As a member of the Kingwood community I could not be more grateful to the City of San Antonio Solid Waste Management Department. These crews are working 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week, to help restore our community. The San Antonio crews are working to make first passes to all affected communities as quickly as possible. Due to the varying sizes of each individual neighborhood, debris piles per home and sheer amount of devastation in the area there is no timeline for first or second pickups of debris. There have been some homes in which their first pass is well over 7 tons alone, which makes timing very hard to predict. Additionally, once a truck is filled, it then must make a trip to the landfill in Atascocita for dumping. This trip to the landfill which includes weighing and document completion takes on average two hours. These factors make it impossible to estimate when these trucks will make it in to individual communities.
We encourage residents to continue to be patient, as we like many other areas in the City, are doing our best with very limited resources. To date, the San Antonio crews have completed their first pass through the following communities: Royal Shores, Kings Point, Fosters Mill, The Enclave, Riverchase Section 1, The Commons (Huffman), and Lake Houston Marina (Huffman). Crews are currently in Kingwood Greens Village, Kingwood Lakes Village, and The Barrington. The crews still need to conduct first passes in Magnolia Cove, Magnolia Cove Brownstones, Magnolia Point (Huffman), Riverbend, Riverchase Section 2, Sandcreek Village, Woodstream Village, Woodspring Village, Dunnam Road, Hueni Road, Dogwood Lane, Worley Acres, Kings Forest, Kings Harbor, Kingwood Villas/Country Club, Trailwood Village, Deer Ridge Estates, Deer Cove, Forest Cove, North Shore, and Belleau Woods.
The San Antonio crews have picked up over 1,000 tons of debris from Kingwood Greens, Kingwood Lakes, and The Barrington, which are just three of a long list of affected areas. In total as of Thursday, September 14, since the San Antonio crews have collected 9,778.75 tons and completed 822 loads since Monday, September 10.
The District E Office will be in touch with individual HOAs to provide 24-hour notice before the debris removal trucks enter your community. This notice is given so that residents can clear their roadways and be prepared to assist the San Antonio crews by moving their debris piles forward on their lawn to make sure that all debris is picked up. The arm on the grappler truck only reaches about ten to sixteen feet so if residents can push their trash forward while the truck is there it will assist crews to pick up more debris. By the time that this article appears the City of San Antonio will have picked up many more thousands of tons. Please make sure to acknowledge these crews when you see them as they have left their homes and families in San Antonio to help our community.
We encourage residents that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey to report damage to City of Houston 3-1-1 by calling (713) 837-0311 and make sure that the City of Houston has record of your damage. This 3-1-1 is crucial to assisting with reporting to the Federal Emergency Management Administration. The District E Staff has personally surveyed all areas of debris in Kingwood, Forest Cove, Huffman, and Lake Houston Area. You may also provide your address and individual service request number to assist the District E staff in keeping precise flood damage records. Thank you for your continued patience as we work to get the Lake Houston Area back on its feet.