The City of Richmond has increased the city’s readiness to Level 3, enhanced readiness, and activated its emergency operations center to prepare for Hurricane Laura. While it may not be necessary, residents should plan to shelter in place for several days or more just in case by keeping gas tanks full and stocking up on emergency supplies.
City of Richmond employees are ready to provide 24/7 response to ensure the continued delivery of essential city services. Hurricane Laura’s projected landfall is somewhere between Galveston and Lafayette, Louisiana, early Thursday morning as at least a category 3 hurricane. Based on the current forecast track of a landfall at the Texas/Louisiana border, Richmond could expect 1-4 inches of rainfall. The Brazos River is currently below flood stage. Floodgates operated by Levee Improvement Districts are expected to remain open and storage capacity currently exists in ditches and lakes that hold water during heavy rainfall events. Flooded streets, damaging winds and power outages are always possible during strong storms. Forecasters warn their confidence in the current track and intensity of the storm is average. Our area is within the cone of probability, and a westward shift remains possible. We should all pay very close attention to the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center, the authoritative sources of weather information. Regardless of the storm’s track, Richmond should prepare for flooded streets, damaging winds and power outages during strong storms. Please help us keep storm drains clear, secure loose items around homes and avoid parking on streets.