Next Meeting Date: July 8, 2016
Friday, July 8, 2016
At Homewood Suites
Please remember that it is hurricane season. Be prepared!
Kingwood Farmers Market
Kingwood Farmers' Market is presented by St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School. Join us every Thursday, rain or shine.
Kingwood Town Center Park.
3 to 7pm during Daylight Savings Time.
2 to 6pm during regular time.
Help HAAM By Donating Your Pocket Change
Donate Your Pocket Change To HAAM
To help fund children's nutrition programs at HAAM.
It's easy to get started.....
All you need is a box or jar and a flyer detailing why you are collecting pocket change.
List the following on your flyer:
- Who will benefit from the collection
- Why you are collecting
- When you are collecting
Tips for a Successful Coin Drive
The most important aspect to your coin drive success is where you place your box or jar. Below are a few ideas that may help...
- Place your box or jar in high traffic areas. The more people who see the display, the more donations you'll receive.
- Place near cash turnover points. Places where people have their wallets out and are receiving change.
- Catch people's attention. Make your Donation Box stand out so that people notice it! Get eyeballs onto your box!
- Have a short blurb that lets people know what the box is for. Just to connect that little bit more and encourage people to get their change out!
- Don't forget to ask permission to hold a coin drive at your school, organization or club.
Watershed Update (Mon AM)
Major flooding continues.
San Jacinto River Basin:
Major flooding continues across the entire basin, but the river has crested at all points and is starting a very slow fall, but will remain well above flood levels for much of this week.
West Fork of the San Jacinto River:
The river crested yesterday afternoon at 61.9ft which appears to be the second highest crest only behind the Oct. 1994 flood. The river has fallen overnight to around 60.2 ft. Flood stage is 49.3ft. Major flooding will continue today into Tuesday with many subdivisions cut-off and water in areas where flooding does not occur often including portions of Humble and Kingwood. Improvement will be slow.
East Fork of the San Jacinto River at FM 1485:
The river crested yesterday afternoon around 26.6 ft which is the 3rd highest crest on record at this location. The river is falling and should return within its banks early Wednesday. Significant flooding continues with several feet of flow over FM 1485 west of the river and in the subdivisions downstream of FM 1485
Flow over the spillway peaked at 47.82 ft yesterday afternoon which is estimated to be about 150,000cfs of 4 billion gallons of water per minute.
This amount of flow would fill the Houston Astrodome every 5 minutes. Flow over the spillway in October 1994 was around 300,000 cfs.
San Jacinto River at HWY 90:
The river crested overnight at 19.3ft and is starting to fall. This is the second highest crest at this location behind Oct 1994. The river will remain above flood levels into Thursday.
Backwater has spread into tributaries including Gum Gully.
San Jacinto River at Rio Villa:
The river crested near 12.0 ft overnight. The HCFCD gage stopped reporting at around 12:00 am this morning as water flooded the electronics of the gage. This is the second highest crest at this location.
Significant flow and scour will continue especially along the lower San Jacinto basin for the next 1-2 days as high flows continues to translate downstream. These high flows and debris impacts can result in infrastructure damage to bridges and pipelines crossing the river as well as surface roads that will be under water for several days.
Flooding continues along the upper end of the creek west of Huffmiester Rd where water from Waller County is moving downstream. The creek remains overbanks at Sharp Rd and Katy Hockley Rd.
Overflow into Bear Creek continues with the Bear Creek gage at FM 529 still over banks and this flow is translating downstream to Addicks Reservoir.
While overflow of the basin should end today, a large amount of water within the overflow zone will continue to work downstream into Bear Creek.
Pool has not risen much overnight...holding around 96.45 ft to 96.50 ft. Portions of HWY 6 have water, but traffic is being allowed to pass on the inside lanes. Releases continue from both Addicks and Barker Reservoirs.
Brazos River at Richmond:
***New record flood level set at Richmond this morning*** Historic flooding of the Brazos River in Fort Bend County as water levels exceed previous records in Oct 1994. Numerous locations including: Simonton, parts of Rosenberg, parts of Missouri City (Lake Olympia and Quail Valley) are under evacuation orders.
The current level is 50.7ft surpassing the old record of 50.3ft in 1994. The river will continue to rise to a crest of near 53.5ft Tuesday. At these levels extensive flooding will occur across a large portion of Fort Bend County into Brazoria County with many areas near the river outside of levees flooded or cut-off. Many roads will be flooded and impassable.
Another significant storm system will approach the area this week with more widespread heavy rainfall possible. Area rivers will still be in recession when this rainfall arrives and the potential for new rises is high possibly pushing watersheds back above flood stages at areas where they are able to fall below flood stage. Highest threat for heavy rainfall will be Thursday and Friday as a very slow moving storm system stalls across the TX for 4-5 days. The overall pattern set up is one favorable for heavy to excessive rainfall, but small scale features will drive where such rainfall sets up.
Help for Flood Victims in Humble, Atascocita, Kingwood areas
Pastor Kris VanHouten with Woodlands Church has sent this information along:
I wanted to pass along that Woodlands Church is partnering with Samaritan's purse to help out anyone in need after the floods. We focus on mud outs and removing furniture, debris and drywall from the house. We also spray for mold and power wash. If you know of anyone that needs help and want to pass this info on, we have a flood relief hotline they can call (936)230-0888. We are glad to help anyone however we can.
Grace and peace
Woodlands Church Atascocita
Update: Severe Weather Potential and Flash Flood Watch (THUR-1400)
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) will move to Level III (Increased Readiness) at 1500 today.
The most severe weather is expected to enter Harris County this afternoon. Rainfall totals for today will likely average two to four inches, with higher amounts in some areas. Much of the heavy rain could fall in a period of one to two hours, resulting in street flooding of low lying feeder roads and some underpasses. The system is expected to move out of the region by approximately 2000.
Level III (Increased Readiness) means that hazardous conditions exist but pose no direct threat to life and property. HCOHSEM will continue monitoring from the Emergency Operations Center with transportation, fire, law enforcement and other public safety partners throughout the day.
Updates will be issued as needed.
Calls for incident related assistance or information should go through the HCOHSEM main number.
Flash Flood Watch in Effect through this Evening
What is the danger?
Severe weather is expected starting around the lunch hour today and through this evening. The heavy rainfall and thunderstorms could cause flash flooding, damaging winds, hail and isolated tornados. A few showers could linger into tomorrow morning. Be aware that the weather can change quickly.
The excessive rain can cause rapid street flooding and hazardous road conditions. Please drive with caution and be prepared for possible impacts to the evening commute.
What you should do:
Residents are encouraged to monitor local media and the National Weather Service (NWS) for the latest weather forecasts. Various watches and warnings may be issued throughout the day.
In the event of heavy rainfall, lightning, hail, high winds or tornados, seek shelter indoors. Remember: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Also, always stay clear of flooded roads, Turn Around Don't Drown.
Up to the minute traffic conditions are available from the Houston TranStar Traffic Map
Where you can learn more?
Local Traffic/High Water Locations: Houston TranStar
Bayous & Creeks: Harris County Flood Control District
Preparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.org
HAAM - Volunteer Needed
New Lifesaving Program for Montgomery County Cats
TEXAS LITTER CONTROL PROVIDES SUPPORT TO THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER FOR A MAJOR STEP IN REDUCING EUTHANASIA OF CATS
SPRING, Texas, May 17, 2016 - Some very exciting things are happening in your community. Montgomery County has joined a very progressive movement for change in the way our animal shelter handles animals. Texas Litter Control will be acting in a support capacity to end the killing of healthy cats in the Montgomery County Animal Shelter.
The Montgomery County Animal Shelter has been 4 times over capacity for many years. It has been faced with terrible disease outbreaks and euthanasia for space. Other communities have developed better programs to not only lower the shelter's intake (and save on your tax dollars), but these programs help lower the cat population overall. When you first see this, you will do what every person does. Releasing cats??? How does that reduce the population? That's just crazy! Let's go through this step by step...
Cats are territorial animals. If you remove a cat, more cats will show up as long as a food source is available. It is what is known as the vacuum effect. The only thing that will lower the number of cats in a region is to fix them and put them back to their outdoor home. The fixed cats keep the unfixed cats out of the territory. Did you know that cats can have up to 4 litters of kittens a year??? There have been ongoing studies for years at several major universities that show the cat population actually goes down when you return spayed/neutered cats to an area. http://www.alleycat.org/casefortnr
So why am I telling you all of this? As we all know, many cats live happily outdoors and often time claim several families as their homes. Outdoor cats are fine as long as they aren't delivering 4 litters of kittens a year and carrying on with those not so attractive mating behaviors like spraying, yowling and fighting.
Did you know it costs over $70 to house and kill a cat but it only costs $40 to fix, vaccinate it and release it? This is where Community Cats comes in. This program targets healthy outdoor cats. They may or may not be friendly. Friendly cats are friendly because they belong to someone. When a cat is brought into the shelter, it is evaluated. If the cat is healthy and has been living as an outdoor cat, the shelter staff will take down all of the information as to where the cat came from. Rather than the cat entering into the shelter, it is diverted to the spay/neuter clinic to be fixed and put back where it lives.
Sick cats, old cats, declawed cats, owner turn ins, and kittens under 4 months of age will not go into this program. Did you know that over 2,000 cats were euthanized at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter last year? This number is actually bigger because it does not count those who died from disease and it does not count all of the baby kittens coming in with moms. That is a whole lot of tax dollars for something that has been proven not to work.
Returning Community Cats to where they live frees up space for some of the older and harder to adopt kitties. The return to owner rate on cats for MCAS was 52 out of 7,151 cats last year. That is just .007%. These cats have a better chance of getting home on their own from the street than from the shelter. It also frees up much needed funding, resources, enrichment and staff time for other animals...like dogs!
The program will also help with public education. When a cat is returned home, we will be leaving information on people's doors so that they understand how to better help the cat rather than taking it to a shelter.
Now, I will warn you, this is not a TLC original idea. The program has works in hundreds of cities across the country: Waco, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Indianapolis, IN; San Antonio, TX; Huntsville, AL to name a few... Did you know that San Antonio was number one in the entire nation for killing animals in their shelters just a few years ago? Now they are not even on the radar!
The Community Cat Program will provide immediate relief to the shelter. It is the first step in the right direction. A little hint now... dogs in East County will be getting our attention next. No, we are not going to release them into the community, but we will be focused on spaying/neutering them for families needing help. Stay tuned for more awesome things to come!
If you would like to donate toward Texas Litter Control's efforts in your community, visit our website http://www.texaslittercontrol.org/donate-to-tlc.html. We take both monetary donations and non-cash items like automobiles, stocks and property. Texas Litter Control is a Texas Non Profit Corporation and a 501c3 public charity. All donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
About Texas Litter Control
Texas Litter Control is a low cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic for cats and dogs open to the general public and an adoption center and sanctuary for cats. TLC is a Texas non profit corporation and is a 501c3 tax exempt public charity. All donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
President and Executive Director
Phone: 713-822-4368 Cell 832-510-7622 Office