazos River is well 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. We have confirmed that LIDs in Sugar Land are prepared to utilize their pumps if necessary.
Because our roadways are designed to hold water during heavy rainfall events, flooded streets are always possible. City crews routinely work to keep storm drains clear, but the public’s help with this effort is important.
Secure loose items around homes, avoid parking on streets and pay close attention to the National Weather Service for the latest weather updates. While it may not be necessary, it’s a good idea to make plans to shelter in place for several days or more just in case by keeping gas tanks full and stocking up on emergency supplies.
Prepare now by visiting www.sugarlandtx.gov/em for planning resources. Be sure to receive important alerts during emergencies by signing up for our Emergency Notification System at www.sugarlandtx.gov/eNotify. 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.
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