In order to protect each individual homeowner’s property value and privacy, it is required for any homeowner or group of homeowners planning improvements or changes to their deeded property (properties), besides annual flower/plant replacement, to submit an ACC MODIFICATION APPLICATION. This request is reviewed by the Architectural Control Committee to ensure compliance with deed restrictions, local statutes, and to protect neighboring homeowners. If any change is made that has not been approved, the Committee has the right to ask the homeowner to remove the improvement and/or change from the property.
The Greatwood Districts established a Disaster Preparedness Committee composed of one director from each of the Greatwood Districts. This Committee was established after Hurricane Ike to evaluate emergency plans for Greatwood’s water and sewer system. Since the Committee was established, the Greatwood MUDs have purchased portable generators that can be pulled behind trucks to run lift stations and continue to treat wastewater in the event of a power outage. This is in addition to the permanent generators that are in place at the water plants and the wastewater treatment plant.
The Greatwood Districts also acquired two static message boards and the ability to broadcast by radio (95.7 FM) to provide information to residents in emergency situations. The static message boards will be placed in front of Dickinson Elementary School on Sansbury Boulevard and at the Brazos River turn around entrance on Riverbrook Drive. As a storm is approaching, information will be posted on the static message boards and on the website, www.gwmuds.com. The Committee continues to review and modify the plans periodically and in advance of each hurricane season.
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With the expected severe weather in our area, the Greatwood Districts and Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 (“LID 11”) would like to update you regarding the current status, as well as steps being taken to protect our community. Our Emergency Preparedness Committee has met, our emergency signs are ready to be posted if needed, our emergency radio system is ready to be activated if needed, and LID 11’s new emergency operations building by the golf maintenance barn is ready to be used by our operators during emergencies.
The Brazos River water levels actually are lower than they were during the recent high water event over Memorial Day weekend. Therefore, the River will be able to hold significantly more water than before. It is important to note that during the last high water event, the levee still had six to ten feet of freeboard available. (Freeboard is basically the number of feet above the river level of protection that our levee has.) Also, our flap gates in the drainage ditch are currently operating as a gravity flow system and FBL 11 is not having to use our pumps because it is not necessary. FBL 11’s operator is currently, and will continue to, monitor the situation and act as appropriate.
The Greatwood Districts operator is currently and will continue to monitor the water and wastewater treatment plants to ensure they are functioning properly. Also, should there be a power outage, the Greatwood Districts have emergency generators to operate our water and sewer systems. These generators were recently topped off with fuel, are regularly tested and maintenanced, and are ready for action if needed.