Tropical Alex Storm Alex Update & Information

Port Isabel City Officials met this afternoon to discuss the progress of Tropical Storm Alex. Expected to make landfall at an accelerated schedule at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night as a Category 1 storm. Hurricane Alex will bring with it a storm surge of 3′ to 5′ as it crosses landfall in eastern Cameron County. The National Weather Service predicts “significant urban and rural inundation threat Wednesday through Saturday due to ponding of water from intense rainfall.”

With less than 26 hours until landfall, the City of Port Isabel Mayor Joe E. Vega will not be calling for a mandatory evacuation. Sheltering in place for those who do not wish to take advantage of a voluntary relocation should still be taken seriously. Hurricane Alex is expected to be a larger storm than 2008 Hurricane Dolly, so please take all precautions to secure your property and pets. Expect heavy rainfall throughout Wednesday and into Thursday in eastern Cameron County.

Shelter: For those needing a shelter the Salvation Army will open a shelter located at the corner of 23rd and Pecan St. in McAllen at 6:00 p.m. tonight . To leave Port Isabel if you need transportation, stage at 4:00 p.m. and leave at 4:30 p.m. at the Port Isabel High School or the Port Isabel Community Center at 213 Yturria St. Please call City Hall to reserve your ride at 956/943-0704. The latest time to call is 5:30 p.m. to reserve a ride. The last bus leaves at 6:00 p.m. Please take any required medication and what is necessary to spend the night in a shelter.

Sand bags: Will be available at the Port Isabel Public Works (110 W. Hickman St.) on a first come, first served basis until they are gone, today.

Utilities: Water and natural gas will remain on. In the event of damage, electricity may not be available through the Alex event.

School: The Point Isabel School District staff will be on duty until 5:00 p.m. today. Essential staff will be on campus until 12:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Long Island Village (Outdoor Resorts) will have high profile vehicles and residents evacuated by midnight on Tuesday night. The Long Island Swing Bridge will be positioned open at that time.

South Padre Island:
South Padre Island Mayor Pinkerton
has not called for a mandatory evacuation as of 10:34 a.m. Tuesday morning. The Queen Isabella Causeway is open. Any change in the status is the decision of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Visitors planning to travel to the area should monitor weather conditions.

H-E-B and City Partner to Celebrate Earth Day

\"\"H-E-B Food Stores and the City of Port Isabel Partner to Celebrate Earth Day

Port Isabel, Texas.  H-E-B Food Stores and the City of Port Isabel will be partnering in celebrating Earth Day on Thursday April 22 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the HEB Food Store in Port Isabel.

On Earth Day, H-E-B invites customers to bring five plastic shopping bags to the nearest H-E-B to recycle in one of its plastic bag recycling bins.  Every customer that brings in five plastic bags (from any retailer) will be given a coupon for a free promotional bag, limit one per customer while supplies last. There will be   refreshments, music and hands on activities for the kids by Girl Scout Troop 377.  Port Isabel city officials will be on hand to welcome people and giving out information about recycling.

H-E-B and the City of Port Isabel continue to work hard in educating and empowering its customers and citizens about the importance of recycling especially when shopping   using reusable shopping bags instead of plastic bags.  For more information call (956) 943-1171.

City of Port Isabel Recycle Center l To recycle Christmas Trees

In an effort to continue the promotion and importance of recycling, the City of Port Isabel will be calling for Christmas Trees for its mulching program. Christmas trees can be dropped off at the Port Isabel Recycling Center from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through  Saturday. The trees will be processed into mulch.  Mulch generated will then be available to the public at no charge. The City of Port Isabel has been working for the past eleven years with Valley Proud on this mulching program.

For more information call Baldemar Alaniz, Public Works Director  at (956) 943 –2682.

The City of Port Isabel Recycling Center is located at 217 E. Hickman Street. Hours are 7:30 a.m. 0 4:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday.