Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Record Rainfall in Southlake Over the Weekend

Did anyone else have the words to the popular nursery rhyme “Rain, Rain, Go Away” stuck in their head Sunday? It came fast and it came furious. The City of Southlake had a total of 5.64 inches of rain on Sunday afternoon. The majority of that, 5.5 inches to be exact, fell within just 30 minutes.

The heavy rainfall caused several headaches around town. From flooded roadways, overflowing drainage systems to fallen tree limbs, the storm served as a tangible reminder to always be weather aware.

“Severe weather can happen very fast,” notes Southlake Emergency Management Coordinator Amanda Meneses. “When it does happen, don’t try to brave the storm, normally it passes quickly and if you see something that impacts public safety, report it.”

This has been a record-setting year for rainfall. According to the National Weather Service, as of May, the DFW area has seen more than 19 inches of rain this year. Last May, we saw almost two inches of rain in May, this year we had more than eight inches in May. This means the ground has been very saturated, that doesn’t leave much room for the additional water any new rainfall brings. But the water has to go somewhere, right?

The City has an extensive drainage system that is designed to channel rainwater. City engineers are always considering how water will impact public lands. When they see an issue, they work with the City Council to invest public dollars into proper drainage. If you have more questions about drainage in Southlake, visit our Stormwater and Drainage page on the City website.

Also, remember with heavy rainfall there can be debris left over and Republic Services, the City’s solid waste contractor, can help with that. Republic Services provides curbside collection of bulky waste during the regular residential collection at the rate of up to two cubic yards for no additional charge. The brush should be bundled in length of no more than four feet and no more than 50 pounds. If you have additional questions about trash collection, click here for more information.

It’s spring time in Texas, are you weather aware? We can help.

We’ve all heard the saying “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, we all know that in Texas sometimes it can be way more than just showers, everything is bigger in Texas.

This is the time of year when severe weather can be at its worst. Tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, monster sized hail can show up at a moment’s notice. Because of the unpredictability of mother nature, we want to help you be more prepared. By signing up for Alert Southlake, you will have weather notifications at your fingertips.

As part of Southlake’s commitment to public safety, community awareness, and emergency preparedness, the City offers Alert Southlake. It’s a communication tool that allows users the ability to receive instant weather and emergency information delivered right to their mobile device, home phone or email.
As a user of Alert Southlake, emergency information such as, severe weather alerts and West Nile Virus updates, will be delivered directly to you. Users can also sign up to receive important information about community events and citywide meeting notifications.

It’s quick and easy to opt-in, sign up, and begin receiving alerts via Alert Southlake on your preferred device. Click here to register or go the Southlake Office of Emergency Management web page to register. Registration will require you to create a login and a password. Next, you’ll complete your profile by entering your personal information, including first name, last name and registration email. You can then select how you want to receive your alerts. Entering your location is important so that you may receive important alerts from the National Weather Service. You will then be allowed to choose which subscriptions you would prefer. You have the selection of Community information and Weather Alerts. Types of alerts can also be individually selected as well as quiet hours. Once registered, users will have access to important information at your fingertips.

So, how do you manage your account once it has been created?

You can utilize your login and password at any time to change your Alert Southlake settings. You can change your address, phone numbers, and preferences at any time. If you have forgotten your account information you can always contact the Office of Emergency Management at 817-748-8903 and they can help you out.

Once logged in there are three boxes that allow you to manage different parts of your account. The “My Profile” box allows you to edit any part of your profile. Need to remove a phone number, or add an email address? Select the “Edit” button and begin to make changes to your profile as needed. The other thing to note in the “My Profile” is the “Delete My Account” button towards the bottom. This deletes your entire account from the Alert Southlake System. By clicking this button, you will no longer receive any notifications from the City of Southlake, including severe weather.

Don’t want to delete your entire account, but don’t want to receive all those phone calls? You can manage the alerts you receive in the “My Alert Subscription” box. Hit the “Edit” button to begin editing.

Southlake Connect Profile Page

The page below allows you to select what type of notifications you’d like to receive. You can select the type of community alerts and weather notifications you want to receive. There are a total of 176 weather notification options. Please note, if you simply select the box next to the word weather, you will be selecting all 176 notifications.

This page is also where users can select their quiet period. You can select when you would not like to be contacted. If you do not enter a specific time, the quiet period will default to the City’s quiet period of 10:00 PM – 6:00 AM. There are two emergency notifications that will come through during a quiet period. A tornado warning and a severe thunderstorm warning, this is because these systems can be very severe and require immediate actions for public safety.

Alert Subscription Management

Alert Southlake is a great tool to help you stay informed. You can learn more about the system here. If you have any questions about the weather notifications feature, please contact the Emergency Management Coordinator Amanda Meneses at (817) 748-8903.