Please use this page for all official City communication related to Hurricane Laura.
August 27, 2020 @ 9:30am - Post Hurricane Laura
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management has received questions from partner agencies concerning resources available to Texas residents impacted by Hurricane Laura. The Texas Division of Emergency Management has provided links and phone numbers that can be shared with other partners and the public.
The American Red Cross (ARC) and other non-profit organizations are providing assistance to Laura evacuees. Information can be found at https://www.redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast/get-help.html.
There are no Evacuee Reception Centers in the Beaumont-Port Arthur or East Texas areas. However, the original state Reception Centers are still open and accepting evacuees:
- San Antonio - 254 Gembler Road, San Antonio, TX 78219
- Austin - Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Boulevard, Austin, TX 78617
- Dallas-Ft Worth - Mesquite Reception Center, 15515 E. IH-20, Mesquite, TX 75181
In addition, while there are no shelters in Harris County, evacuees needing shelter in the Beaumont - Port Arthur area can contact the ARC Gulf Coast Region at 713-313-1608.
Partners should anticipate that this information will change without notice. Additional information on state recovery resources may be found at the Texas Hurricane Center
August 27, 2020 @ 9:30am - Post Hurricane Laura
Hurricane Laura made landfall overnight in Louisiana and there were minimal impacts to Nassau Bay and other parts of Harris County. Although we are beyond grateful that Nassau Bay was unaffected by the storm, our hearts and thoughts go out to those to our east that have been impacted by Hurricane Laura.
Thank you to all City Staff and City Volunteers that worked around the clock since this past weekend to prepare for the wost, all the while hoping for the best. The City of Nassau Bay exhibited miraculous teamwork in a time of great uncertainty.
Now that the threat has passed, residents who evacuated are free to safely return to their homes. There was no damage, and we did not experience power outages. We appreciate that warnings were taken so seriously and that our community reacted so quickly.
While we were unscathed, Laura has hit our friends in Louisiana hard. Those who can and want to help should donate funds to the American Red Cross and other reputable relief organizations.
It’s important to remember that Hurricane Laura could have easily made landfall in our area. Hurricane season is far from over, so please use this experience to improve your family’s emergency plans. If you need assistance with your emergency plan or have questions about how to prepare your family and home for disasters, feel free to contact the Nassau Bay Office of Emergency Management at OEM@nassaubay.com.
August 27, 2020 @ 8:30am - City Hall Remains Closed, Phones are Open
The City of Nassau Bay is here if you need us!
Nassau Bay City Hall is CLOSED today (August 27th) but staff are answering calls. Any residents in need of service or who have a question can call our main number at 281-333-4211 until 5:30pm today and from 7:30am to 11:30am on Friday, August 28th.
Although City Hall and standard municipal services are suspended today, emergency services and public works are fully operational. Normal City Hall operations will resume tomorrow, Friday, August 28th.
As a reminder, Ameriwaste will NOT be picking up trash today due to the landfills being closed. The next Ameriwaste trash pickup will be Monday, August 31st.
August 26, 2020 @ 8:00pm - Live Stream from the Nassau Bay Fire & EMS Station
Below is a live stream of the City of Nassau Bay being streamed from the Fire & EMS Station. You can also click here to be taken to the YouTube live stream.
August 26, 2020 @ 6:30pm - Tropical Storm Winds Expected
As Hurricane Laura (Catagory 4) continues to move closer to making landfall to our east, we will begin to experience tropical-storm-force winds in Nassau Bay this evening. Minor deviations from that could cause some increases in wind and storm surge. Downed powerlines and tree limbs could cause power outages in our area.
The City's emergency crews are ready to respond as soon as possible. The City wants all residents to be prepared and stay safe during the storm. Continue to monitor the weather and stay informed. For more information, visit www.readyharris.org,or https://www.weather.gov/hgx/.
August 26, 2020 @ 1:00pm - Live interview with the City of Nassau Bay's Emergency Management Coordinator and the Public Information Officer
Live from the Emergency Operation Center: City of Nassau Bay Emergency Management Coordinator Dena Mahan and Public Information Officer Chani Honecyutt give a Hurricane Laura update live from the Nassau Bay Emergency Operation Center.
August 26, 2020 @ 10:00am - City Hall Phone Lines Down
A PS Lightwave fiber cable that powers phone lines for City Hall, Fire Station, and the Public Works facility has been damaged by a pipeline company. Crews have been working to repair the cable since 9:00pm last night. Repair time today is approximately 3 hours.
For any non-emergency questions regarding Hurricane Laura, please email OEM@nassaubay.com. If you have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
August 25, 2020 @ 8:00pm - Voluntary Evacuation Urged for Those with Medical Needs
In preparation for Hurricane Laura, the City has issued a Voluntary Evacuation Recommendation, especially for those with medical needs.
Nassau Bay is now under a Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning due to potentially dangerous impacts to our area. Hurricane Laura is expected to be a Category 3 major hurricane at landfall, with up to 115 mph winds. On its current track, Nassau Bay can expect to experience tropical storm and/or hurricane-force winds and storm surge. Since Nassau Bay is located in the forecast cone, we need to plan for a potential landfall near Galveston Bay. This is an extremely serious and potentially dangerous storm.
Residents should strongly consider evacuating by early in the day tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26th. We expect tropical-storm-force winds to begin impacting Nassau Bay tomorrow evening, and rising water from storm surge is possible earlier during the day. Do not wait until the last minute to prepare. Now is the time to take action to protect your loved ones and property.
August 25, 2020 @ 1:00pm - Harris County Issues Voluntary Evacuation of Zip Zone A (Nassau Bay)
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) moved to Level 2 – High Readiness at 12:30pm in response to Hurricane Laura.
County Judge Lina Hidalgo has ordered a Voluntary Evacuation of Zip Zone A and Zip Zone B. The order is effective with Mayor Sylvester Turner's and Judge Hidalgo's announcement during their afternoon press conference.
Evacuation information is available here.
While there is still uncertainty in forecast models, large parts of Harris County will see tropical storm to hurricane-force winds beginning Wednesday. In addition, coastal areas will experience storm surge, in excess of 5 feet in some locations.
August 25, 2020 @ 12:00pm - Please Secure Debris and Loose Items
We recommend residents prepare their homes for high winds. Please secure any loose items or debris on your property, including your backyard. These items could become hazardous during strong winds causing further damage. Residents are reminded that parking of boats and trailers in City streets is prohibited.
August 25, 2020 @ 10:30am - City Hall Closed at Noon
The City of Nassau Bay will be closing at 12:00pm on Tuesday, August 25th, to allow employees time to prepare their homes and families. Normal City services will be suspended until after the storm.
Public safety and the Emergency Operations Center will remain operational. City phone lines will remain open for non-emergency calls until 5:30pm on August 25th and Wednesday, August 26th.
Trash Service: Due to the closing of the landfill, Ameriwaste will not pick up trash on Thursday.
Please know we are still monitoring the situation and plans can change at any time. The safety of our residents and staff is our main priority. Please be prepared and continue to check the City's Facebook page and this website for official City updates.
August 24, 2020 @ 5:00pm - Voluntary Evacuation Order Issued
City of Nassau Bay Mayor Mark Denman has issued a voluntary evacuation recommendation for Nassau Bay’s most vulnerable residents including the disabled and those with medical needs.
The latest update from the National Weather Service predicts Tropical Storm Laura will develop into a Category 2 hurricane and track to the upper Texas Coast or southwest Louisiana, making landfall Wednesday night. There is still some uncertainty regarding the track and strength of this storm, and residents should be aware changes could occur quickly. Though a direct hit is not in our forecast, we could experience some high winds, rain, and storm surge. Residents can expect power outages and delays in emergency response during and after the storm.
Whether you evacuate or not, please be sure to secure all loose items outside your home including patio furniture, potted plants, etc.
If you haven’t signed up for Nassau Bay Alerts, please do so now. The link to register is on the Nassau Bay website’s home page, or you can email your address and contact information to OEM@nassaubay.com. This is the primary way Nassau Bay will communicate with residents during emergencies.
August 23, 2020 @ 6:30pm - Make Preparations for Potential Tropical Weather
The City of Nassau Bay's Emergency Operations Center Team is monitoring Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura.
What you should do:
It is important to ACT NOW to prepare your family for potential tropical weather.
Prepare Your Family:
- Review your family’s emergency plan, including what you will do if you stay or if you evacuate.
- Remember to take into account that social distancing, regular handwashing and face coverings are still needed for COVID-19.
- If you live in an evacuation zone (Zip Zone) and will need assistance evacuating for a storm that threatens our region, now is the time to call 2-1-1 or go online to register for assistance.
- Make sure your disaster kit is fully stocked, with enough supplies for each family member, including pets.
- Do not forget about special items for babies, elderly and medically fragile family members.
- Fuel vehicles and generators now.
- Know where important documents are and take pictures of your property for insurance purposes.
- Go to www.readyharris.org for hurricane preparedness information and to sign up for Ready Harris Alerts to stay informed.
- Follow trusted sources such as: National Weather Service Houston-Galveston, Harris County Flood Control District, and ReadyHarris.
- Text MARCO to 888777 to receive tropical weather updates.
Sign Up For Nassau Bay Alerts: www.nassaubay.com/Alerts
Nassau Bay's Emergency Alert system allows City Officials to quickly send alerts via phone, email, or text message directly to residents and businesses. These alerts help keep you informed and safe in the event of an emergency situation.
Where you can learn more:
- Tropical Weather: NOAA National Hurricane Center
- Local Weather: National Weather Service Houston-Galveston
- Local Forecast: NWS Forecast Office Houston/Galveston, TX
- Road Conditions: Houston TranStar