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New Payment Processor And Fees

Starting May 17, 2021 we will be using a different processing company for payments. There will be a 3.5% charge to use your credit/debit cards. There is still no charge for cash, checks, or drafts.

 The City of Vidor is switching to a different network. Below are some of the changes that we would like to inform you about.

1. There will be a 3.5% charge added to your total amount if you pay your bill with a credit/debit card. There is no charge to pay with cash, check, or by draft.

2. You will no longer pay through The PaymentGroup.com. We do not have a specific date that we will start accepting payments on the new web site, but it will be before the 17th of the month. The new website to pay through is WWW.FASTGOVPAY.COM

3. Your bill will no longer look as it does now. The bill will be sent to you in an envelope with a statement inside. Please tear on perforated line and attach to your payment If you are paying by mail or in the night drop box.

4. Your payment will need to be turned in to our office by the last day of the month. The sanitation department will check the night drop box & online payments the next business day at 8AM. If your payment is not in by that time you will receive a $15 late fee that will not be removed for any reason.

5. If you would like to set your account up on draft, we will need either a voided check or a signed imprinted letter from your bank/credit union. Your payments will then be drafted on the 10th of each month,

6. Please remember that your container needs to be out by the road by 6AM on your pickup days. If the container is not out by 6am your address is marked, and the sanitation trucks will not go back to empty your containers.

7. The sanitation trucks run every holiday but Christmas. Keep in mind that even if City Hall is closed the sanitation trucks will still be running. If your pickup day falls on Christmas, you will be picked up the following day. Again, make sure your container is out by 6AM.

8. Any trash on top of or next to your container will not be picked up. All your trash needs to be inside the container and in trash bags. No building material, mattresses, furniture, appliances, scrap metal, paint, or tree limbs are allowed in your container. If any of these items are in your container at time of pick up everything will be left inside of your container until those items are removed & the sanitation trucks will not return to empty your container until the following week on your pickup day.

9. The City of Vidor does not have a truck to pick up large items or green age from the side of the road.

10. The roll off dumpster is available on Thursdays & Saturdays from 7AM-3PM. at 155 Watts Street (located behind the police department). The cost to dump is $20.00 per cubic yard. If you bring your sanitation bill, it will cost you $10.00 per cubic yard. The roll off dumpster does not accept spoiled food, tires, or hazardous items. Make sure to bring your drivers license as well as cash. No checks or credit/debit cards accepted.

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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