The Kingwood Service Association (KSA) Parks Committee had only one item of business on its Oct. 5 agenda: approval of a request for another $200,000 above the original $200,000 approved in September immediately following Hurricane Harvey. This brings the total money appropriated for park recovery up to $400,000. The money will come out of the KSA Capital Asset Reserve Fund which is currently adequately funded to cover the total emergency appropriations requested. Approval is expected at the next KSA meeting Oct. 19.

Dee Price, of Sand Creek, summed up the overall situation before the unanimous vote for approval.
“This event was absolutely more devastating than we realized or expected. I don’t expect we will have this park [River Grove Park] open for two or three months,” said Price.
The other two parks most affected are East End Park and Deer Ridge Park. East End Park suffered extensive damage and parts of it will remain closed until they are restored to a safe condition. Deer Ridge was the least impacted of the three and is now open even though recovery work is still ongoing.
Price explained that the additional funding was based on extensive inspections, including actual bids for some but not all of the work that is still being estimated and defined.
“This is a very high-level estimate, but I feel completely comfortable for purposes of appropriation. I came up with an estimate of $350,000; $170,000 at River Grove, $150,000 at East End, and $30,000 at Deer Ridge,” Price said to the committee.
Price explained that the original request of $200,000 approved in September and this $200,000 would likely cover everything, including the Creekwood Nature Area which had not yet been evaluated in detail.
Bob Rehak, of Kings Forest, asked about any dredging requirements for the boat dock area of River Grove Park.
Price said, “That’s not in the money.” She explained that they had obtained aerial photos that show the channel into the boat dock area to be completely closed off and a sandbar has moved all the way across the area to touch the land.
“Based on our photos, even if we dredged our channel we are not sure boats will be able to get into the river,” Price said. She explained that they will have to work with the San Jacinto River Authority in deciding what they can do.
“We must determine what is expected to happen to the main channel of the San Jacinto River and that is unknown,” said Price.
In the discussion that followed, concern was expressed about the possibility of having to dredge the access channel twice or on a frequent basis. In addition, if dredging directly into the main river channel was necessary, would the San Jacinto River Authority even permit it and possibly assist with that activity? Price reiterated that those were the issues that prevented making any decisions about dredging at this time.
The next KSA Parks meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at the South Woodland Hills Community Room, 2030 Shadow Rock Dr. The public is invited to attend.

HOUSTON October 11, 2017 – With the removal of more than 1 million cubic yards of Hurricane Harvey debris, The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department has substantially completed its first pass of storm debris collection services.  Mayor Sylvester Turner commented “I commend the hard work of Solid Waste Management employees and leadership as they have managed the cleanup of this overwhelming and emotional debris field.  We should keep in mind that it wasn’t simply debris at the curb, but years and years of precious memories.  Houstonians should take great comfort that our municipal and contractor crews have worked nonstop to provide relief as they have undertaken the difficult process of rebuilding their homes and creating new memories.”
 
Since beginning debris collections on August 30, 2017, the City of Houston, municipal crews from Austin and San Antonio and private contractors have removed what is considered the most “dangerous” debris. This debris initially placed at the curb was soaked in floodwaters and considered a public health hazard by the City’s Chief Health Officer, Dr. David Persse.  Debris collection will continue as homeowners continue to work through the devastation of Harvey’s floodwaters, high winds and rains. 

The initial pass has provided debris removal service to homeowners who were immediately available to return to their homes and begin removal of flooded furniture, appliances, carpet and sheetrock.  Additional passes will collect additional material, such as materials from those homeowners who have already began work; homes that were untouched during the first pass; material generated due to leaking roofs or damaged outdoor property improvements (fencing); and green waste generated by fallen/broken trees or vegetation.
 
The second city wide pass is expected to take up to 60 days to complete and end by December 1, 2017.  Second pass collection will move at a slower pace than the initial pass due to the inconsistency of impacted residents in starting and completing their property remediation.
  
Residents should move their debris curbside by 7 a.m. placing items away from fire hydrants, mailboxes, power lines and other objects that impact the overhead operations of the equipment used for collection.   Residents are also strongly encouraged to remove vehicles away from debris piles.  If access to the debris is blocked, crews cannot collect the debris.
 
Debris separation piles:

  1. Normal Household Trash - Normal household trash and bagged debris of any kind will not be picked up with storm debris as part of this program. Garbage (black container) will be collected on its normal weekly schedule. 
  2. Vegetative Debris – leaves (do not put in bags), logs, plants, and tree branches.
  3. Construction & Demolition Debris – building materials, carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses and plumbing.
  4. Appliances & related goods – air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers and water heaters.
  5. Electronics – computers, radios, stereos, televisions, and other devices with a cord.
  6. Household Hazardous Waste – cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemical, oils, oil-based paints, stains and pesticides.

For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, please visit us at www.houstonsolidwaste.org, like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/houstonsolidwaste, follow us on twitter @houstontrash or call 3-1-1, the City of Houston’s Customer Service Hotline.
 
The Solid Waste Management Department provides solid waste service to the citizens of Houston through the collection, disposal and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Administrator Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced today that the SBA has approved more than $1 billion in low-interest federal disaster loans for Texas businesses and residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
 
“When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in August, the SBA’s many advancements in our disaster loan program allowed our team to get to work, even before the waters receded,” McMahon said. “The improvements in our loan processing capabilities are allowing us to approve disaster loans at a record pace. These loans are helping Texas businesses and residents recover and rebuild.”
 
The SBA has approved more than 858 loans for $82 million for businesses and more than 11,111 loans for $929 million for residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.
 
The $1 billion in Hurricane Harvey disaster loan approvals occurred within 46 days.  In comparison, after Hurricane Sandy the SBA reached the billion-dollar approval milestone 90 days after the storm.
 
Businesses and residents who sustained damages are encouraged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency before the Oct. 24 deadline atwww.disasterassistance.gov. “Don’t miss out on any assistance you may be entitled to by not registering for help. You don’t need to wait for your insurance to settle or obtain a contractor’s estimate,” McMahon said.
 
SBA representatives are still available at all federal-state Disaster Recovery Centers and five SBA Business Recovery Centers throughout the affected areas to explain SBA’s disaster loan program, help business owners and residents complete their electronic loan application, and close their approved disaster loans. Additional information and details on the location of the centers is available by calling (800) 659-2955 or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster.
 
Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help businesses and residents with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
 
For small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.
 
Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace their damaged or destroyed primary residence. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
 
Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
 
Applicants may receive additional disaster assistance information by visiting www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at(800) 659-2955 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.v for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call(800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.
 
The deadline to apply for property damage is Oct. 24, 2017. The deadline to apply for economic injury is May 25, 2018

Kingwood, Texas - The Golfers Against Cancer (GAC) Board of Directors announced today that this year’s events are being cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey and the devastating flood that followed. Kingwood, home of the GAC, was one of the areas most affected.

“The damage to the community and the personal toll the flooding caused countless Kingwood families was immense,” according to Board Member and local attorney Brian Clary. “It will take months to recover and rebuild,” he adds.

Board member Bob Spinetti echoed Mr. Clary’s remarks. “Those of us in Kingwood witnessed first-hand the incredible damage to personal property and the suffering placed upon the community. We felt it was inappropriate to proceed this year with all that has happened.”

Bobby Jones, Co-Chairman of the GAC, said it was a very difficult decision for the board to make even if there was no other plausible option. Mr. Jones, who now resides in Orlando, is a former Kingwood resident and co-founder of the organization.

The board continues to be steadfast in its dedication to the mission statement of eradicating cancer from our society. As the community heals, the GAC family is already making plans for a strong comeback in 2018.