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Posted on: May 11, 2019

Bayport Channel Collision Response: Saturday, May 11 Recap

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At 6:00 p.m. the City of Seabrook participated in a stakeholder conference call in regards to the Bayport Channel Collision Response. Unified Command is posting updates on their website at www.bayport-response.com. In an effort to keep Seabrook residents informed we have summarized a few of the updates below. 


AIR QUALITY

Unified Command continues to post air quality reports on the www.bayport-response.com website. Three reports are currently posted in addition to the Community Air Sampling Plan.  Each report may be downloaded below.  



A 24/7 hotline has been established for the public to report strong gasoline odors and waterway contamination: (281) 757-3017. Members of the community who feel they may require medical attention should always call 911. The Galveston County Health District has established a hotline for health-related questions. If you’d like to speak to a representative, please call (409) 938-7221.


WILDLIFE IMPACT

Unified Command’s wildlife rehabilitation team has the following message for members of the public who encounter impacted wildlife:

 

If you encounter wildlife that has been impacted by the recent gasoline blend stock spill, there are things that you can do to protect both yourself and the animals that you observe. Do not attempt to chase and/or catch the animals; impacted animals are already stressed, and this would only add to the stress they are already under.  These animals can harm you and/or themselves while struggling to escape.  For this reason, only trained, authorized wildlife professionals should attempt capture. Please call the wildlife hotline number, (979) 215-8835 and be prepared to provide the following information: (1) Number and species (if known) of animals impacted, (2) Date and time that the animals were seen.

 

SALVAGE AND CLEAN UP

The Unified Command is working closely with the Port Coordination Team to minimize the impact on the Houston Ship Channel. More than 3,800-feet of absorbent and containment boom has been deployed with an additional 12,150-feet of containment boom being deployed with a focus on environmentally sensitive areas. The Houston Ship Channel has been opened to one-way tow traffic between Light 66-76. The ship channel remains closed for all other traffic from Light 61-75. The safety zone closing the Clear Creek Channel from the entrance to Clear Lake and extending east to Light 66 on the Houston Ship Channel and north up to but not including the Bayport Ship Channel is still in effect. Salvage teams are on scene.

 

A 24/7 claims hotline is available at: 1-800-241-9010.


The City of Seabrook is posting updates to www.seabrooktx.gov/bayport-incident in addition to posting information on social media (Facebook, Twitter and NextDoor). The city will utilize the Swift911 Seabrook Alerts system when necessary. Messages were released utilizing the system Friday evening and then again early Saturday morning. Residents may sign up to receive these updates online at www.seabrooktx.gov/alerts. The system will send emails, text messages and voice calls if immediate action needs to be taken.  

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