Weather Update on Imelda

Sep 17, 2019, 16:55 PM by UTMB Marketing & Communications

Update (as of 7 a.m., Sept. 20, 2019): Return to work/school today

Although several areas where UTMB has clinics and correctional care units are still experiencing flooding this morning, conditions have improved in Galveston and Brazoria counties since yesterday. Some additional rain is expected today throughout the region, although it should be less intense than yesterday.

We are not currently experiencing access issues to our campuses; therefore, UTMB hospitals, schools, laboratories and administrative offices will be open today. Clinics will be open, except for the Liberty WIC Clinic, due to loss of power.

In brief:

  • All employees should plan to report to work at their next regularly scheduled shift, or as soon as they can safely arrive.
  • Students should plan to return to class and/or clinical rotation sites today.
  • Human Resources will provide instructions to managers and timekeepers regarding yesterday afternoon’s Administrative Leave for non-essential employees as soon as possible.
  • Deans and faculty advisors will let students know about any rescheduled tests.
  • Because conditions vary throughout Southeast Texas, continue to exercise caution when driving in areas that were affected by flooding this week.
  • If you are unable to return to work/school at the scheduled time because it is not safe for you to travel, your home was affected by flooding or other reason, let your supervisor or faculty advisor know as soon as possible.
  • Check the most current available conditions of major roadways at the following links:

Because runoff from these heavy rains may cause flooding of creeks, rivers and bayous in Southeast Texas over the next few days, UTMB will continue to monitor conditions where we have campuses, clinics and correctional care units. Related updates will be posted as needed to UTMB’s internal and public home pages, social media accounts, and the UTMB Alert web site: https://www.utmb.edu/alert/.

We know the past few days of torrential rains and rapidly changing forecasts have been a challenge for our entire UTMB Health family. Thank you for your dedication to those we serve and to each other as we weathered this latest storm, and as those of us who live in areas most severely affected begin the recovery process in their communities.