The La Marque Emergency Management team is activated and standing by to respond to Tropical Storm Beta. No change in trash/recycling schedule. Please secure your trash cans as soon as possible and help us by removing debris that could impede drainage.
5:00 p.m. 9/20/2020
City of La Marque non-emergency offices are closed tomorrow, Monday, September 21, 2020. The La Marque Emergency Management team is activated and standing by to respond to Tropical Storm Beta. There is no change to our trash and recycling schedule. Please secure your trash cans as soon as possible and help us by removing debris that could impede drainage.
There is very little change in the forecast from this morning. Tropical Storm Beta is expected to make landfall Monday afternoon around Matagorda Bay. In the Galveston Bay and Greater Houston Areas, we will see gusty winds and heavy rain for the next three days. The slow-moving storm could produce to 15 inches of rain along the coast.
Coastal flooding is possible in low-lying areas and high water could be slow to drain due to a combination of storm surge, high surf, high tide and rain. By Wednesday, conditions will begin to approve. Turn around, don’t drown. Please do drive over flooded streets.
For emergencies, dial 911. To report after-hours utility emergencies or weather-related issues, such as downed treed blocking roadways, call La Marque Poice Department Dispatch at 409-938-9269.
10:50 a.m. 9/20/2020
Tropical Storm Beta is moving slowly toward the Texas Gulf Coast. TS Beta is not expected to intensify. Landfall is expected Monday evening as a strong tropical storm with 60 mile-per-hour winds. Heavy bands of rain are expected Monday through Wednesday, which could contribute to flooding. High tides, high surf and coastal flooding remain threats with this storm.
Rain totals have been reduced slightly to 10 to 15 inches. Locally, most heavier rain will occur Monday through Wednesday. We are under a moderate risk for flash flooding. There is a marginal risk for tornadoes Monday night.
Please stay weather aware. Bring in trash cans and debris that could clog ditches. Please monitor the city’s social media and keep an eye on the local weather forecasts. To register for weather alerts and community news flash e-notifications, visit connect.cityoflamarque.org.
Galveston County Judge Mark Henry is holding a press conference at 1:30 p.m. today. It will be broadcast on local tv and social media. City of La Marque’s next update will come around 5:00 p.m. this evening.
5:00 p.m. 9/19/2020
Tropical Storm Beta is tracking to our south with expected landfall near Matagorda Bay. Rapid intensification is not expected, but there is still a chance that the storm could become a hurricane.
TS Beta is a slow-moving tropical storm, which could mean heavy rain and flash flooding Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Localized rain totals could be up to 20 inches over several the next several days. Tropical-storm-force winds are expected in our area as the storm approaches the coast.
Minor to moderate coastal flooding has already started. Elevated high tides are expected to continue through early the coming week.
Please continue to monitor the weather forecast and local news outlets. To register for weather alerts and community news flash e-notifications, visit connect.cityoflamarque.org
2:00 p.m. 9/19/2020
Mayor Bobby Hocking has issued an Emergency Declaration for the City of La Marque and a voluntary evacuation order for southern portions of the city that are OUTSIDE the flood protection levee. Areas outside the levee include Omega Bay, Highland Bayou Park and Mahan Park. To see maps or read more about the levee, visit http://cityoflamarque.org/612/Flood-Protection-Levee.
Levee Maps and Resources:
Tropical Storm Beta is expected to intensify over the next couple of days as it moves toward the Texas Coast. Residents should be taking steps to prepare for potential tropical weather. Storm surge and heavy rain are the most predominant threats forecast for La Marque at this time. The latest update on Tropical Storm Beta from the US National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas included a Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch for Galveston County.
Please monitor the city’s social media and keep an eye on the local weather forecasts. To register for weather alerts and community news flash e-notifications, visit connect.cityoflamarque.org.
Here is the 10:00 a.m. Video Briefing on TD22 from National Weather Service Houston/Galveston’s Warning Coordination Meteorologist Dan Reilly: https://youtu.be/JrM_lMRVNvY
The City of La Marque Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the situation. Please register for weather alerts and community news flash e-notifications at connect.cityoflamarque.org
and monitor local news outlets.