Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura is forecast to make landfall on Wednesday, August 26. Get updates below including anticipated weather impacts, City facility closures and service updates and more. 

Be prepared - visit the Department of Homeland Security's hurricane preparedness page - www.ready.gov/hurricanes - for information on how to protect your home and family.

A message from Mayor Jerry Mouton - Thursday, August 27

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Deer Park community for their attention and efforts as we prepared this week for the landfall of Hurricane Laura.
Hurricane Laura, an extremely dangerous, Category 4 Hurricane, brought with it massive impacts including severe winds, extremely high storm surge and tornadoes. Louisiana had not experienced a storm of this magnitude in over 100 years, and we as residents of southeast Texas could easily have been included in these impacts.
City officials worked continuously throughout the week to monitor the latest information from the National Weather Service, to maintain situational awareness, and relay the facts to our community. While the storm did not reach the Deer Park area, the best information available put our city in the warning area of this massive hurricane within days of its arrival. It was only during the 24 hours before the storm made landfall that we knew with any certainty that the storm would shift to the east.
In situations like this one, our residents’ trust is critical. I commend those who took the warnings about this hurricane seriously; those that built or updated their disaster kits, reviewed evacuation plans, filled their gas tanks and took steps to protect their homes. Your vigilance was critical as we prepared for this storm, and it will remain vitally important as this Hurricane Season continues.
Remember, Hurricane Season runs from June 1-November 30 each year, and for our portion of the Gulf of Mexico, the next few months still pose a high risk for these types of emergencies. I encourage our residents to take the lessons learned from this storm and keep them in mind until Hurricane Season ends.


Weather updates

August 26 - 5:15 PM

The National Weather Service forecast released Wednesday afternoon indicates Hurricane Laura is remaining on track to impact the far east Texas/western Louisiana coast late tonight. The storm is currently a Category 4 Hurricane with dangerously high winds.

As of 4:30PM, the City of Deer Park is still under a Hurricane Warning and may receive 2 to 4 inches of rain overnight along with Tropical Storm-force winds, but flash flooding is not considered a threat to the area. The risk of wind gusts and isolated tornadoes has increased slightly, with moderate risk to the Deer Park area.

Residents are encouraged to get to their place of shelter by no later than 8PM and continue to monitor local news outlets and City outlets for ongoing updates.

Visit https://www.weather.gov/hgx/ for updates.

August 26 - 12 PM

Per the latest update from the National Weather Service, Hurricane Laura’s track has shifted to the east, with the greatest impact expected for far east Texas and western Louisiana. The storm is currently a Category 3 storm and is expected to make landfall late tonight as a Category 4 (Major) hurricane. 

For southeast Texas including the City of Deer Park, Tropical Storm force winds and between 2 and 4 inches of rain are the most likely impacts.

Residents should remain vigilant and continue to monitor City outlets and local news for updates throughout the day.

 Hurricane Laura - Wednesday AM - Final


August 25 - 5PM

Per the 4PM update from the National Weather Service, Hurricane Laura is still on track to impact the east Texas/western Louisiana area tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26. While the exact track is still unknown, the storm may shift in track over the next day, possibly increasing the impact to the Deer Park area.

Hurricane Laura will bring dangerous, life-threatening winds of approximately 115 miles per hour with gusts of up to 140 miles per hour. The storm will also create the possibility of localized flash flooding around the storm track and in bands.

Hurricane, Tropical Storm and Storm Surge Warnings are in effect for the Houston region – the City of Deer Park is under a Hurricane Warning.

Residents are strongly encouraged to prepare today – check disaster kits, fill gas tanks and secure exterior items at home. Monitor local news outlets and the National Weather Service website - https://www.weather.gov/hgx/ - for continued updates.

Hurricane Laura 4PM Tuesday

August 25 - 12PM

Tropical Storm Laura is now a Hurricane, anticipated to make landfall late Wednesday as a Category 3 storm. While there is still some uncertainty related to the track of the storm, confidence is high that the major hurricane will strike east Texas and west Louisiana. Additional shifts in the track are possible over the next 24 hours.

Hurricane Laura is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge to the area on and right of the storm track, as well as life-threatening (115 mile per hour with gusts of 140MPH) winds and between four and eight inches of rain or more. While the storm is moving quickly, localized flash flooding will be possible especially around the track.

Currently, the City of Deer Park is under a Hurricane Warning issued by the National Weather Service. If you have not already done so, make sure you and your family have stocked your disaster kit with food, water and medications for three (3) days, fill your gas tanks and secure outdoor areas of the home.

Please continue to monitor City outlets, the National Weather Service (www.weather.gov/hgx) and the National Hurricane Center (www.hurricanes.gov) for the latest information.


FINAL Laura track

FINAL Laura winds


Disaster Declarations

August 25 – Mayor Jerry Mouton issues Declaration of Local Disaster for Hurricane Laura – Read here

August 25 – Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issues Declaration of Disaster – Read here

August 24 - Governor Greg Abbott issues Disaster Declaration including Harris County – Read here


City facilities/City Services

August 27 - 9:30AM

Resident advisory: City facilities to re-open tomorrow, Friday, August 28

Citizens are advised that all City facilities will remain closed today but will re-open tomorrow, August 28. City Hall, the Deer Park Community Center, the Municipal Court and Theater Building, the Deer Park Public Library and Fire Station #3 will resume their respective business hours at that time.

Additionally, the Deer Park Public Works Sanitation Division will conduct regularly scheduled Friday garbage collection tomorrow, August 28.

August 26 - 3PM

The Deer Park Public Works Sanitation Division will not conduct regular garbage collection on Thursday - residents should NOT put out trash on Wednesday night.

Barring unforeseen impacts from Hurricane Laura, regularly scheduled Friday garbage collection will continue as normal.

Continue to follow the Deer Park Public Works Facebook page for additional information.


August 26 - 12PM

Resident advisory:
Due to the forecasted impacts of Hurricane Laura, City facilities will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, August 27.

Unless unforeseen damages impact the area, it is planned for City facilities to re-open on Friday, August 28.

Facility closures include City Hall, the Municipal Court and Theater Building, the Community Center, the Deer Park Public Library, and Fire Station #3. The Deer Park Municipal Court will be closed on Thursday. 


August 25 - 2PM

Due to the forecasted impacts of Hurricane Laura, City facilities will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26.

The City of Deer Park will re-assess facility closures for Thursday, August 27 as the storm approaches tomorrow.

Facility closures include City Hall, the Municipal Court and Theater Building, the Community Center, the Deer Park Public Library, and Fire Station #3. The Deer Park Municipal Court will be closed on both Wednesday and Thursday.

August 25 - 1:30PM

The Deer Park Public Works Sanitation Division is collecting heavy trash today, Tuesday and tomorrow, Wednesday.

There will be no regular garbage collection on Thursday - residents should NOT put out trash on Wednesday night.

Regular garbage collection may resume on Friday depending on the impact of Hurricane Laura. Continue to follow the Deer Park Public Works Facebook page for additional information.

August 25 - 1PM

With Hurricane Laura anticipated to make landfall tomorrow (Wednesday), residents are urged to assist with debris removal from their yards and ditches where possible.

Hurricane Laura is expected to bring life-threatening winds (115 mile per hour with gusts of 140MPH) and between four and eight inches of rain or more to the area surrounding the storm track.

“The Deer Park Public Works Department is making efforts to remove street and debris removal prior to Hurricane Laura, but our residents’ assistance is always appreciated,” said Bill Pedersen, Director of Public Works. “Residents are also reminded to bring items like lawn furniture, grills, tools and dog houses indoors.”

For more information on preparation steps prior to the arrival of Hurricane Laura, visit https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes..


Additional information

August 26 - 10AM

Hurricane Laura is anticipated to bring high winds to the region. Should you experience a power outage, please see the CenterPoint Energy link below for additional information or to report an outage.
https://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/residential/customer-service/electric-outage-center?sa=ho

August 25 - 3PM

Harris County officials have called for a voluntary evacuation of county residents in Zip-Zone A and Zip-Zone B. This area does not include the City of Deer Park (zip code 77536, located in Zip-Zone C) but includes neighboring areas including Baytown and La Porte.

Residents who choose to evacuate are encouraged to: Secure your home, take your kit/essential items and do not leave pets behind. Those residents who choose not to evacuate should secure windows/doors, bring pets inside and stay informed.

Visit ReadyHarris.org for additional information.

Visit the link below for an interactive evacuation map:

http://www.gis.hctx.net/evacuationmap/?fbclid=IwAR3E8Bp1DZBt6wi_1Eex8OMeGp2m4YI6_9FHlAA_KyyZAEpdueigGVT7aPk

Residents are advised that a portion of the Deer Park city limits including Cottonwood Estates, a portion of East Meadows and a portion of College Park is shown as part of Zone B in the evacuation map. Any and all portions of the City of Deer Park, located in Zip-Zone C, are not a part of the voluntary evacuation order.