Drainage Grant Opportunity Needs Your Participation

 Dear Citizens of Vidor,

The City has an opportunity coming up to apply for a grant that could make a big difference in drainage projects for the City.

We must have citizen participation by completing a survey. The problem is we must have 80% of our homeowners complete the survey. If we can meet the requirements (including these surveys), the City could possibly receive millions of dollars for flood and drainage improvements that we otherwise could never afford. We will have the survey available at city offices (Library, Sanitation, Police Department, City Website, Facebook, etc.)

This is a huge opportunity for the city to be able to improve drainage for our citizens, for example city wide ditch improvements, culverts, and retention ponds just to name a few. Please help us by filling out a survey form and getting your family and neighbors to do so as well.

This is your opportunity to help the city get these projects funded. Please click or tap one of the links below to get started.

Thank you for your help.


TxCDBG Survey

This is a huge opportunity for the city to be able to improve drainage for our citizens, for example city wide ditch improvements, culverts, retention ponds just to name a few. Please help us by filling out a survey form and getting your family and neighbors to do so as well.

TxCDBG Cuestionario

Esta es una gran oportunidad para que la ciudad pueda mejorar el drenaje para nuestros ciudadanos, por ejemplo, mejoras en zanjas en toda la ciudad, alcantarillas, estanques de retención, por nombrar algunos. Ayúdenos completando un formulario de encuesta y haciendo que su familia y vecinos también lo hagan.

Things You Can Do To Mitigate Against Flooding

Things you can do to mitigate against flooding
Flooding is the nation's number one natural disaster, and it can occur inland, along the coast, and across every region of the country. Even though you may think your community has little or no risk of flooding, the reality is that anywhere it rains, it can flood. In fact, roughly 25 percent of all flood insurance claims are filed in low-to-moderate flood-risk areas. It is important to keep in mind that the risk of flooding isn't based only on your community's history, but on a variety of factors like rainfall, topography, river-flow and tidal-surge data, and changes resulting from new construction in your community. Those all play a part in what actual flood risk you face. 

There are steps that you can take to prepare yourself and mitigate against damages. The first thing you can do is know your risk, and we have information on risk, including a One-Step Flood Risk Profile. Next, you should create an emergency communications plan and build an emergency kit to ensure you and your family are prepared for a flood. As part of having a plan, we also encourage you to consider your coverage. A flood insurance policy can protect your home, property, or business from the financial damages of flooding. Most homeowner's insurance does not cover damage from flooding, so visit FloodSmart.gov to learn more.

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In addition to these steps, there are also small flood proofing measures that you can take to help prevent, or minimize the impact of flooding to your home and its contents. A few examples include:
~ Elevate your furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home, if you live in a high flood risk area.
~ Install "check valves" to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.
~ When practical, homeowners can construct barriers (such as sandbagging) to stop floodwater from entering your home.

~ Seal walls in your basement with waterproofing compounds. 

Homeowners around the nation have taken proactive measures, like these, to reduce their risk of damage from flooding. Proactive communities work on mitigating strategies through a combination of flood control projects and good floodplain management activities. In addition, FEMA hazard grants across the country have helped homeowners and communities affected by flooding, prevent future damages. Here are a few
examples of how grants have helped protect properties from subsequent flooding:

In New Jersey, a homeowner elevated her home after flooding from severe storms in Spring 2007, protecting her from flooding during the storm surge resulting from Hurricane Irene in August 2011.

In Washington, a homeowner elevated his home after flooding in 2006 with the help of federal and county funding, and was able to avoid damages from flooding that occurred in 2009 when a nearby river surged and floodwaters went under the elevated home.

An inland community in North Carolina that was affected by storms in 1996 used state and federal funding to improve the town's stormwater management system, which included piping improvements and installation of floodgates and retention ponds. In 2011, when Hurricane Irene brought massive downpours and strong winds, town officials were able to open the floodgates and allow the water to flow as it rushed through the town.

The photo below shows how a hospital in Binghamton, New York, averted major storm damage from flooding in 2011 because of a floodwall and other mitigation measures that were implemented with hazard mitigation grants following 2006 flooding.

To learn about flood risks in your area and for information on flood insurance, visit www.floodsmart.gov. For more information on flood preparedness tips and ways you can protect your family before, during and after a flood visit: www.ready.gov/floods.

Author: Sandra Knight as published on FEMA.gov 

Executive Order Relating to the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 disaster

Community Development Block Grant Public Hearing Notice

 The city of Vidor will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 5:05 p.m. at City Hall located at 1395 N. Main St., Vidor, Texas concerning the closeout of it's Community Development Block Grant funded through the Texas Department of Agriculture (#7217480). This hearing will be held to review the City's program performance, including the actual use of funds and total funds expended. Persons with disabilities that wish to attend this meeting should contact City Hall to arrange for such assistance. Individuals who require auxiliary aids or services for this meeting should contact City Hall at least two days before the meeting so the appropriate arrangements can be made. Para residentes necesitados de interpretes, favor de comunicarse con la municipalidad antes de las audencia publica.


On March 28, 2020, Mayor Kimberly Stiebig issued the Third Amended Emergency Order, which became effective immediately at 11 :59 p.m. on March 28, 2020. 

The following Orders are hereby incorporated into Mayor Kimberly Stiebig's Third Amended Emergency Order: 

WHEREAS, I previously ordered that outdoor burning, with exceptions, was prohibited, within the corporate limits of the City of Vidor, Texas;

WHEREAS, I desire to rescind the ban on outdoor burning, with certain provisions;


I rescind the ban on outdoor burning within the corporate limits of the City of Vidor, Texas, provided that those who are conducting the burns can do so safely and with proper equipment and water on hand to prevent the fire from spreading out of control. 

The penalty for violating any portion of these Emergency Orders shall be punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 or confinement in jail for a period that does not exceed eighteen (18) months.

This addendum to Mayor Kimberly Stiebig's Third Amended Emergency Order shall take effect immediately upon issuance, be enforced as if incorporated fully into that Third Amended Emergency Order and shall remain in effect until amended or terminated.

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