Update 6:30 p.m. Feb 16, 2021
We are in this together, La Marque. Please be patient and know City Administration, Public Works and Emergency Management personnel are working as fast as possible to maintain and restore city services. We're asking for your help. Check on your neighbors and help those in need as we brace for another round of winter weather. See below for our evening update.
The ongoing power outage seems to be getting worse for La Marque. Today, power was cut to several subdivisions, as well as vital city infrastructure. Public Works is searching for a generator strong enough to keep the city sewer fully operational. City Administration is in constant contact with power companies, demanding better for our community. Unfortunately, we have no timelines for power restoration at the time of this post.
WATER PRESSURE & BROKEN LINES
As temperatures rise above freezing, thawing water lines tend to rupture. If this happens at your home, find the water supply valve and shut it off until you can make the necessary repairs. If you have a leak and cannot shut off the water supply, call LMPD Dispatch at 409-938-9269, option 4. A Public Works crew will come shut off the main water supply from the street as soon as possible.
If you have no water, your service line is likely frozen. If you have low water pressure, there's probably a water leak near your home. Please be patient. We expect hundreds of residential water line breaks over the next two days.
City crews are working as fast as they can to maintain service. The City's water systems are functioning, and we're addressing infrastructure issues as quickly as possible.
Expect near-freezing temps again tonight. Thunderstorms and cold rain are expected to arrive during the early morning hours tomorrow, Wednesday, February 17, 2021, and continue throughout the day.
Temperatures should creep up to the 40s in our region, which could cause more water lines to rupture. Freezing rain is expected north of Houston, which could negatively impact the ongoing power outage.
Thursday brings windy conditions and a forecast low in the 20s. Icing is possible, and the threat to pipes and infrastructure continues.
Friday brings sunshine, and Saturday should be in the high 50s.
Waste Management canceled the trash service for Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Weather permitting, customers will receive garbage collection on their next service day.
In an effort to reduce power consumption, City of La Marque non-emergency offices will remain closed Wednesday, February 17, 2021. The loss of power has knocked out internet and systems required to take utility bill payments. Late fees will be waived until citizens can safely access City Hall.
City Administration worked with TCISD to extend the warming center at Blocker Middle School Gym until noon on Wednesday. La Marque citizens are welcome to stop by, warm up and charge devices. This center is not a shelter, and it will not have amenities like food or beds.
Most roads are safe and passable in La Marque. Please use caution when traveling over bridges and overpasses until the threat of freezing temperatures has passed.
HERE IF YOU NEED US
For emergencies, dial 911. To report utility emergencies, such as a broken water main, call LMPD Dispatch at 409-938-9269, option 4.
Water Pressure and Broken Water Pipes Update 3:45 a.m. Feb 16, 2021
The City is receiving hundreds of phone calls related to water pressure and water line breaks.