Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner visited Fosters Mill in Kingwood Monday, Sept. 4, and reassured residents that the city is getting a lot of help from everywhere.
San Antonio Solid Waste vehicles traveled to the area late Sunday night and began debris pickup in the Barrington, Fosters Mill and Kings Point subdivisions. The trucks were being greatly hindered by parked cars along the streets; the cars were hindering access to the huge debris piles. Turner and City Councilman Dave Martin urged folks to put cars in driveways or even in yards to get them off the street.
Turner also said that law enforcement officers from San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth, El Paso and Colorado are all in town with more to follow.
“We have a lot of support from all over. Houstonians are a special breed; we’re all pulling together,” Turner said.
Residents asked about things such as how they would get their mail since mailboxes are destroyed, and also asked the mayor if mobile tetanus shots were a possibility.
“Absolutely, those medical units will be out here tomorrow,” promised Turner.
Residents also expressed frustration to the mayor regarding issues with insurance companies and price gouging by rental car companies, and asked for support with traffic issues and communications.
Turner also reassured residents that the water system is perfectly safe. City Councilman Dave Martin said that Kingwood water comes from well water and not from Lake Houston. Martin praised Turner’s support of the Kingwood area, stating that when the storm hit, the mayor had more police, boats and helicopters in the Kingwood area than in any other area of Houston. Turner said that the city is moving as quickly as it possibly can.
Turner said that the city is ramping up contractors, and that he has asked FEMA for a large advance to add a lot of contractors that will show up in the next few days. Turner estimates the cleanup cost alone for the city will be around $200 to $300 million. Turner referred residents to FEMA Rapid Repair Housing that provides some initial stopgap funding to get houses habitable, so people can live in them while staging the larger repairs.
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