Township to Hold Regular Board of Directors Meeting The Woodlands Township Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting via videoconference today, Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time.
View the meeting agenda here. View instructions for public comment.
Message from Fire Chief Palmer BuckThere were no significant changes of the forecasted storm track. Hurricane Laura is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 along the Texas/Louisiana Border and continue north up and out of the state by tomorrow afternoon. The Woodlands has a 50% chance of strong, tropical force winds from 1 to 4 a.m. Thursday morning. Rainfall amounts are expected to be 2 inches or less. The Emergency Operations Center is staffed and open. Our extra response trucks will be coming on line at 6 p.m. Most fire departments across Montgomery County have also staffed extra units. Fire Dispatch staffing has been augmented and we conducted a countywide meeting to go over the communications plan for emergency events.
Chairman Bunch Urges Residents to PrepareNow is the time to be preparing for Hurricane Laura by putting together your hurricane preparedness items and register with the Township to receive alerts in regarding the storm impacts in The Woodlands. View the video here.
Township Emergency AlertsYou can sign up for news and alerts from the Township at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/notifyme. Additional information can be found at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/emergency. Be sure to stay tuned to your favorite television or online news outlet to keep up with the weather. View latest information from the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management.
Hurricane Laura The Woodlands Township is monitoring Hurricane Laura and strongly urges residents to prepare. Township Chairman Gordy Bunch urges residents to keep a close eye on this storm. The Woodlands Township’s Fire Department and Parks system is on full alert and ready to activate as needed for The Woodlands. Additionally, Montgomery County is a pass-through county, which allows coastal residents to safely evacuate through our county.
Hurricane Laura is now a major hurricane over the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico. This very dangerous hurricane is forecast to make landfall on the upper Texas Coast or far Southwest Louisiana. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting that Laura will strengthen significantly prior to landfall overnight and into early Thursday morning. This could mean impacts far from landfall.
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Entergy Storm-Restoration ProcessAs Hurricane Laura makes landfall, Entergy is taking the steps to ensure they are ready to quickly begin restoration as the storm passes. Learn more about the restoration process.
Staying informed before, during and after a tropical system strikes is just as important as making personal storm plans. Here’s how customers can stay updated throughout the event:
The Woodlands Township Facility ClosuresThe following facilities will be closed for Thursday, August 27, 2020:
The Woodlands Express and Town Center Trolleys Suspended Due to WeatherBoth the Town Center Trolleys and The Woodlands Express Park and Ride service are cancelled today, August 26, 2020 and Thursday, August 27, 2020, of this week in light of the current forecast concerning Hurricane Laura. Please follow updates on Twitter @TownshipTransit.
Waterway Nights Concert CancelledDue to Hurricane Laura and its potential impact to our area, the August 27, 2020 Waterway Nights concert has been cancelled.
Waste Management Storm UpdateWaste Management reports no suspension of service, however there may be delays due to roadway impediments elsewhere. Your patience is appreciated. Trucks travel from outside The Woodlands; conditions there may affect service here. If your route is delayed, please leave cart at the curb until service occurs.
High Winds ExpectedBe sure to move large flags, residential signs, garden flags, basketball goals, potted plants, patio furniture, trash cans and other outdoor items that could be blown away or damaged by high winds during Hurricane Laura. Protect your belongings, your home and your neighbor’s home
Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count Sees an Increase of 247 Positive CasesMontgomery County Public Health District (MCPHD), in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, can sadly confirm four additional deaths related to COVID-19. They offer their condolences to all four families at this difficult time.
They can also confirm:
Due to Hurricane Laura, the offices of Montgomery County Public Health District (MCPHD) and Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) will be closed tomorrow, August 27, 2020, therefore, there will be no COVID-19 update. They plan to continue providing COVID-19 updates on Friday, August 28, 2020.
Have questions? Please go to https://mcphd-tx.org/ and scroll down to the FAQs.
Take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
You can find more information on the SETRAC website, setrac.org. You can view the list of case-by-case updates on the MCPHD website here: https://mcphd-tx.org/coronavirus-covid-19/confirmed-cases/. You can refer to the dashboard here: https://coronavirus-response-moco.hub.arcgis.com/.
Harris County COVID-19 Case CountHarris County Public Health (HCPH) publishes their daily case count, combined with the City of Houston’s daily case count, here. Cases by zip code in Harris County can be found by clicking on areas of the map. The Village of Creekside Park is located in two zip codes: 77375 and 77389, and these also include Magnolia, Augusta Pines/Auburn Lakes/West Rayford Road in northwest Harris County. Today, Harris County is reporting zip code 77375 has 744 confirmed positive cases with 221 active cases, and 77389 has 364 confirmed positive cases with 78 active cases.
COVID-19 Case Count Brief from The Woodlands Fire DepartmentAs of Wednesday, August 26, 2020, + or – signifies change since previous report.
Get Tested for COVID-19Free COVID-19 testing is available for residents of Montgomery County online at https://www.mchd-tx.org. Call 936-523-3916 for more information.
Harris County residents may also sign up for free COVID-19 testing online at hcphtx.org. Call 832-927-7575 for more information.
Genalyte Expands COVID-19 Antibody Testing in The WoodlandsGenalyte announced the opening of a new COVID-19 antibody testing site at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, Texas, 77380)
Genalyte’s SARS-CoV-2 MultiAntigen Serology Panel, which tests for antibodies the body can produce in response to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), offers appointments available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning Monday, August 31, 2020. Register today.
Governor Waives Houston-Area Tolls Ahead of Hurricane LauraGovernor Abbott has directed the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to waive all tolls along the agency’s portion of SH 99/Grand Parkway beginning at 7 p.m. on August 25, 2020. Read the full press release.
Governor Adds 36 Counties to State Disaster DeclarationGovernor Abbott yesterday, August 25, 2020, held a press conference in Austin where he provided an update on the state’s response to Hurricane Laura. Additionally, the Governor announced that he has added 36 counties to his State Disaster Declaration due to the threat of severe rain, wind, and flooding. Read the full press release and the State Disaster Declaration.
Governor Mobilizes Texas National GuardAt the order of Governor Greg Abbott, more than 70 members with the Texas Army, Air National Guards, and Texas State Guard with the Texas Military Department (TMD) have been activated and are pre-positioning throughout the state of Texas ahead of Hurricane Laura. Additional personnel remain ready to respond in impacted areas as needed. Read the full press release here.
Mask Orders: State of Texas and Montgomery and Harris CountiesThe State of Texas requires all individuals over the age of 10 to wear a face covering (over the nose and mouth) wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another individual not in the same household. Read the full executive order.
Harris County directs any businesses providing goods or services to require all employees and visitors to wear face coverings in areas of close proximity to co-workers or the public. Everyone over the age of 10 must wear a face covering while in businesses or on commercial properties. Businesses that fail to comply could be fined up to $1,000. This order is in effect until August 26, 2020.
Montgomery County does not have a mask mandate for businesses, however many businesses request or require the wearing of masks.
Hurricane Laura Evacuation and Lodging InformationWith the impending arrival of Hurricane Laura to the Texas Gulf Coast and Southwest Louisiana, The Woodlands area is projected to see an increase in hotel activity due to its proximity to Houston and the evacuation route of I-45. To quickly serve traveling evacuees, Visit The Woodlands has updated its website with the latest availability in The Woodlands.
If you are in an evacuation route for the storm and are in need of shelter, The Woodlands currently has hotel availability (as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, 2020) with many properties accepting pets. All hotels in The Woodlands are prepared for evacuees and will continue to follow the strongest COVID-19 related health and safety procedures. For hotel bookings and more information visit, www.visitthewoodlands.com/hotels.
Storm Impact InformationTo stay up-to-date on the potential storm impacts and information specific to The Woodlands, visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/getready.
Numerous resources are available in the community for support. These vary from food banks to financial assistance and much more. Please visit the Community Resources webpage to find more information about resources in the community related to COVID-19.
Clear the Shelters – Gain a Best FriendThis year Clear the Shelters is a month-long event taking place from August 1 through August 31, 2020. All pet adoption fees have been waived. NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ Clear The Shelters nationwide pet adoption campaign returns for a sixth consecutive year in August 2020 with sponsors such as WeRescue, 24PetWatch and greatergood.org. Please visit ClearTheShelters.com for more information.
Adoptions are by appointment only to maintain social distances. To adopt an animal, please visit the Montgomery County Animal Services webpage to schedule a time. View Adoptable Dogs View Adoptable Cats
Township’s Coronavirus PageThe Woodlands Township’s COVID-19 page can be found at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/covid19. This page features Montgomery and Harris county hubs, community resources and news from the Federal Government and the CDC. It also includes the latest news from the Township, partner agencies, important links, FAQs, live Twitter feeds and more.
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