The Galena Park 10PM – 6AM curfew has been lifted, effective Tuesday September 5, 2017.
This week’s unprecedented flooding has created problems for some of the industrial facilities in and around Galena Park. Due to heavy rains, a large storage tank near Clinton Dr. overflowed, allowing crude oil to spill from the tank and into a containment pond, which stopped it from spreading outside the designated area. When this occurred, an unknown amount of crude oil bypassed the roof and is now on top of the floating tank roof. That has allowed the vapors into the atmosphere and the odor be detected in areas outside the fence. Winds may carry the odor into the neighborhoods west of Crown Street.
The air is reported by be safe by facility monitors, and the Galena Park Fire Department is monitoring the air at different locations to ensure their readings remain within safe levels. We have requested that Harris County Pollution Control monitor the air quality as well, as an addition source of data.
East of the Galena Park on the Houston Ship Channel, several large petroleum storage tanks were floated by flooding, which caused leaks as the water levels dropped and the tanks settled. All of the leaked product was contained within the containment dikes and did not spread. The Galena Park Fire Department, Galena Park Office of Emergency Management, Galena Park LEPC, Channel Industries Mutual Aid, Channelview FD, LaPorte FD and EMS responded to the initial report of a leak. CIMA specialists, were able to locate a leak and a plan was implemented to mitigate the leakage. A private contractor responded Friday morning to take over the response, which is expected to take about a week.
The situation is stable and the cleanup process has already begun. The facility expects to transfer the crude oil from the roof, back into the tank Saturday.
Further notices will be provided as necessary.
A message from the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
August 31, 2017
*Available services will be posted at the service site.
In an effort to assist residents affected by the recent disaster in our area, certain Harris County Public Library branches will be open for emergency relief purposes.
Below is a list of library branches and the openings dates and hours.
Hours: (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Friday, September 1st
Saturday, September 2nd
Tuesday, September 5th – Saturday, September 9th
List of branches:
Aldine Branch Library
Atascocita Branch Library
Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library
Crosby – Edith Fae Cook Cole Branch Library
Evelyn Meador Branch LibraryFairbanks Branch Library
Galena Park Branch Library – COMPUTER/INTERNET USE ONLY
High Meadows Branch Library
Jacinto City Branch Library
Katy Branch Library
La Porte Branch Library
Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
North Channel Branch Library
Northwest Branch Library
Octavia Fields Branch Library
Parker Williams Branch Library
South Houston Branch Library
Spring Branch Memorial Branch Library
West University Branch Library
*Available services and allotted time frames for specific services (i.e. internet use) will be posted at each facility. Please see branch staff for questions.
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IMPORTANT – THE CITY OF GALENA PARK DOES NOT OFFER, OR SELL FLOOD INSURANCE! For RELIABLE information on flood insurance, go to: www.FloodSmart.gov .
Registering online, at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance since the event will last several days and the full scope of damages may not be immediately evident.
If you are unable to access the internet, you can also call 1-800-621-3362.
Install the FEMA App, available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices
When you register for disaster assistance either online or by phone, you will need the following to complete your application:
Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
More information can be found at: https://www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance.
If your vehicle flooded on a public roadway, or flooded and ended up on a public roadway in the City of Galena Park, it was towed by Gillie’s Wrecker Service, 713-450-1817.
The only exception is one truck tractor and trailer towed by Priority towing.