A timely reminder to Bellaire residents that the city has a “wake ordinance.” That means unless you are a first responder or are involved in a rescue emergency, it is unlawful for you to be driving down flooded streets in such a way that you create a “wake” that pushes water into people’s yards, garages, homes or businesses.
Sec. 30-36. – Traversing flooded street with vehicle.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to traverse a flooded street in an automobile, truck, boat, or other vehicle or vessel at such speed as to create a wake therein that may or is likely to cause personal injury or damage or increased flooding to the property or premises adjoining such flooded street or streets.
b) It shall be an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the person was performing a rescue operation or was protecting the public order and safety.