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City Welcomes Residents Back

City Welcomes Residents Back

Evacuation and Curfew Orders Lifted

Last Updated: August 27, 2020 by Lee Roane | Trip Planning


August 27, 2020, 8:00 AM

The City of Galveston was fortunately spared the destruction of Hurricane Laura and will welcome residents back today.

The City did not sustain wind or storm damage, and water is receding in the low-lying areas that experienced street flooding. As of this morning, CenterPoint was not reporting any power outages in Galveston.

The City has lifted the mandatory evacuation and residents who left the island may safely return today. The City is working with the state on the safe return of residents who evacuated on buses. The curfew order has been lifted, and there will not be a curfew in the city tonight.

As a local government, we are returning to our normal operations. Sanitation is mobilizing and will collect Wednesday’s route on Friday. Thursday’s route will be collected Saturday. The airport has reopened and is resuming normal services.

The Galveston City Council will meet briefly today at 1:15 p.m. for a storm update via video conference, which will be streamed on Channel 16, galvestontx.gov/GTV, and Facebook @CityofGalveston.

While we feel thankful and lucky this morning, our thoughts are with our neighbors along the upper Texas Coast and Louisiana. The City is reaching out to our various partners to see how we may be able to provide help to those affected by Hurricane Laura.

View from Seawall the morning after Hurricane Laura makes landfall in Louisiana Galveston.com

August 26, 2020, 8:30 AM

The City remains under a mandatory evacuation order and it appears that many residents have complied with that order. Traffic was heavy on I-45 northbound yesterday and few cars are on island roads this morning.  A few gas stations, donut shops, convenience stores, and the like remain open.

In addition, Galveston Mayor Pro Tem Craig Brown signed an order Tuesday implementing a nightly curfew, which prevents people from being on public streets or right-of-way between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM.  The only legitimate reason for a person to be on the roads is to leave the island as part of the evacuation for Hurricane Laura.  The order is in effect until Friday morning.

Home Boarded Up for Hurricane Laura
Historic Home Boarded Up For Hurricane Laura Galveston.com

The City has moved Historic Trolley 501 to the Seawall to avoid possible flooding near downtown where the trolley is normally parked.  Just last week, the trolley was seen rolling down Galveston tracks for acceleration and brake testing.

Galveston Historic Trolley Parked on Seawall during Hurricane Laura
Galveston’s Historic Trolley Parked on Seawall Galveston.com

August 25, 2020, 2:30 PM

For the most part, the island is quiet.  Very few cars are left on the Seawall and Broadway Boulevard.  Home Depot, however, is still a mad house as people continue to load up on plywood to board up windows.

The skies are still blue with only a mild breeze, as you can see from the Pyramid Cam.

Pyramid Cam at Moody Gardens, August 25, 2020 Galveston.com

August 25, 2020, 10:00 AM

Tropical Storm Laura has strengthened to a Cat 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds.

August 25, 2020, 6:00 AM

City of Galveston Mayor Pro Tem Craig Brown signed a mandatory evacuation Tuesday instructing all Galveston residents to begin leaving the island for safety after overnight models shifted the landfall of Hurricane Laura westward.

Tropical Storm Laura, expected to develop into a hurricane today, is predicted to make landfall late Wednesday to early Thursday as a Category 3 Major Hurricane. The landfall is anticipated near the Texas/Louisiana border, according to the latest National Weather Service models. Overnight the track of the storm moved slightly westward toward Galveston.

The mandatory evacuation order was signed at 6 a.m. this morning. Mandatory evacuations will be ongoing throughout the day and early tomorrow, so people have time to secure their properties, businesses, etc. and leave for safety. Residents are NOT required to be off the island by 12 p.m. City services will be suspended at 12 p.m. People should be getting their plans together this morning for an evacuation.

The state will be staging buses throughout the day at the Island Community Center at 4700 Broadway for those residents who need and have signed up for assistance.

“With the uncertainties of this storm and its increasing strength, we need to take all necessary precautions to protect our residents,” Mayor Pro Tem Craig Brown said. “It’s imperative that you make plans this morning to secure your homes and move you and your family to safety off island.”

Police and fire will not be available once winds reach Tropical Storm strength. Those who do not follow the evacuation order should not expect public safety services once conditions worsen.

If you are signed up for the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry, the state will begin staging buses at 48th and Broadway at the Island Community Center this morning. Please plan to arrive at this location before 12 p.m. and as soon as possible. If you are in the STEAR program, but do not have a way to get to the community center, please call 409-765-3710 for assistance.

The full text of the order is available here.

Lee Roane

Lee Roane has worked on the Galveston.com website since 1994. He is interested in history and birding but will write about anything if he thinks it will help someone enjoy the island.

Lee Roane
2020-08-31T08:43:28-05:00

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