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Hurricane Harvey Information
Storm Debris Removal

To date, more than 101,00 cubic yards of storm debris have been picked by the combined efforts of CrowderGulf (the City’s debris removal contractor), the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and our own League City Public Works Department. Vehicles and crews from all three sources have significantly reduced the time taken to remove debris from the community. As such, a Final Effort to complete debris removal will begin Tuesday, October 24th by both CrowderGulf and City Public Works forces. The intent of the effort is to combine both a 2nd Pass and final removal pass throughout the City. All residents who have remaining storm related materials are requested and strongly encouraged to move those materials into the Rights-of-Way area of their residential lots (generally 10 feet from the edge of the street in front of a home).

 

To help make the process as quick and efficient as possible, residents are asked to:

 

·       Separate storm debris from regular household trash.

·       Sort debris into different piles, if possible: construction & demolition debris; appliances; and household hazardous waste.

·       Move any vehicles that are parked in the streets.

·       Keep debris out of bags, if possible. If debris is already bagged, please open the bag or cut a slit in it that makes it possible to identify the contents as storm debris.

·       Place debris on the curb, without blocking the roadway or storm drains.

·       Do not allow a contractor performing new repair, or new construction, on your home to place new repair or construction materials on a storm debris pile. The disposal of those materials is the obligation of the contractor performing the new repair or construction work.

 

Thank you for assisting with this difficult but necessary effort.


Household Trash Service
Republic restarted trash service on September 1 and is working to restore regular service to League City residents and businesses as quickly as possible. Additional resources have been deployed in the city to expedite the process. But due to large volumes of trash, extremely long wait times at the landfill, and additional drivers who are new to the area and may have inadvertently missed some streets, their regular service time has been reduced. Anyone who has not received trash service in a week or longer should call Donna Ofsanko at (281) 554-1445, and she will work directly with Republic to get their trash picked up as quickly as possible.


Curbside Recycling
Regular curbside recycling service resumed on Wednesday, September 20.


Changes in City Services

Permit Fees
Permit fees will be assessed only for the cost of any new construction not related to the flooding.

Permits are not required for the following:

  • Sheetrock/Drywall removal and replacement
  • Flooring removal & replacement
  • Cabinet removal & replacement


Permits are required for the following:

  • Any construction, repair, alteration, improvement, removal, demolition, and/or replacement to a structure
  • Any electrical, mechanical (HVAC) or plumbing. These permits must be obtained by a licensed professional registered with the City unless authorized by the Building Official.
  • Total removal of structures damaged by the flood. This includes lower floors, garages, blow out walls, etc. These are considered Demolition permits and will not be charged a fee. Remodeling permits may be obtained at the same time or at a later date. 

 

When obtaining permits, a description of damage needs to be included in the application. Pictures are extremely helpful but not required. The best way to assure the person you are hiring is credible is to verify they are registered with the city. The League City Building Department is here to help with questions or concerns regarding construction, repairs, removal, demolition, and/or replacement of structures damaged during this event and answer any questions related to permit requirements. If you have any questions, please stop by the Permit office or call (281) 554-1490.
The United States Environmental Protection agency also offers useful tools and information about what to do after a flood. Click here fore more information. 


Facilities
Hometown Heroes reopened on Friday, September 15 for normal business hours. All regular programming at Hometown Heroes resumed at that time. Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside is now open. Power has been restored at the park, and it will now resume normal park hours. The Paddleboat Race scheduled on September 23 at Countryside Park has been postponed until November; a definite date has not yet been set.

Utility Billing
Due to Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent disruption to the lives of our citizens and city operations, the City of League City will not be processing penalties or disconnections for non-payment of water utility service through September 30. Water rates have not increased after Hurricane Harvey; in fact, the City of League City's water rates have not changed since November 2015. 

Municipal Court
All late fees will be waived and not assessed until September 27.  Payment dates and court dates will be reset upon request.

Helen Hall Library

The Helen Hall Library will forgive all fines accrued during the storm and while the library was closed due to inclement weather. Please contact the Circulation section at (281) 554-1120 for more information.


Hurricane Harvey Recovery Resources

D-SNAP Location Opening in League City

On Monday, October 9, the Department of Health and Human Services will open a temporary Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) location at 200 Gulf Fwy. South, where the League City Harvey Distribution Center was previously located. The program offers short-term food assistance benefits to Galveston County residents recovering from the recent disaster.

The D-SNAP location will be open Monday, October 9 through Sunday, October 15 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Galveston County residents will need to apply at the center on certain days, based on the first letter of their last name. The anticipated schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Oct. 9            A-C
  • Tuesday, Oct. 10          D-H
  • Wednesday, Oct. 11      I-M
  • Thursday, Oct. 12         N-R
  • Friday, Oct. 13             S-Z
  • Saturday, Oct. 14          Anyone
  • Sunday, Oct. 15            Anyone

 

Due to the substantial amount of people affected by Hurricane Harvey, a large number of participants is anticipated, along with heavier-than-normal traffic in the area. We appreciate your patience and support of this valuable program in our community. For more information on D-SNAP and a schedule for the League City location (once finalized), visit https://hhs.texas.gov/services/financial/disaster-assistance/disaster-snap


Galveston County Disaster Outreach Form
Following the unprecedented flooding Hurricane Harvey caused, many county residents have found themselves on the long road to recovery. To help citizens on the path to rebuild their homes and lives, Galveston County officials have put together a Disaster Assistance Outreach Form, designed to assess damage in specific areas and provide long-term resources to those who need it most.

 

“It will be months, maybe years, before areas of the county are back to normal,” County Judge Mark Henry said. “The county will continue to provide as much help as we can, for as long as we can and this form will tell us what that assistance needs to look like.” 

 

The form can be accessed directly at:  http://www.galvestoncountytx.gov/hd/Pages/DisasterOutreach.aspx

 

This outreach form is issued by Galveston County to document damage in anticipation of long-term recovery efforts. Filling out this form does not guarantee assistance. By completing this form, residents may be contacted at a later date as county programs become available.

 

It is important residents DO NOT use this survey to request immediate direct assistance or disaster relief from FEMA. To apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance, please visit: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

 

Emergency Assistance from the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is providing emergency assistance in the amount of $400 to qualified households directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Assistance will be issued per household. Registration for this program will be open through Tuesday, October 10, 2017. For more information or to apply, visit:
https://harveyhelp.redcross.org/index.html

Disaster Recovery Centers 
A Disaster Recovery Center is now open at the Recreation Center (450 W. Walker). Representatives from FEMA will be on-site to help answer questions and assist anyone who has been affected by Hurricane Harvey. The center opened on September 14 at 1 p.m.; updated hours of operation are Monday- Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m., until further notice. Please share this information with any family members, friends or neighbors who have been impacted by Harvey.

To find other disaster recovery centers nearby, visit http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/mobile.htm 


Hurricane Harvey Relief through the Texas General Land Office
Hurricane Harvey relief through the Texas General Land Office is locally led, state supported and federally funded. For more information, visit texasrebuilds.com/

FEMA Rumor Control

FEMA has developed a Harvey Rumor Control website to provide accurate, up-to-date information on rumors circulating about storm recovery efforts.

Temporary Shelters of the American Red Cross
Sander’s Community Center
501 4th Avenue North
Texas City, TX 77590
(409) 655-5573

Carbide Park
4102 Main Street
La Marque, TX 77568
(409) 934-8100

Distribution Center
Residents who need assistance may visit the Salvation Army’s Relief Center, or contact one of our Community Partners listed below.

Salvation Army Relief Center
Mall of the Mainland in Texas City (between Golds Gym and the old JC Penney)
FM 1764, FM 2004, and I-45
Texas City, TX 77591
Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
www.facebook.com/SalArmyGalvestonCounty/



Federal Resources Available

Hurricane Harvey Recovery Federal Resource Guide
Staff for the City of League City collected information on federal resources designed to assist individuals impacted by natural disasters. The information in this guide was gathered from publicly available resources and condensed to assist citizens in recovery efforts. The City of League City cannot guarantee that all the information is current and accurate. To download the Guide, please click Hurricane Harvey Recovery Federal Resources Guide

 

DisasterAssistance.Gov

Victims of Hurricane Harvey are encouraged to register on the DisasterAssistance.gov website. The website allows for users to register for multiple types of federal assistance in one convenient location and serves as a portal for over 17 Federal Agencies and 70 disaster assistance programs.

 

Victims of Hurricane Harvey must register by October 24th, 2017 to receive assistance. The website also allows users to track the status of their applications for assistance, find hotels accepting FEMA vouchers or shelters nearby, and provides detailed information on the types of assistance available.

 

FEMA Guide: What to Do If Your Business or Farm Was Damaged

This guide contains information on how to apply for disaster assistance offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA). FEMA does not offer grants to small businesses or farmers and this financial assistance comes in the form of a low interest long term loan. To access this guide, please click here.

 

FEMA Mobile App

This free application allows users to apply for assistance from their mobile device. The FEMA App provides maps of disaster resources and driving instructions to nearby shelters or disaster recovery centers, alerts from the national weather service, and safety tips. The FEMA App is available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry devices.

 

To download the free app, click here. 

 

 

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans

In the wake of a natural disaster, the Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes. These loans are designed to help you recover from uninsured or underinsured disaster losses. Loans can be used to repair or replace: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory, furniture and fixtures, and other business assets. Additional funds may be available for refinancing an existing mortgage or for mitigation projects that protect against future disasters. The SBA also provides working capital loans to businesses that have suffered economic injury from a disaster.

 

Applying for a SBA Disaster Loan is a three-step process:

 

1.     Register with FEMA and apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ or in person at a local Disaster Recovery Center.

2.     SBA will conduct a credit check and schedule an onsite inspection to determine the total of verified losses. A loan officer will work with you to approve or decline a loan.

3.     Within 5 days of signing SBA loan closing documents the initial disbursement will be made.

 

To learn more about SBA disaster loans, please visit the links below:

SBA Fact Sheet for Homeowners and Renters

SBA Fact Sheet for Businesses of All Sizes

 

 

IRS Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced significant tax relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Those in Texas impacted by the storm now have until January 31, 2018 to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments. To learn more about this tax relief opportunity, please click here.

 

 

State, Regional, & Local Resources

 

2-1-1      Texas

Texas 2-1-1 connects Texans with information on social services and disaster-related information. Visit www.211Texas.org to connect with services or call 2-1-1 to speak with an operator about your individuals needs.

 

Galveston County Food Bank

If you are having trouble affording food items, the Galveston County Food Bank provides Mobile Food Distribution in League City 4 times per month. For a full list of Mobile Food Distribution locations, please click here.  

Mobile Food Bank Pickup Locations

 

709 Wilkins Street
League City Elementary School
2nd Thursday of Every Month at 1:00 p.m.

1411 West Main Street
League City United Methodist Church
Alternating Friday’s at 1:00 p.m.
281-332-1557

 

Galveston County Emergency Management

Galveston County’s central location for information relating to natural disasters and updates on FEMA related issues can be found at GCOEM.org. Information to assist in cleanup are included in Harvey Recovery Fact Sheets and may be downloaded here.

 

 

Texas Workforce Commission

Disaster unemployment assistance is available for those who lost their job as a result of Hurricane Harvey. To apply directly online, click here. The deadline to apply for disaster unemployment assistance is October 31st, 2017. 

 

The Texas Workforce Commission’s Hurricane Harvey Resource Page provides information for job seekers who have lost their job as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Employers have partnered with the Texas Workforce Commission to market specific jobs directly to victims of Hurricane Harvey at HurricaneHarvey.jobs.

 

Disaster Recovery Loans for Local Businesses

Several local lending institutions have created a new financial tool called a Business Recovery Loan to assist local businesses who suffered physical damage or economic losses due to Hurricane Harvey. These loans are designed to be short-term in nature and provide gap-financing for the period before insurance or FEMA payouts are made.

 

Home Town Bank

180-day loan at fixed rate of 4 percent

(281) 554-3265

1406 West Main Street, League City

 

Moody National Bank

180-day loan at fixed rate of 4 percent

(281) 998-3337

2901 South Shore Blvd, League City

 

Texas First Bank

180-day loan at fixed rate of 4 percent

(281) 332-6900

111 TX-3, League City

 

AMOCO Federal Credit Union

Existing members of AMOCO Federal Credit Union may apply for a 24-month loan of up to $3,000 at 2.4 percent. The deadline to apply for this program is September 30th, 2017.


Community Partners for Hurricane Harvey Relief & Recovery Assistance

League City organizations are accepting donations and volunteers to assist with the recovery process. This section features local volunteer opportunities as well as community organizations that are accepting donations to be used locally.

If you organization is interested in promoting local volunteer opportunities or in raising donations and your are not already listed on this page, then please call (281) 554-1038.


Bay Area Church

4800 W. Main St.

League City, TX  77573

(281) 332-2133

www.bayarea.church


Bay Harbour Methodist Church
3459 FM 518 East
League City, TX  77573
(281) 334-1100
www.bayharbourumc.org/

Citymark Church

231 W. Main Street

League City, TX 77573

(281) 554.4200

www.citymarkchurch.org



Clear Creek Community Church

Multiple locations -- www.clearcreek.org/new-here/when-where-we-meet

(281) 338-5433

www.clearcreekrelief.org

www.clearcreek.org



Interfaith Caring Ministries

151 N Park Avenue

League City, TX 77573

(281) 332-3881

www.icmtx.org



Lifepoint Church

2450 E. Main St., Ste H

League City, TX 77573

(832) 864-2246

www.cometolifepoint.org



Lighthouse Fellowship of Friends Church

925 3rd Street

League City, TX 77573

(281) 332-6631

www.lighthousefellowship.info/about/



Veterans of Foreign Wars - Dickinson

5204 Highway 3

Dickinson, TX 77539

(281) 337-4952

www.vfw.org



The Watershed Church

1751 E League City Pkwy

League City, TX 77573

(281) 332-1070

www.thewatershed.com

Misc. Information

Mold Remediation 
While mold remediation certificates are not required by the City of League City building code, we recommend the mold remediation process be complete prior to starting restoration. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a "Homeowners and Renters Guide to Mold Cleanup after Disasters” that is a useful reference tool. In addition, we would advise that homeowners and businesses coordinate with their insurance and mortgage companies to determine if they require a mold remediation certificate as a part of the restoration process.

Mosquito Spraying 
Mosquito spraying throughout League City is provided by Galveston County Mosquito Control District (GCMCD) from late March through early November. This includes routine spraying by truck and aerial spraying. Due to the significant rainfall levels and flooding from Hurricane Harvey, low-flying military aircraft will be conducting mosquito spraying throughout our area for the next few weeks. The spraying schedule is available online. Residents may contact the Galveston County Mosquito Control at (800) 842-5622 to request spraying in a specific area. 

Message from the Texas Association of Builders
On behalf of the building and remodeling industry in Texas, the members of the Texas Association of Builders want to express their heartfelt sympathies to anyone affected by the tropical storm and Hurricane Harvey that hit the Texas Gulf Coast over the weekend. The professional building and remodeling community stands ready to assist our neighbors as we work to rebuild the homes and communities that have been destroyed or damaged.

As you begin to assess the damage to your home and property, we would like to help you make an informed decision regarding your contractor choice. Before you hire a contractor, we strongly encourage you to do your homework to ensure that you are hiring a reputable, qualified individual or company to help you rebuild your home or business. Here are a few important guidelines to help you select a competent builder or remodeler: 

         Make sure the contractor has a permanent business location and a good reputation with a local bank and suppliers.

         Find out how long they have been in the building business. You want to know that your contractor will be around after construction is complete to fulfill any warranty obligations.

         Check with your local Better Business Bureau to learn if any complaints have been filed against your contractor.

         Some Texas cities require that builders are registered and bonded. Check with your city’s building permits department in this regard.

          Ask for and verify references.

          Enter into a complete and clearly written contract with your builder or remodeler.

          Do not pay for the entire job up front or pay in cash. In fact, state law prohibits contractors in disaster areas from taking up front money unless they have held a physical business address in the county or adjacent county for at least one year. This law, found in Chapter 58 of the Texas Business and Commerce Code, provides other valuable protections for those rebuilding in disaster areas.

          Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids or a hard-sell to “sign today” for a low price.

          Visit the online resources available.

We also want to remind you that some recovery-related expenses are exempt from state and local taxes. Please keep these in mind as you review any bills or invoices that you receive from your contractor: 

          Texas never imposes sales tax on labor for residential repairs.

          In a declared disaster area, purchasers may claim an exemption from sales tax on separately stated charges for labor to repair or restore nonresidential real property damaged by the disaster. The materials that are used to perform the repairs are taxable.

          Taxpayers may claim an exemption from sales tax on charges for labor to repair or restore items damaged by a disaster. The exemption may be claimed on labor to repair furniture, appliances, or other items of tangible personal property. The exemption includes labor costs to launder or dry clean damaged clothes or other property.

          Arborists’ services, such as cutting down or cutting up a damaged or dead tree in a declared disaster area, are not taxable.

          Hauling away branches, limbs, or trees are waste removal services and are taxable.

         Goods and taxable services may be purchased tax free with FEMA, Salvation Army or Red Cross debit cards or vouchers.