As Hurricane Harvey approaches the Texas coast, Deer Park officials are closely monitoring weather forecasts and coordinating actions and decisions with other local, state, and federal officials. As the storm will impact the City of Deer Park with heavy rainfall for several days, Mayor Jerry Mouton has issued an Emergency Declaration and all City offices will close today at 3:00 PM.
According to a 10AM update from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Harvey is now a strong Category 2 storm expected to reach Category 3 within the next several hours. Once the storm impacts the coast in the Corpus Christi area, it is expected to move inland and slow down, remaining over the Houston area until Monday morning. The storm will bring an anticipated 15 to 25 inches of cumulative rain as well as likely Tropical Storm level winds to the Deer Park area.
The City of Deer Park will shut down all non-essential services beginning at 3PM Friday. City facilities including City Hall and the Community Center will also close at that time. The shut-down will continue through the weekend, with the Transfer Station, the Deer Park Public Library, the Deer Park Animal Shelter and the Dow Park pool being closed.
It is not known at this time if City services – including garbage pick-up – will resume on Monday. City administration will continue to monitor the effects of the storm and make a determination over the weekend.
Essential employees including police and fire personnel and Public Works crews will continue their response through the weekend. Normal trash pick-up will be completed on Friday.
“While other area communities may have issued voluntary evacuations, the current forecasts do not warrant evacuation orders within the City of Deer Park,” Mayor Jerry Mouton said. “Residents in Deer Park are urged to follow their family’s emergency plan, remain up-to-date on weather forecasts, and stay informed through public and social media outlets as well as the city’s website.”
Several important items for citizens:• Residents are responsible for securing their own shelter. The City of Deer Park will not be providing a shelter facility.
• The City of Deer Park has not ordered an evacuation and will not be assisting with evacuations. Residents with health concerns or special needs who wish to evacuate are encouraged to do so.
• The City of Deer Park does not distribute generators, sandbags, water or food - citizens may check local retailers for availability.
• If you have not already done so, please take this time to register for emergency communications from the City of Deer Park. Go to www.readydp.com and click on “Emergency Notifications.”
• Please remember not to drive into high water areas.