League City recovering from winter storm

Streets of the MarBella neighborhood in League City were covered with snow Feb. 15. (Courtesy Rico Daniels)
Streets of the MarBella neighborhood in League City were covered with snow Feb. 15. (Courtesy Rico Daniels)

Streets of the MarBella neighborhood in League City were covered with snow Feb. 15. (Courtesy Rico Daniels)

Texas is on its way out of a historic cold snap, and League City is recovering.

City staff worked over the week to ensure city facilities, most of which had no power, were not damaged. However, many League City residents were not so lucky, and thousands are suffering from broken pipes and water damage, according to a message from City Manager John Baumgartner.

Residents are encouraged to take photos, call their insurance companies and contact plumbers to get work done. Once repairs are made, residents can call 281-554-1390 to turn water meters back on, according to the message.

“I want to extend a personal thanks to all City staff members who worked around the clock to keep our residents safe and our infrastructure functioning,” Baumgartner said in the message. “This includes not only our first responders, but our traffic, water, wastewater and facility crews who answered and responded to thousands of calls from our citizens over the last week.”

Baumgartner commended residents who shared food generators and gasoline with city staff and others throughout the crisis.


“We really are stronger together,” he said. “We must continue this resiliency over the coming days as we work to put things back together and return to normal, whatever that is.”

In partnership with Galveston County, volunteers will distribute one case of water per vehicle starting at noon at Hometown Heroes Park. Supply is limited, so residents should allow those with no running water at their homes to receive water first, according to a city news release.

League City is under a boil-water notice that will likely remain through the weekend and into early next week. Residents should have enough water pressure to perform normal daily activities, according to a message from City Manager John Baumgartner.

State law requires water service providers to issue a boil-water notice when water pressure falls below a certain level, putting it at risk for contaminants, according to the message.

Ameriwaste has resumed trash collection and will collect household waste only Feb. 19 and 20. The city expects to have an increased amount of garbage waste and heavy trash due to pipe breaks, according to the message.

Most city buildings reopened Feb. 19, including City Hall, the City Hall annex and the municipal courts building. Helen Hall Library also reopened, and Hometown Heroes Recreational Facility will continue to operate as a warming center until noon Feb. 20.
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

<

MOST RECENT

Imperio Wine & Spirits sells a variety of liquor, beer, wine and spirits. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Imperio Wine & Spirits opens in Katy; Montgomery Chick-fil-A to open dining room and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Greater Houston area.

The flood gauges will help monitor rainfall and stream levels in specific areas during heavy-rainfall events. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
League City installs 6 flood gauges in Clear Creek, Dickinson Bayou watersheds

Once installed and operational, data from the gauges will be published online so residents can track water levels during high-rainfall events.

The art classes are split into kindergarten through fifth graders and sixth through 12th graders. (Courtesy of University of Houston-Clear Lake)
University of Houston-Clear Lake expands offerings at Art School for Children

The school's first classes geared specifically towards children on the autism spectrum will be offered May 22 for grades K-12.

See how some Greater Houston area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
See how some Greater Houston area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year

While some school districts in the Greater Houston area are doing away with face mask requirements and virtual schooling completely, others are pivoting to continue offering online learning options for students and plan to require face masks.

(Courtesy city of Houston)
BREAKING: Collins Aerospace coming to Houston Spaceport

Houston officials have announced another company slated for the Houston Spaceport at Ellington Airport in Clear Lake.

masks
CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

The guidance states fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

Dan Seal, League City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bay Area economy, BAHEP, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Economic official: Bay Area economy chugging along

Despite hurricanes, COVID-19, the February freeze and other hurdles, economic development in the Bay Area continues to move ahead in several industries.

Special Strong offers personal, group and virtual adaptive fitness programs for those with mental, physical and cognitive challenges who want to socialize and improve their health and wellness. (Courtesy Mike Lutey)
IMPACTS ROUNDUP: Adaptive fitness program now open in southeast Houston and more

Here is a roundup of recent business and community news in the Bay Area.

The beaches along the lagoon have been deepened, offering about triple the amount of beach area to accommodate an expected increase in visitors and still allow for social distancing. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)
Crystal Lagoons to debut Houston's longest swim-up bar May 28

New features and activities will include a five-story waterslide, catapult swing and Houston's longest swim-up bar.

Single-family home sales were up 47.4% compared to last April with 9,105 units sold versus 6,175 a year earlier. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
HAR: Houston-area home sales in April up 47% compared to last year

Single-family home sales were up 47.4% compared to April 2020.

House Bill 1024, signed into law May 12, allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go. (Courtesy Pexels)
Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

Supporters say the change will help restaurants continue to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.