Recovery efforts continue across the San Antonio area following this past weekend’s flood event. Residents are still being urged to contact 3-1-1 to report any flood damage to their homes, so that the proper resources can be deployed. The San Antonio Office of Emergency Management (SAOEM) is in recovery operations and is coordinating with critical recovery agencies to determine the areas that will need further assistance in the cleaning and removal of bulk and water contaminated items.
“Our main concern is assisting these families. We have been coordinating efforts with other City Departments to ensure their health, safety and security concerns,” said Rod Sanchez, Director of the City’s Development Services Department.
The emergency shelter at Christa McAuliffe Middle School, 9390 SW Loop 410, will remain open until Sunday, June 2, 3 p.m. with plans to transition into another shelter if needed, and serve as an information and registration center for residents who are unable to return home due to flood damage. Flood victims who are unable to make it to the shelter may call (210) 979-6188 for assistance.
Additional assistance for flood victims includes support from disaster volunteer groups with clean-up and removal of contaminated carpet and furniture, out of cycle pick up for affected residents, short-term pet sheltering for residents residing in the emergency shelter.
Volunteers with special skills in flood clean-up and removal of flood damaged property are encouraged to register in person at the Espada Mission Volunteer Operations Center, 10040 Espada Rd., through the weekend.
The City’s Department of Public Works schedule of repairs to infrastructure is available athttp://sanantonio.gov/publicworks/pdf/PostFloodCleanupRepairPlanandWorkSchedule52813553pm.pdf.
To date, 212 homes have been affected by flood waters, some with major damage.
The City of San Antonio’s Development Services Department continues to work with residents of the Big Tree Mobile Home Park, who were issued a notice to vacate in 48 hours after serious health and safety concerns were identified by DSD’s Damage Assessment Team.
In partnership with the other City Departments, residents are receiving the following assistance:
- The City’s Department of Human Services has been on-site with case workers to offer families Rapid Re-Housing services to help families find temporary housing.
- Tdap and Hepatitis A and B vaccines were provided by Metro Health to the residents of the areas worst hit by the flooding. Tdap vaccine protects residents who might get cuts during clean-up activities against tetanus. Hepatitis A and B protects residents from hepatitis which can be transmitted through contaminated water.
- Storage pods will be placed by Development Services at the mobile home park for residents to store items safely, such as appliances, electronics, and furniture.
- Boxes for packing will be provided to the residents to expedite and assist in vacating the property.
- The Police Department will be increasing its presence in the area.
- Public Health Emergency Preparedness staff activated their Mobile Medical Response Trailer to the Espada Mission area on Tuesday in an effort to provide Tetanus and Hepatitis A and B vaccinations to those affected by the flooding over the weekend.
- In addition, the City’s Vector Control staff has been deployed to treat areas of stagnant and still water to prevent mosquito breeding in addition to fogging of the area for adult mosquitoes.
- The City’s Food and Environmental staff is working with Code Enforcement to identify households in the area affected by the flooding in an effort to visit these homes and educate individuals on how they can decontaminate their residences and instruct them how to properly dry them out to prevent future mold and mildew issues.
- Staff will continue to monitor food, water and other sanitation issues in the shelters.
- At this time, Big Trees Trailer Park continues to be under a “boil water” restriction and without electricity for safety reasons. This issue is being managed by the Office of Emergency Management. Laboratory staff will continue to monitor the water situation at Big Trees Park, as per Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements.