The city of Bellaire began preparations for wind and flooding Sunday as Tropical Storm Beta began to move onto the Texas coast — announcing changes in solid waste collection for the week, and warning residents to stay alert about possible reduction of other services. A planned drive-through voter registration event has also been delayed.
While Bellaire planned for business-as-usual Monday for scheduled solid waste and recycling collection services, Tuesday and Wednesday solid waste/recycling pickup has been canceled.
The status of Thursday pickups had not yet been determined, but city officials said they would let residents know before that date.
Residents not scheduled for Monday service are being reminded to secure their trash bags and recycling bins, as well as any loose limbs and brush, so that they don’t wind up in drains or storm sewers.
City Hall and the library’s curbside service will open for business Monday morning, but the city warns that “many city services may close should weather conditions worsen throughout the day on Monday due to rainfall, flooding, and tropical storm force winds.”
A voter registration event planned by the League of Women Voters and Bellaire Library staff and supporters for 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday has been moved to the same time Friday. The drive-through event will take place in front of Bellaire City Hall, 7008 S. Rice Ave.
Essential workers, including first responders, will remain on duty 24/7, and information from the city will be updated as needed on BellaireTX.gov, @CityofBellaire on Twitter, and City of Bellaire Texas on Facebook.
News and information and emergency alerts are available through the Notify Me and Prepare Bellaire options available on the city website at BellaireTX.gov. Anyone needing or knowing of someone who needs additional help in an emergency can sign up for the STEAR Program via the website.