We’re providing a notice about what to do in the event of storm damage and will continue to provide updates and additional information over the next several days.
The City of Galveston Development Services Department encourages any Galveston property owner that may experience property damage resulting from Hurricane Laura to remove as much dry wall as necessary to allow for air circulation to structural elements. No permits will be required for such removal. If there is flood damage impacting electrical components, generally 18” or more above finished floor, than a permit will be required for repair. If the water level does not reach the electrical or mechanical components, then no permit will be required unless it is part of an overall remodeling effort.
Under certain flooding and wind damage thresholds, a substantial damage estimate may be required to determine actions necessary to comply with FEMA rules and the Galveston Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. Such an assessment, if necessary, would be completed by the city or its contractor and property owners will be advised of the results and any appeal process.
The City of Galveston will continue to provide information about rebuilding after the storm passes.