Clarification: West University Place will collect yard waste July 10 as part of normal collection efforts that were delayed from July 8. Storm debris collection will take place tentatively early next week.

Updated 12:15 p.m. July 10

The city of Bellaire released more details on plans for debris pickup July 10.

The city, through a third party debris removal contract, will begin collecting debris early next week. Vegetation—including large tree limbs, tree trunks and leaves—will be picked up during an initial pass, while construction debris—including fence panels, lumber and building material—will be picked up in the second pass that will take place at a date to be determined.

Residents should have debris on the curb by the morning of July 15.

Similar to West U, officials are asking residents to clearly separate storm debris from other types of trash and recycling, and to separate vegetation debris from construction debris. Residents should not bag debris, and should avoid placing it under low-hanging utility and tree lines. Debris should not be placed in the street, or blocking sidewalks, water meters or fire hydrants.

Bellaire, like West U, will waive permit fees related to damage repairs.

Posted 3:20 p.m. July 9

In the wake of Hurricane Beryl, city officials in Bellaire and West University Place are opening cooling centers and setting plans for how to clear debris in the coming days.

The big picture

West University Place residents can access cooling/charging centers at the following locations during regular business hours:
  • City Hall, 3800 University Blvd.
  • Recreation Center, 4210 Bellaire Blvd.
  • Community Building, 6104 Auden St.
City officials announced July 9 court hearings originally scheduled for that day had been rescheduled, and notifications were sent out individually. City swimming pools at the recreation center and Colonial Park remained closed July 9. Judson and Huffington parks will remain closed until further notice due to storm debris, officials said.

Bellaire city officials announced July 9 that most city facilities were open and running as usual, including city hall, the public works building, the public safety building, the municipal court building and the recreation center.

The Bellaire City Library will remain closed until power is restored, officials announced July 9. As officials continue storm recovery efforts, city swimming pools, Mulberry Park tennis courts and other parks will remain closed. City staff spent July 9 making contact with residents to provide assistance on storm damage reporting to the Texas Office of Emergency Management.

Stay in the know

West U officials provided the following schedule for waste cleanup for the rest of the week:
  • July 10: recycling and yard waste
  • July 11: normal collection
  • July 12: normal collection
A tentative storm debris collection pass will take place early next week in West U, while a future pass will take place at a date to be determined. Residents are encouraged to move storm related debris to the curb before next week, including large tree limbs, tree trunks, lumber, fence panels, and construction and demolition debris. Storm debris should be clearly separate from regular trash and should not be placed in the street, or block sidewalks, water meters, low-hanging utility lines or fire hydrants.

In Bellaire, city officials said collections related to Beryl debris will take place on July 12 or July 15, with more specifics to be announced. Residents can start placing vegetation on the curb, and city officials said they will pick up what they can with regular limb/brush collection.

Also of note

Residents can get updates on storm recovery efforts in Bellaire here and in West University Place here. West U officials announced July 9 the city phone line was down, but 911 was not affected.

In Bellaire, officials said the water system has experienced some power challenges and have asked residents to temporarily conserve water, including by:
  • Shutting off irrigation systems
  • Waiting to wash dishes or do laundry
  • Not letting faucets run
  • Waiting to bathe if possible
However, officials emphasized city water is safe to drink.

A special West University Place City Council meeting has been set for 11:30 a.m. July 12, during which officials will consider extending a local disaster declaration—originally signed July 7—and provide an update related to the waiving of permit fees for residents having to repair property damage related to Beryl. The city is waiving fees for a two-month period starting from July 7.