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.



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