05/23/16 NOTE ABOUT DEBRIS PICK-UP: The County will continue their neighborhood-wide storm debris pick-up through WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th. This is an extention from the May 20th deadline listed below. After May 25th, Residents should contact the County directly with their debris removal needs: 281-353-8424.
DEADLINE FOR COUNTY DEBRIS PICK-UP: Please have all FLOOD DEBRIS out on the curb by: MAY 15th, 2016
Harris County's FINAL flood debris pick-up will be during the week of May 16th - May 20th, 2016
All debris must be separated into piles by type - appliances, construction, electronics, vegetative*. Click here
for specifics. If you have questions about storm debris removal, call 281-353-8424. (*For Household Hazardous Waste call: 281-560-6230, or visit HHW
Due to the volume of phone calls they have received from our neighborhood, the County will be servicing the entire neighborhood during the dates listed. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO HAVE YOUR DEBRIS SET OUT CURBSIDE by May 15th.
The County has informed us that the extra crews they contracted for storm debris removal will no longer be available after this final sweep, and that their regular work crews are needed for their usual duties. This means their response time to work orders after May 20th could be very slow. If you need assistance after May 20th, call 281-353-8424.
The HPCA Board has contracted with a private company to spray our neighborhood to combat the growing mosquito problem. Our efforts to get the County to perform this task have been unsuccessful, however their testing of mosquitos for disease is ongoing. The private companies have been inundated with requests from numerous neighborhoods, and we just today received bids. We have asked that they begin spraying immediately. They will treat our entire area three times over the next two weeks, at which time we will evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
HARRIS COUNTY PERMITS: Inspectors from the Harris County Engineering Dept. have been going door-to-door in the neighborhood performing flood damage assessments in an effort to expedite permits. If you were not home when they visited your property, they would have left a tag on your door. Please call 713-274-3880 to schedule an appointment.
POOL CARDS after May 7th:
The FREE pool card distribution times have passed. In order to obtain a card, complete & send THIS APPLICATION
, along with $10*
per card, to the HPCA office in person, or by mail, fax or email. Proof of residency must be provided. (If renting, you must provide a valid ID and a copy of your lease agreement naming occupants of household.) *For those of you whose homes flooded: We understand that you have a lot on your plate during your clean-up efforts, and we do not want to add to your burden. There will be no charge for you. Please contact our office as soon as possible and we will accommodate your schedule.
- Free supplies, hot meals, snacks & child care
are being provided to those whose homes flooded by Bear Creek United Methodist Church
. See the attached flyer for specific information: BCUMC
. HPCA wishes to thank all of the local groups that have come to our aid during this crisis.
County Opens Disaster Recovery Centers
Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are opening at noon on Monday, May 2, 2016 in Harris County to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the April severe storms and flooding. Representatives from Harris County, City of Houston, State of Texas, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration, and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid. Those visiting the centers can also talk to experts on ways to prevent future disaster damage.
The center located closest to Bear Creek is: Lone Star College Cy-Fair Library, 9191 Barker Cypress Rd., Cypress, TX 77433, which is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and closed on Sundays until further notice. (See the link below for a listing of three other DRC locations.)
Survivors can register for FEMA assistance by phone (800-621-FEMA) or online ( DisasterAssistance.govDisasterD
) before visiting a center. Going to a DRC is not a requirement of registration, but specialists there can provide guidance regarding disaster recovery and rental resources, explain written correspondence received from FEMA, inform survivors of the status of their application, make referrals to other organizations and answer questions.
FEMA adds three Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers & Federal funds may be available for damaged vehicles. Go to HarrisRecovery.org
for more details.
* * * FLOODING RESOURCES OVERVIEW * * *
Apply for FEMA assistance:
Harris County Permit Hotline:
Report your home as flooded:
Debris Removal Info from the County:
Household Hazardous Waste Information:
Updates from our regular trash service:
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Due to the amount of flooding in our neighborhood and the expected increase in traffic as cleanup progresses, the Board has temporarily increased our Constable patrols. This need will be re-evaluated over the following weeks.
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PRESIDENT OBAMA DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER FOR TEXAS: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of April 17-24, 2016. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
To apply, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov, call 1-800-621-FEMA, or download the FEMA app on your smartphone.
Click here for the complete NEWS RELEASE or for details of the FEDERAL AID PROGRAMS being offered.
Harris County Disaster Recovery Permit Hotline Open for Flood Victims -
From Harris County: "The Permit Hotline is open for residents in Unincorporated Harris County who have flood damage to their homes or businesses and need to repair or rebuild. HOTLINE #: 713-274-3880.
To rebuild, you need a permit. This is a FEMA requirement to ensure that flood insurance is available to residents of Harris County. Your insurance and/or FEMA will likely require seeing a copy of this permit in order to receive money back. If you live outside the 100-year floodplain or if we were able to verify that your house’s slab is above the 100-year floodplain, you will receive a FREE permit to rebuild through the mail; it is being sent out tomorrow from our offices. If you do not receive a permit in the mail by Friday, please call us to ensure that we know that you flooded. We will be happy to mail one out to you. If you live within the 100-year floodplain and we could not verify that your house’s slab is above the 100-year floodplain elevation, we will need to do a FREE house inspection prior to issuing a permit to rebuild. The inspection should take less than half an hour. Please call us to schedule!
All permits and inspections are FREE OF CHARGE as approved by Harris County Commissioners Court. If you are unsure of whether your house is in the floodplain or not, please call our Permits Agents at 713-274-3880
CLICK HERE TO: REPORT FLOODING to the county. If your home was flooded last week, it is very important that you fill out the damage report for Harris County by clicking the link above, whether you are insured or uninsured. This form will not get you reimbursement from the government, but will serve as a way for the county to estimate the amount of damages and will help the local, state & federal agencies determine the types and amount of assistance they may be able to offer for relief efforts.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW: Harris County Flood Recovery Resources
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE:
Neither the County nor WCA will remove Hazardous Waste material from your property. You may drop off such items at the Harris County HHW Facility, 6900 Hahl Road, Wednesdays: 9am – 3pm, Sat. April 30, May 14 & 28: 9am-2pm, or call 713-274-3880
for an appointment. For a list of items they will take, and a map to the facility, go to: HHW
If you need assistance concerning your regular trash service, contact WCA directly at 281-368-8397
. See the WCA WEBSITE
for updates concerning service in flooded areas.