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Clear Lake Shores, TX - Sunday, September 20, 2020 - According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Beta continues to move toward a landfall in southeast Texas by early Tuesday morning. A Storm Surge Warning and Tropical Storm Warning are in effect for the city of Clear Lake Shores. TS Beta is forecast to create 10” to 15” of rainfall through Thursday. Based on this forecast, heavy rain, street flooding, high tides and storm surge are possible. Based on projections, high tide Monday morning will be at least a foot higher than Sunday.
The City’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated to a level 4 and continues to monitor the system with the National Weather Service. As part of this activation level city assets have been prepared for extended service times, fuel and supplies such as food and water have been confirmed and portable assets in areas that could be prone to flooding have been elevated.
Residents are urged to closely monitor local media for forecast updates. The City will continue to provide weather updates, additional city preparations, and other changes to city services through our website and social media outlets.
The City of Clear Lake Shores will NOT issue a voluntary evacuation. Personal preparedness is a shared responsibility, and everyone has a role to play. It is the responsibility of each individual to plan, prepare and take reasonable and necessary measures to prevent damage to personal property and ensure their own safety.
We anticipate flooding to impact streets prone to flooding as well as the drainage system affecting those less likely to flood. Clear Lake Road bridge access may be impacted and impassable for a period of time. If you must leave the island portion of the city during this event you may wish to relocate prior to these anticipated events.
MAKE A PLAN
Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan. Discuss the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may affect your hurricane planning.
BUILD A KIT
Since Spring of 2020, the CDC has recommended people include additional items in their kits to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Consider adding cloth face coverings, soap, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to your emergency supply kit. To learn more about the basic emergency supply kit, please visit https://www.ready.gov/kit.
HAVE SEVERAL WAYS TO RECEIVE ALERTS
The City of Clear Lake Shores will use the “CLS CONNECT Emergency Notification System” if necessary. Please ensure that your family, friends, and neighbors are signed up with current information in our system. To receive alerts via email or SMS, you can register by visiting our website www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/clsconnect
DO YOU NEED ASSISTANCE DURING TIMES OF AN EMERGENCY EVENT?
Don’t forget to sign up for the STEAR PROGRAM! The STEAR program is a free registry that provides local emergency planners and emergency responders with additional information on the needs in their community.
SH146 EXPANSION PROJECT UPDATE
All lanes of SH146 are open and all scheduled lane and road closures have been canceled including FM518 and FM2094. TxDOT and the SH146 Expansion contractor are taking all the necessary precautions to secure equipment as necessary. SH146 is a hurricane evacuation route and may experience an increase in traffic congestion throughout the day.