It’s never easy for any town that has gone through a massive storm to recover immediately. While it may take time, Sealy Mayor Janice Whitehead said she is impressed with the way it’s starting off.
“The city has done a really good job [recovering],” Whitehead said. “The police department has already returned to normal shifts and road barriers are being moved.”
A large part of why Sealy was able to get back on its feet so quickly was preventive measures taken by Sealy officials in preparation for the storm’s arrival, Whitehead said.
The mayor added that the Public Works Department went throughout the town cleaning storm drains, maintaining the ones that need it and even replacing some that simply were not big enough for the planned rainfall.
She also said coordination between Austin County and the resources its branch was able to provide – and the endurance of local fire, police and emergency management personnel – contributed to Sealy’s preparation and quick recovery.
“These guys really stepped up to the plate and just really did well working as a team,” Whitehead said. “Everything has been over-par.”
Of course, officials’ jobs are only made harder by civilians who don’t heed warnings. That’s a problem that was luckily absent in Sealy Whitehead said.
Debris pickup has already begun as well with limb pick-up being scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
“Just pick up all the branches in your yard and stack them neatly near your curb,” Whitehead said. “Just like taking out the trash.”
But not everyone has a home to go back to as of now. As the flood levels still remain high in many parts of Sealy and the greater Houston area, evacuee care is still a pressing issue – one that Sealy has met head on.
For those who are still without homes, a shower trailer for evacuees has been set up at Knights of Columbus Club Hall and other local donation centers are receiving mass contributions as well.
“KC Hall was overwhelmed with donations and people are still asking me where they can drop things off,” Whitehead said. “I just want to thank the community for its massive generosity.”
While there is still much to be done to recover fully, Sealy’s good start is a promising first step down the road.