Extreme Cold Conditions

Wednesday, January 17, at 5 p.m.

City offices have reopened for regular business.

Another extended freeze is expected tonight, so be sure to protect any exposed pipes around your home. We have received an increase in calls today from residents reporting they have no water in their homes. The city’s water distribution system is working normally, and there are currently no disruptions in water service. Any loss of water pressure is likely due to frozen pipes in your house. As the temperature rises and pipes thaw, water in your homes should function normally; however, please keep an eye on your pipes because frozen pipes expand, and there’s a possibility of damage that could result in leaks. Again, protect your pipes and save yourself some headaches later. Visit our extreme cold weather page at http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/722/Extreme-Cold-Conditions for preparation tips and http://its.sugarlandtx.gov/ for traffic conditions.

All roads in Sugar Land open

All roads previously closed in Sugar Land have reopened. With no rain in the forecast, we don't anticipate further road closures; however, city personnel will continue to monitor conditions through the night just in case. City crews will again inspect roads and bridges for hazards and deploy sand trucks if necessary.

Water Service Uninterrupted

We have received calls this morning from residents reporting they have no water in their homes. The city’s water distribution system is working normally, and there are currently no disruptions in water service. Any loss of water pressure is likely due to frozen pipes in your house. As the temperature rises and pipes thaw, water in your homes should function normally; however, please keep an eye on your pipes because frozen pipes expand, and there’s a possibility of damage that could result in leaks.

Solid Waste Update

Best Trash, the solid waste and recycling provider for Greatwood, will make up service all on Friday, which is their next service day. Thursday service is expected to run as scheduled. 

Republic Services, the solid waste and recycling provider for the entire city except Greatwood, will have a rolling schedule for the remainder of the week. (Ex: Thursday will be serviced on Friday, Friday will be serviced on Saturday.) Tuesdays missed service will be collected tomorrow.

No Reports of Power Outages

We have received no reports of power outages, but others in the Houston area have reported outages.

See an interactive map of current electric outages:
http://gis.CenterPointEnergy.com/outagetracker/index.html

Update your power alert communication preferences:
http://CenterPointEnergy.com/PowerAlertService

City Meetings Postponed

Tuesday's Sugar Land City Council meeting and other public meetings were postponed due to weather. The City Council meeting on Tuesday was rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 18, at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Because the agenda for the rescheduled meeting includes a public hearing on the permanent residential single family (R-1) zoning of the single-family areas in the Riverpark community, we wanted to let you know that this public hearing will be held during the rescheduled meeting on Thursday. With the rescheduling, please note the public hearing may be opened at any time once the meeting begins. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled public hearing, questions or comments can be sent to Planning@sugarlandtx.gov in advance of the meeting. The permanent zoning does not require any action from property owners, is essentially the same as the existing temporary zoning and does not modify any private recorded restrictions or HOA requirements.

For more information on the status of city meetings, please visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/agendas.

Municipal Court Update

Municipal Court reopened to the public on Jan. 17 at 1 p.m.  Because of expected dangerous driving conditions, Sugar Land Municipal Court was closed on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Cases scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 16 and Jan. 17 will be reset and written notice will be sent in each case to advise defendants and/or their attorneys of the new court date. This includes cases scheduled for 9:00 a.m. (initial appearance, show cause hearings and compliance hearings), cases scheduled for pretrial hearings at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Tips, Links, and Safety Information

When the temperatures drop below freezing, residents are encouraged to prepare their homes to avoid damage to water pipes, sprinkler systems, and swimming pools. The City does not turn off water at the meter to prevent frozen pipes.

Basic Tips to Remember

  • Make a family communication plan and discuss with your family.
  • Make an emergency kit.
  • Bring pets inside.
  • If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repel-lent.
  • Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves. Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce heat loss.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
  • Always keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. On icy roads, drive slowly and increase distance required for stopping.

Home Safety

  • Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow heat transfer.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking.
  • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide related deaths are highest during colder months.
  • Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.

Sprinkler System Breaker Protection

If a pipe bursts

  • Shut off water at the main valve 
  • If main valve cannot be located, call 281-275-2450 and the City's Utility Staff will come and turn off water at the meter 
  • Call a plumber