As a quick update before the storms move in tonight, LMS has completed all EAP preparations throughout all districts ahead of the storms. Hurricane Laura is on track to pass over Beaumont and the Lake Charles area as a Cat 4 Hurricane bringing high damaging winds (140mph+) and decent rainfall. Fort Bend County will experience Tropical Storm force winds (35-50mph) and projected 2-4” of rains per 24 hours. All districts are on gravity flow with the Brazos River elevations down, so no pumping operations are foreseen at this time. However, if needed, all pump stations are fully operational and all emergency back-up power is online.
During the storms tonight and tomorrow, expect extremely high winds, steady rainfall, power outages and debris throughout your neighborhood. If you need to go out, please be safe and watch for road closures due to fallen trees.
We will have tree crews staged throughout the night and day tomorrow ready to clear any roads, or drainage channels should it be needed. Also, I spoke with CenterPoint and they have a state mandate that has made them bring in 15,000 additional employees to the hurricane area to help with power restoration as outages occur.
Some good news to all of this, the storm is moving extremely quick and should be through our area by the end of the day on Thursday. Within 36 hours of when it makes landfall, the damaging parts of the storms will pass and it should clear back up in our area for Friday and into the weekend.
LMS will be making emergency inspections throughout the storms to insure no issues in the districts, but again, we anticipate this being a very windy storm, more than a heavy rainfall event.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
Everyone stay safe over the next 36 hours.
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