City of Katy urges residents to secure garbage cans in anticipation of Hurricane Laura

The city of Katy asks all residents to secure garbage cans for safety during Hurricane Laura. (Courtesy city of Katy)
The city of Katy asks all residents to secure garbage cans for safety during Hurricane Laura. (Courtesy city of Katy)

The city of Katy asks all residents to secure garbage cans for safety during Hurricane Laura. (Courtesy city of Katy)

The city of Katy is asking residents to secure all garbage cans starting Aug. 26 in anticipation of Hurricane Laura making landfall in the Greater Houston area.

Republic Services will collect garbage until noon Aug. 26, which means all garbage may not be collected, according to a city of Katy Facebook post on Aug. 25.

"We understand that we are in the middle of transitioning your garbage and recycling carts from Republic Services to Texas Pride Disposal, but with the Tropical Storm Warning and the projected high wind impacts of Hurricane Laura, empty carts left out can become a dangerous hazard," the city's post stated.

About 10,000 of 14,000, or 72% of all carts, have been delivered as of Aug. 23, according to an update at the Aug. 24 Katy City Council meeting.

Republic Services dumpsters were scheduled to be removed Aug. 26-27 after its final service and would provide a final removal Sept. 7.



The first day of service is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 1, but Council Member Chris Harris said in a Facebook post that service will resume after the storm has passed, and residents should be careful to not block stormwater drains.

By Nola Valente
A native Texan, Nola serves as reporter for the Katy edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She studied print journalism at the University of Houston and French at the University of Paris-Sorbonne in France. Nola was previously a foreign correspondent in Jerusalem, Israel covering Middle East news through an internship with an American news outlet.