Severe Weather Resource Page

May 21, 2021 at 12:36 PM

A potential rain event may effect our area in the next 18 to 24 hours due to a disturbance in the Gulf.

Citizens prepare for the storm. Make sure your important documents are safe. Know evacuation routes which are State Highways. Be prepared to secure your homes before you leave if necessary. Do your part to make sure ditches and culverts are clear as best you can and secure loose items in your yard. Check your storm drains, clear them out in the front and side yard area. Be mindful when driving on streets and through neighborhoods as high waters create wakes.

The City has been and continues to actively clear inlets from debris buildup. The City is aware of high-water areas in town, the city will work with PD to barricade those areas if necessary. Not able to respond to every call. Every known area. Water will drain. If it is not necessary, do not leave, stay home.

If you do need to call the Public Works Department, be specific on needs. Needs that can be addressed by the City will be taken care of as quickly as possible. It is not necessary to call about the drainage issues.

Sewer. We are aware of the slow sewer backup situation when we experience large amounts of rain. You may experience slow drains when It comes to drains and toilet flushing. Please allow the system time to catch up should you encounter some complications or backups in your home or businesses.

If you lose power, contact AEP at 800-xxx-xxxx. You can also report outages online at

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Hello Bay City, 

here is your most recent community update for February 23rd, 2021 at 10:30 AM


If you're still experiencing service issues after trying our troubleshooting, call the After Hours line. (979) 245-7146. IF you're still experience low to no water pressure, check ALL faucets inside and outside of your home. Outside faucets typically have more pressure than inside faucets. Check out the FAQ's section below... Service issues can also be reported via email to  

National News on FEMA


White House Partially Approves Governor Abbot's Request For A Major Disaster Declaration

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Update on Winter Weather Response from Gov. Abbott

WEATHER UPDATES- Shorts and flip flop weather on the way!

High temperatures today will reach the mid-to-upper 70s underneath sunny skies. ☀ Soak up the sun while you can though.....clouds will return overnight. ☁
Sea fog is expected to return as early as Wednesday morning and will persist into early next week. Sea fog is caused by onshore, warm air moving over our cold and shallow nearshore waters.

--7 Day outlook, warm days and mild to cool nights. A weak front drifts down into the region late Wednesday or Thursday increasing the rain chances midweek. Some sea fog possible starting Wednesday. 





ALL City Administrative Offices Open Week of of February 22nd - 26th from 8 AM - 5 PM.

Water Department Field Crew and After Hours Crew continue to address and monitor residents utility needs.       



🚰City water pressure is maintaining at the treatment plant as of Monday, February 23rd. 

Our Public Works Department reached out to TCEQ, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and based on their assessment our situation does not require a boil water notice to be issued. If you feel the need to boil your water for your peace of mind, please do so.

FAQ's - Troubleshooting Your Home with Low to No Water Pressure:
What if I am still experiencing low to no water pressure? Check ALL faucets inside and outside of your home. Outside faucets typically have more pressure than inside faucets. There is also the possibility that pipes have not had time to thaw with the continuing freezing temperatures. 
How to tell if I have a leak in my home?   Check underneath your home if you are on pier and beam, look in your attic, and around the perimeter of your home. Dripping after showers or sink usage is normal. Continuous dripping can be a sign of a problem. Listen to the walls for dripping or running water inside the walls. If you believe you have a leak, you may want to call the plumber or have City Utility Crew turn off your meter to prevent damage to your home.
Where is my homes private cut off located? It can be located coming outside of your home. It looks like a faucet on the outside wall of the home. It can also be located by your meter box.  
I have cold water but no hot water.. This could be a result of a leak from your water heater. Residents can turn off their water heater without needing the meter shut off at their home so they may retain a water source. Your hot water line may also have froze during the severe weather.   
What to do if my water is discolored? Run an unfiltered water faucet; outdoor spigot, utility sink or bathtub faucet. Opening more than one faucet may help this process, however run the cold water only. The water heater may also need to be flushed to remove sediments from the water heater tank.  
I have ran the water for 0 - 30 minutes and it has not cleared up, what do I do? The water is not pleasant to look at but you are not at danger by using it. Residents can leave it the way it is if you prefer to save on your Utility Bill if the water line does not clear.   
How can I tell if my neighborhood suffered damage from a water main break? There would be visible water flowing in the street or ditches and alleyways. Main breaks should be reported immediately to the High Emergency Utility Crew at (979) 245-7146.
Thank you to all of our citizens for being patient with us as we have moved through this very trying week. The kind words we receive are heard and we appreciate each and every one of our citizens understanding we are all going through this together. 

WCA Services  - WCA will be running all regularly scheduled routes for the week of February 22, 2021. Any service issues should be reported to WCA at (979) 245-0368.

POWER OUTAGES - The City of Bay City unfortunately has no control over who will lose power. If it were up to the city, none of our citizens would go without. There is also the situation of residents experiencing down power lines because of the record-breaking weather storm we experienced. ERCOT, Electric Reliability Council of Texas, could also be making the decisions about who will and who will not receive power. We encourage our citizens to contact your service provider and ask if they have a schedule of their planned blackouts or know when power will be restored. Following them on Facebook or utilizing their website is always a great resource too.

 Again, the power situation is completely out of the City of Bay City’s control and jurisdiction. Reports are City residents have power restored. 


During a declared state of emergency, the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act makes it illegal for a business or individual to sell or lease fuel, food, medicine, lodging, building materials, construction tools, or other necessities at an exorbitant or excessive price.

Texas remains under a state of emergency amid frigid winter weather and continuing power outages.

If you'd like to report a business for price gouging, you may do so by Clicking Here

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From the Office of the Governor.. the Governor announced a statewide effort to collect damage assessment data for this unprecedented event. This information is being collected to help officials across the state gain an understanding of damages for individuals throughout Texas. Our objective in this effort is to demonstrate the scale of this disaster at the local level. Follow this Disaster Submission Link 

or use this QR Code:


We've had some reports of scammers hitting our area. Please do not fall victim to these cons. If you are contacted on social media or contacted on the phone, do not give anyone your social security number, home address, or credit card information. No matter what! As much as we would love to believe FEMA is contacting each person in Texas, they are not. You must reach out to them. If you have a friend or family member that may fall victim to these scammers, contact them and give them a warning to tell these people they are not our friends!   


El Maton, Texas

It is located on State Highway 35 west of Bay City toward Blessing Texas, 144 FM 1095 El Maton, Texas 77440

The Matagorda County Emergency Management office is opening a warming center at the Tidehaven dome located at the High School gym on the Tidehaven campus. The center will be open again tonight. There are a few cots and blankets. Again please bring your personal items. Tidehaven High School Gym, the dome in the back of the school.

Bay City, Texas

House of Refuge offering shelter to those in need and warmth to those without power. It is located on Doris Street at Power Church. Address is 3920 Doris Street, Bay City, Texas. 


Bay City Independent School District
 Bay City ISD students will return to campuses on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Teachers and staff will return on Monday, Feb. 22.
Dr. Marshall Scott III
Van Vleck Independent School District 

All Van Vleck ISD classes will resume on Monday, February 22, 2021 at regular times. If you have any questions, please contact your campus principal or direct supervisor.

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Brandon Hood -
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Van Vleck ISD Facebook Link

Tidehaven ISD Facebook Link

Palacios Independent School District 

Palacios ISD will resume classes on Monday, February 22, 2021.  

Matagorda Independent School District

Matagorda ISD will resume the regular schedule on Monday, February 22nd.  

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February 23rd at 10:30 AM*
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