Harvey brings flooding, outages to Pearland

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

Hurricane Harvey dropped over 38 inches of rain on Pearland and made certain roadways within the city impassable for days. Damage assessments have not been completed, but Pearland officials expect to begin the process soon.

In Pearland, over 250 residents were rescued from their homes, with the bulk of the rescues occurring east of Cullen Parkway, according to city officials.

An emergency evacuation hub was first established at the Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium, although the center did not take self-evacuated residents. The hub was a temporary location to transport residents to emergency shelters outside the city.

Two American Red Cross shelters near Pearland were set up at Dobie High School off Blackhawk Boulevard and Living Stones Church in Alvin but both were at capacity as of Monday evening.

Pearland opened its first shelter for self-evacuated residents at Pearland High School at noon on Aug. 29. Another shelter was set up in Crosspoint Church.

Roads that were impacted from flooding included Bailey Road, Barry Rose Road, Business Center Drive, Country Place Parkway, County Road 90, Cullen Parkway, Dixie Farm Road, Hwy. 288, Kingsley Drive, Kirby Drive, and Magnolia Crossing Lane.

Other roads with high water included McHard Road, O’Day Road, Old Alvin Road, Pearland Parkway, Shadow Creek Parkway, Southern Trails Drive, Southfork Drive, Southwyck Parkway, Walnut Street, West Broadway, and Yost Boulevard. High water made some of the roads listed impassable for several days.

The banks of Clear Creek also flooded in Pearland. Nearly 13 inches of rain fell at Clear Creek near Hwy. 288 in 24 hours, causing a 100-year flood and inching toward a 500-year flood event, according to Brazoria County officials.

Hundreds of power outages were reported. The highest concentration of outages were in central Pearland off FM 518 at O’Day Road and at Hatfield Road, where 133 and 106 outages were reported respectively. A third concentration of 116 outages was reported south of Bailey Road and east of Harkey Road, according to Centerpoint.

The city set up a curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 p.m. but has since adjusted it to be midnight to 5 a.m.

Some city facilities have opened as of Aug. 31 but the City Hall Annex is still closed.

City officials posted an online map of impacted areas by the hurricane and will continue to update the map as more reports come in to the city. Access the map at the city website at www.pearlandtx.gov.

“It’s going to be a couple more days before we assess damage citywide,” Public Information Officer Sparkle Anderson said.

Public Works crews will be out assessing road conditions to ensure the most accurate information is available for map updates.

Any Pearland resident who has experienced damage in their home should report that information to the city at pearlandtx.gov/damagereport. Businesses can use this link: pearlandtx.gov/commercialdamage.

Recovery has begun for residents and businesses and volunteers are working with those impacted most to provide much needed clean up for flooded areas.

Monetary donation opportunities to help with those affected by Hurricane Harvey:
American Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast
Christian Helping Hands – http://www.christianhelpinghands.org/
Greater Houston Community Foundation–Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund – https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/
Homeland Preparedness Project – http://www.homelandpreparedness.org/
Pearland Neighborhood Center – http://www.pnctexas.com/
United Way of Brazoria County – https://www.uwbc.org/
United Way of Galveston County Mainland – http://uwgcm.org/
United Way of Greater Houston – https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/

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