Houston Stands Down Emergency Operations Center Following Beta Response

The City of Houston’s Emergency Operations Center is no longer activated in response to Beta. While storms have moved to our east, many roads are still wet, so give yourself extra time to travel today and slow down. Review Houston TranStar’s interactive traffic map before you go: http://traffic.houstontranstar.org/.

The following Houston Health Department-affiliated COVID-19 testing sites are OPEN with modified hours on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020:

  • Butler Stadium, 13755 S Main St.: Drive-thru | 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. | No appointment required.
  • Delmar Stadium, 2020 Mangum Rd.: Drive-thru | 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Call 832-393-4220 for an access code.
  • LeRoy Crump Stadium, 12321 High Star Dr,: Drive-thru | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Appointment required via txcovidtest.org.
  • Kashmere Multi-Service Center, 4802 Lockwood Dr.: Walk-up or Drive-thru | 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. | No appointment required. 
  • Sunnyside Multi-Service Center, 9314 Cullen Blvd: Drive-thru | 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Appointment required via txcovidtest.org.
  • Multicultural Center, 951 Tristar Dr, Webster: Drive- thru | 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Call 832-393-4220 for an access code.
  • Northeast Multi-Service Center, 9720 Spaulding St: Drive-thru | 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Appointment required via txcovidtest.org.
  • Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Dr.: Drive-thru | 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. | On-site registration available but online registration via doineedacovid19test.com.
  • Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 6921 Chetwood Dr: Drive-thru | 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. | No appointment required.

The testing site schedule for the remainder of the week will be posted to HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 when available.

Department response and recovery updates: 

  • The Department of Neighborhoods Inspections and Public Service division will deploy inspectors to conduct “windshield” residential flood damage assessments in areas affected by flooding. Initial estimates show a low number of homes in south and southeast Houston were affected by flood waters.
  • The Houston Police Department has conducted 33 high-water rescues, so far. As of 6 a.m., 188 vehicles were towed. Houstonians can find information about their towed vehicles at http://FindMyTowedCar.com.
  • The Houston Fire Department has responded to 83 high-water rescues since Sept. 21. HFD reminds Houstonians to use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows and vents.
  • METRO is resuming regular weekday service this morning for local busMETRORail, and Park & Ride.  HOV/HOT lanes will also resume normal hours of operations. Due to isolated areas of high water caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Beta, customers should expect some detours and delays on several local bus routes and build in extra time for travel. Patience is appreciated.

Houstonians can report flood-related road debris, flashing traffic lights, and high-water spots by calling 3-1-1. or 713.837.0311 or email #311@houstontx.gov. Traffic light and power outages can be reported to CenterPoint at 713.207.2222.

Tier III and Tier II Non-Essential City employees will have a delayed start at 10 a.m. today, Sept. 23, 2020. Tier I – Essential City Employees are reporting at their regular scheduled times today.

Residents should remain prepared throughout the entirety of the Atlantic Hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30. Learn how to update your plans in order to keep you and your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://bit.ly/hurricanecovidprep.