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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Check here for a compilation of our post-Hurricane Ike coverage from Sunday, September 14.


10:32pm : Just announced at tonight’s news conference: limited Metro bus routes will run tomorrow, primarily to and from the medical center…

10:00pm: Keep up with hurricane news on your mobile at

9:15pm: Red Cross has announced a list of Houston area shelters open tonight

8:00pm: Continental Airlines has announced that it will resume flights on Monday morning, and you can change your tickets from this weekend at no charge.

7:15pm: Waste Management is requesting that garbage pickup tomorrow, which should largely happen as normal for Waste Management customers, should only include normal household waster.Do not include storm debris in your trash tomorrow.

6:40pm : Metro press conference discusses opening plans

6:30pm : As of noon, CenterPoint Energy has restored power to 262,000 customers and numerous key facilities. Of the 2.26 million CenterPoint Energy customers, 1.84 million customers, or 81 percent, are still without power. Customers in the southern and eastern parts of our system were hit the hardest by the storm.

5:30pm : Effective immediately, the City of West University Place has issued a Boil Water notice because the quality of the drinking water may be unsafe as a result of the power outage caused by Hurricane Ike.

5:00pm : If experiencing medical probelms, and it is not an emergency, call Ask Your Nurse, 713-633-CALL (2255) — a free telephone service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The nursing staff can assess most medical situations to determine an appropriate course of action. In some cases, callers can be given advice that will prevent their unnecessary visit to an emergency center.

4:30pm : The Greater Red Cross Chapter is securing generators to provide power to about a half dozen shelters it will be opening this afternoon. We will provide the shelter list as soon as the facilities are ready.

4:15pm : City of Baytown encourages all citizens to contact CenterPoint Energy for their power demands. Please contact CenterPoint Energy at 713-207-2222 or 1-800-332-7142.

4:00pm : Bill White is directing City of Houston employees to return to work tomorrow — Monday, September 15, 2008.

3:00pm : The Harris County Hospital District is asking for all its essential personnel (E-2s) to report for duty at 7 p.m. today at Ben Taub General Hospital and Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital. Additionally, HCHD employees are encouraged to monitor all staffing needs through the HCHD employee hotline number at 1-888-305-2979.

2:30pm : METROLift will be operating service Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 for medical appointments only. This service is for registered METROLift customers only. METROLift customers can schedule an appointment at 713-225-6716 until 5 p.m. today.

2:00pm : The following Texas Children’s Pediatrics Associates (TCPA) practices are scheduled to be open on Monday, September 15, 2008: · TCPA-Cinco Ranch 24022 Cinco Village Katy, TX 77494 · TCPA-Sugar Land 15400 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478 · TCPA-Thaller & Shuman 9055 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024

1:30pm: Texas Children’s Hospital’s Relief Team members should report to work immediately.

1:05pm: St. Joseph Medical Center on St. Joseph Parkway in Downtown Houston is fully operational and has been throughout the storm — with no use of generator power needed. 1401 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston TX 77002

1:00pm: Harris County Courts will be closed Monday September 15. Cases set for Monday will be rescheduled for a future date. For information on specific cases, please contact the court. The jury call has been canceled for Monday Sept. 15 and Tuesday Sept 16. Citizens summoned for jury duty with Harris County should not report. Decisions regarding further closures will come by 2pm tomorrow.

1:00pm: UH Main Campus is closed through Monday. It will be announced on a day-to- day basis.

12:45pm: Shell and Motiva Houston offices will be closed to non-essential staff on Monday and Tuesday, September 15 and 16. Shell and Motiva personnel please call (866) 745-5489 or (877) 40-SHELL to report your status.

12:25am: HISD Schools and Administrative Offices will remain closed through Wednesday.

11:30am: Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services said residents who don’t have any water pressure are encouraged to call 713-884-3131.

11:15am: The city of Deer Park issued this statement shortly after 10 a.m. today: The city of Deer Park’s water is safe to drink and water pressure is normal. The normal solid waste collection schedule resumes on Monday.

11:00am: St. Luke’s Kirby Glen Diagnostic and Treatment Center closed until further notice.

10:00am: Houston Transtar has a map up of freeways blocked by high water.

8:18am: Mayor White: FEMA grants may be available to make repairs needed to make homes sanitary, safe, and functional. Save your receipts for major repairs.

8:14am: Chief Hurt has just announced a city-wide curfew from 9pm to 6am in the city of Houston through next Saturday, starting tonight.

8:10am: Mayor White says water pressure is increasing. However, citizens should continue to conserve.

7:45am: Dawn Sunday brings a gray day, as rain bands dump even more water on an already water-logged city.