August 29, 2017

Beginning the Transition to Recovery

Finally, some good news.  We’re not quite there yet, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  The overnight elevation data from Brays Bayou says it all:

As we saw yesterday, however, the Bayou’s receding can be two steps forward, one step back as further rains fill it up again.  Plus, the unfathomable amount of water upstream of us still to work its way through the system will keep levels above normal for quite some time to come.

The City remains in response mode, and last night we continued transporting and checking on people in need of assistance.  Public Works crews are keeping our overloaded wastewater system running.  It is, and we’re asking residents to help by flushing toilets sparingly and minimizing use of dishwashers, washing machines and showers, to avoid unnecessary additional demand.  Drinking water has at all times remained safe.

We are now beginning the process of transitioning into disaster recovery mode, but it is a process.  We’ve been planning for it since even before this event began, and we’re now refining those plans and preparing to make them operational.  Recovery will include debris removal and assistance to homeowners cleaning up flooded properties, and eventual resumption of regular city services.  However, I must emphasize we’re not quite at that point yet, and ask for your continued patience.  As soon as our emergency officials give the signal we will let you know.