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Council approves all items on busy agenda

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Deer Park City Council unanimously passed all items on its busy agenda Tuesday night. Among the items was approval of the city budget; the appointment of a new medical director; and applications for FEMA reimbursement grants for emergency protective measures an debris removal during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Leaders discuss city, community response to Hurricane Harvey

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From monitoring floodwaters to performing high water rescues to having to dispel social media rumors the City of Deer Park personnel were busy during Hurricane Harvey. At Wednesday’s Rotary Club meeting, city leaders discussed the city’s and community’s response to one of the worst storms in the nation’s history.

County to aerially spray Deer Park, other locations for mosquitoes

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HC Mosquito MapThe shaded striped areas, including zip code 77536 show where Harris County plans to aerially spray for mosquitos. The project begins tomorrow and should take more than one day to cover more than 600,000 acres of land. Photo provided by the Harris County Health Department.

The rain left behind by Hurricane Harvey has created large areas in Harris County where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.

To address increasing numbers of mosquitoes and the risk they pose to the recovery effort and public health, the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing flying modified C-130 cargo planes staged out of Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio will be conducting an aerial spray operation beginning Thursday evening, Sept. 14 and may take more than one day. The plan is to spray approximately 600,000 acres by air, weather permitting.

Photo Gallery: Deer Park at Pearland Dawson

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After having its season opener cancelled because of Hurricane Harvey, the Deer Park football team played under the Friday Night Lights. Click the image to see a great photo gallery of the action at Pearland Dawson from Deer Park Photos!

DPVFD to present Fill the Boot check, city to honor finance office at next council meeting

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The Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department will present a check for over $6,500 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the September 19 City Council meeting, following a very successful “Fill the Boot” campaign in August.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM in the City Hall Council Chambers, and the public is encouraged to attend.

“On behalf of the entire Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department, we would like to thank the citizens of Deer Park for their incredible generosity during the ‘Fill the Boot’ campaign,” said Justin Crow, DPVFD Deputy Chief, Station 2. “Altogether, we were able to raise $6,572.34, which will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to aid in their fight against neuromuscular diseases. Thank you, Deer Park!”

FEMA advises applicants against rumors, misinformation & fraud

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is raising awareness that Hurricane Harvey disaster survivors, and their friends and family, must be alert for false rumors, scams, identity theft, and fraud. Although many Americans are working hard to help their neighbors now, during chaotic times, some will always try to take advantage of the most vulnerable.

Tax rate, public hearings on short council agenda

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park City Council will hold its regular meeting Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will open with a public hearing regarding the city adopting a standards of care for the All Star Activity Program. After the public hearing, council will move on to a short regular meeting agenda.

Deer Park evacuation shelter closes

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Approximately 48 hours after it opened, the Red Cross shelter established at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center closed Thursday afternoon. City officials estimate over 200 evacuees from Hurricane Harvey were sheltered in Deer Park by the city and Red Cross.

City to resume curbside garbage pick up

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Citizen advisory: The City of Deer Park will resume curbside garbage pick-up beginning tomorrow (Friday, September 1) and Saturday (September 2). All garbage must be placed curbside by 8AM for pickup.

According to Sanitation Supervisor Ben Alexander, customers whose garbage is typically collected on Fridays will have their items picked up tomorrow, Friday.

Customers whose garbage is typically collected on Thursdays will have their items picked up Saturday.

“We are pleased to announce that we will be able to resume curbside garbage pick-up starting tomorrow morning,” City Manager Jay Stokes said. “By conducting garbage pick-up both Friday and Saturday, we will be able to reach all of our curbside garbage customers.

“Our regular garbage pick-up schedule will resume on Monday, September 4 (Labor Day). We sincerely appreciate our community being patient with us as we get back on track following Harvey.”

Alexander said the Sanitation Division will also continue collecting flood debris and heavy trash on Friday and Saturday, asking only that the two types of waste be physically separated.

Pick-up of flood debris and heavy trash will also continue next week, Monday through Friday.

“There is no limit on the number of bags residents may place curbside tomorrow and Saturday,” Alexander said. “We are going to work with our citizens to collect as much curbside garbage and flood debris as we can over the next two days, and we will be working to collect both types of waste again on Monday morning and through that week.

"We will continue picking up heavy trash and flood debris every weekday going forward until there is no more to remove."

Alexander advised that the Transfer Station will not be open on Saturday for garbage drop-off.

Community leaders ask for patience as storm moves away

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Although the worst of Hurricane Harvey seems to have spared Deer Park, the city and its residents are not yet out of the woods.

“Deer Park is in fantastic shape, all things considering, but it’s not over,” said Mayor Jerry Mouton in a conference call. “We still have rain and the storm is still over us. Reopening the school district, the city and getting things up and running will be an unprecedented effort.”

Victor White, DPISD superintendent, echoed previous reports of water in campuses, adding that most water came from roof leaks and drainpipe backup.

“They are more annoyances rather than damage,” he said.

He said the library carpet inside Deepwater Junior High has already been removed and efforts are being made to dry the area.

Although Deer Park ISD hopes to resume classes next week, the school is assessing what faculty and staff will be available as many employees also suffered home damage from the floods.

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center. This shelter is meant to accommodate overflow evacuees from other shelters. At this time, no volunteers or donations are needed at this location. Displaced citizens should note this is not a walk-up shelter.

Also, city leaders are asking well-meaning citizens to NOT start up shelters at their local churches and facilities. The Red Cross is coordinating streamlined efforts to take in evacuees and provide them with the items they need. The city and Red Cross will announce what, if any, donations, items and volunteer power is needed.

Should citizens choose to leave the safety of their own community to assist at other hard-hit locations, they must be aware that hospitals are not accepting patients. If citizens are injured while trying to get to other locations, they could be stranded with no medical help available.

Also, city leaders are asking the public’s help in squashing social media misinformation. They called it one of the biggest issues they faced over the last few days. They asked citizens to please be careful with what they shared on social media and what innuendoes they made.

Citizens should also conserve their energy and resources. The status of needs throughout the community might change on a day-to-day basis and they ask that the public remain patient and get their information from official sources such as city-operated websites and social media.