Mayors update status of local communities
The four mayors from Aransas Pass, Ingleside, Ingleside on the Bay, and Rockport presented updates about the status of their respective communities, and about water and wastewater services during a Hurricane Harvey update press conference Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.
Precinct 4 San Patricio County Commissioner Howard Gillespie explained, “We are being inundated with emergency supplies and we have a plan in place to store these resources.”
In response, the City if Ingleside Emergency Operations Center has been designated the central location for distribution of dry goods and water in this recovery phase. The OxyChem Energy Center at the former Naval Station will store dry food supplies at a building with a dock at which only 18-wheelers can unload. The McCampbell-Porter Airport will store donated bottled water.
Rockport mayor C.J. Wax said, ““We are getting so many supplies and have nowhere to store it, so we just send it north to places like Wharton County who have been impacted more than Rockport.” He also pointed out, “About 35 percent of our community has been damaged and another 30 percent will never be rebuilt.”
Gillespie discussed brush debris pick-up explaining all residents in San Patricio County need to be aware of separating tree debris from construction debris. This is important to help brush removal to occur more efficiently, and to avoid burning piles of any debris.
San Patricio County Fire Marshal Steven Loving explained, “There is a burn ban in effect for eastern San Patricio County. For west of Sinton, we have a burn ban on a case by case situation. There are still some gas leaks and other fire hazards” he shared.
AEP Community Affairs Director Patrick King said there are 3,000 electric utility workers in the area to reestablish service. Workers have come from all parts of the country within a week’s time. Crews are assembling at two stations - McCampbell-Porter bor.
Ingleside Mayor Luis Lamas expressed gratitude for the efforts of the City Public Works staff and Kiewit for collaborating to get City water and wastewater systems operating by latein the week. Most of Ingleside and Ingleside on the Bay had both water and sewer services by the weekend.
It also was pointed out there were three deaths been reported during Hurricane Harvey.
Local residents who see an incident of looting are asked to call their respective police departments - Ingleside Police Department at 361-776-2531, or the Aransas Pass Police Department at 361-758-5224.
For updates about food and water distribution sites, Ingleside residents may call the City at 361-776-2517, and Aransas Pass residents may call the City at 361-758-5301. Ingleside information is also posted on their website: www.inglesidetx.gov.