By LYNN SHIGEKAWA
Manvel City Hall shared the pain with its residents as city staff and support personnel began to wade in, assess and clean up damage left by Harvey. As much of Manvel remained under water, the cleanup work began on mopping out, removing flooring, drywall and drying out its own offices.
Mayor Davison documented the impact on Manvel and shared pictures taken by the fire marshal Michael Dumas. “These are pics of our city hall being cleaned up by our incredible public works staff. We are in hope of holding a Special Meeting here on Tuesday for budget, tax rate and annexation.”
In addition, “Representative Pete Olson from Texas’s 22nd congressional district visited us and offered encouragement and support. He asked that we stay in contact about any problem areas that he can help us with.”
Manvel is faced with many issues as the work begins. They have provided information for FEMA assistance, trash pickup, debris removal, free well testing for Brazoria County residents, and mosquito control information.
To apply for FEMA assistance visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov. People without internet access may sign up by calling 800-621-3362. Individuals with speech disabilities or hearing loss and use TTY should call 800-462-7585 directly; those who use 711 or Video Relay Service should call 800-621-3362. Both toll-free numbers will be operational from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
Manvel City Hall and Municipal Court have been relocated to the Manvel EMS building at 6911 Masters, Manvel. Call 281-489-0630 ext. 0 for assistance.
Waste Connections began picking up regular trash (green cans) and recyclable trash (blue cans) on Friday Sept. 1. Residents should place cans out by 7:00 a.m.
Regular trash pick-up does NOT include the storm related trash/debris. The city is working on arrangements to have the storm related trash/debris from flooded areas picked up once all water has receded. To expedite this debris removal process, follow the following rules:
– Debris should be placed curbside, do NOT block the roadway;
– Separate the debris into the following categories: a) construction debris – Building Materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, plumbing parts, etc.; b) Vegetative Debris – Tree branches, leaves, logs, plants, etc.; c) Hazardous Waste – Oil, batteries, pesticides, paints, cleaning supplies, compressed gases, etc.; d) Large Appliances – Washer/Dryer, stoves, water heater, dishwashers, refrigerator, air conditioners; e) Electronics – Televisions, computers, phones, DVD players, etc.
Important Notice: Free well testing will be provided for Brazoria County residents. Contact the Brazoria County Water Lab at 979-864-1628 for information.
Brazoria County has notified the city that the mosquito trucks are in the area with aerial spraying to follow.