Tropical Storm Nicholas - Information Archives

City Council and Planning & Zoning Meetings on September 14

City Council and Planning & Zoning meetings scheduled for Tuesday will take place as scheduled. Several options to view the meetings are available and participation in the public comment or public hearing portions of the meetings is encouraged.

  • Written Comments
    Written comments can be submitted to the Office of the City Secretary (via email: citysec@sugarlandtx.gov) and must be received by 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 14.
  • Virtual Participation
    E-mail (citysec@sugarlandtx.gov) or call ((281) 275-2730) the Office of the City Secretary by 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 14. Once properly registered, instructions will be provided for direct participation.
  • Speak In Person
    Fill out a "Request to Speak" form and give it to the City Secretary, or designee, prior to the beginning of the meeting. Please note:
    • Each speaker is limited to three (3) minutes (speakers requiring a translator will have six minutes)
    • Comments must be directly related to matters on the agenda
    • Comments or discussion by the City Council, Board, and/or Commission Members, will only be made at the time the subject is scheduled for consideration.

How to watch live meetings 

City Council

Planning and Zoning Commission

For questions or assistance, please contact the Office of the City Secretary (281) 275-2730.


Update - September 14, 6 a.m.

Nicholas continues to move through our area. Rainfall totals were moderate in Sugar Land overnight. Our flash flood warning was lifted at 4 a.m., so street flooding is no longer a threat for our area. The storm is causing heavy rainfall, strong winds and widespread power outages. Blown transformers and downed power lines remain a hazard for us. Please stay home and off the streets as the storm passes through our area during at least the next several hours.  Due to inclement weather, city offices will open for regular business at 10 a.m. unless dangerous weather conditions persist. Sugar Land’s Emergency Operations Center remains staffed 24/7 to ensure uninterrupted delivery of essential city services. Crews worked through the night to clear debris. Damage assessments continue. We expect conditions to improve this afternoon after the storm moves out of our area. 

  • Solid waste, recycling, and green waste services for Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday will each be shifted. Tuesday’s collection will occur on Thursday. Thursday’s collection will occur on Friday. Friday’s collection will occur on Saturday. This was needed to ensure the effectiveness of the City’s drainage system by keeping inlets and roadways clear of materials and debris.
  • The Sugar Land Municipal Court will open for normal business at 10 a.m. today. All cases set for today’s 9 a.m. docket will be rescheduled to a later date. Zoom links for the new date will be emailed on the Monday proceeding the new court appearance.
  • City Council and Planning & Zoning meetings scheduled for Tuesday will take place as scheduled. Several options to view the meetings are available and participation in the public comment or public hearing portions of the meetings is encouraged. Written comments can be submitted to the Office of the City Secretary (via email: citysec@sugarlandtx.gov) and must be received by 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 14. To participate virtually, e-mail (citysec@sugarlandtx.gov) or call ((281) 275-2730) the Office of the City Secretary by 3 p.m., Tuesday, September 14. Once properly registered, instructions will be provided for direct participation. To speak in person, fill out a "Request to Speak" form and give it to the City Secretary, or designee, prior to the beginning of the meeting. Please note, each speaker is limited to 3 (speakers requiring a translator will have six minutes), comments must be directly related to matters on the agenda, comments or discussion by the City Council, Board, and/or Commission Members, will only be made at the time the subject is scheduled for consideration. Watch Planning and Zoning Commission at  https://youtu.be/M_DGHH5p-54. Watch City Council meetings at 

Emergency planning resources to protect your families and property are at www.sugarlandtx.gov/EM.  Additional resources follow: 

Update - 11 p.m.

The Sugar Land Municipal Court will open for normal business at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 14. All cases set for the 9 a.m. docket on Tuesday, September 14 will be rescheduled to a later date. Zoom links for the new date will be emailed on the Monday proceeding the new court appearance.

Update - 9 p.m.

Due to inclement weather expected from Tropical Storm Nicholas, city offices will open for normal business tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Solid Waste/Recycling Update - 7 p.m.

Due to the potential impacts from Tropical Storm Nicholas, solid waste, recycling, and green waste services for Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday will each be shifted. Tuesday’s collection will occur on Thursday. Thursday’s collection will occur on Friday. Friday’s collection will occur on Saturday. 

During inclement weather events, it is imperative to ensure the effectiveness of the City’s drainage system by keeping inlets and roadways clear of materials and debris. As such, we ask that residents not leave garbage, recycling or green waste at the curb tonight or tomorrow. 

An Update from Sugar Land Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman - 4 p.m.

Update - September 13, noon

City offices will close for normal business today at 3 p.m.

Due to inclement weather expected from Tropical Storm Nicholas, city offices will close for normal business today at 3 p.m. Weather experts tell us that rainfall rates are expected to intensify into this evening and driving conditions during rush hour could become treacherous. Excessive rainfall and street flooding remain our primary concern through Wednesday. Please plan to be off the roads prior to this time frame.

This will include closing the T.E. Harman Center and the Imperial Park Recreation Center at 3pm as well as leisure classes and facility rentals from 3pm onward today.

Update - September 13, 8 a.m.

Tropical Storm Nicholas is expected to make landfall as a strong storm or hurricane along the middle Texas coast as early as this evening. Our primary threat remains heavy rainfall and possible power outages. The heaviest rainfall threat for Sugar Land will begin this evening and continue through Wednesday. We should expect the possibility of 6-12 inches of rain during this time period with the possibility of isolated areas receiving much more in a short period of time. There is a serious threat of widespread street flooding. You are strongly encouraging to be off the roads before afternoon rush hour today.  City crews have been working hard to clear storm drains during the weekend. PLEASE HELP US KEEP DRAINS CLEAR to ensure our drainage system works as designed. It’s also important to secure loose items around your homes that could end up blocking our storm drains, avoid parking on streets that flood and check on neighbors who may need help. There remains uncertainty on the track and intensity, but it’s a good idea to prepare to shelter in place for at least several days with non-perishable supplies -- including food, drinking water and medical supplies. This includes keeping gas tanks full, stocking up on emergency supplies and having a plan for pets. We expect the Brazos to remain below flood stage, but street flooding in our area will be our primary concern. 

The city has taken the following actions:

  • We are participating in daily calls with the state operations center and the National Weather Service to maintain situational awareness.
  • Crews are fortifying city infrastructure.
  • We have recalled staff to ensure uninterrupted delivery of essential city services.
  • We are preparing to activate our emergency operations center.
  • Coordination continues with our flood control partners like Levee Improvement Districts responsible for flood gates and pumps.
  • The city is maintaining contacted with its solid waste and recycling provider.
  • The city’s debris management contractor is on standby.
  • Generators have been fueled and checked.
  • City offices will remain open today; however, we continue to monitor weather conditions and will make changes as necessary.
  • High-water rescue vehicles have been pre-deployed and are ready for use. 

Stay safe and prepare now. Emergency planning resources to protect your families and property are at www.sugarlandtx.gov/EM.  Additional resources follow: 

National Weather Service Resources

September 12, 8 a.m.

A tropical disturbance is in the Gulf, and it’s expected to intensify. Weather experts tell us there remains a great deal of uncertainty regarding its track, landfall and local impacts. We should expect heavy rainfall and possible power outages, especially late Monday through Wednesday morning. Rainfall during this period could total 5-8 inches in Sugar Land. Isolated pockets of much higher rainfall totals could occur in our region; however, exactly where the heaviest rain occurs is highly uncertain at this time. We should all plan for the possibility of street flooding. City crews have been working hard to clear storm drains throughout the city. PLEASE HELP US KEEP DRAINS CLEAR to ensure our drainage system works as designed. It’s also important to secure loose items around your homes that could end up blocking our storm drains, avoid parking on streets that flood and check on neighbors who may need help. During hurricane season, it’s important to remain prepared to shelter in place for three-five days with non-perishable supplies -- including food, drinking water and medical supplies.  This includes keeping gas tanks full, stocking up on emergency supplies and having a plan for pets

We are participating in daily calls with the state operations center and the National Weather Service to maintain situational awareness, fortifying city infrastructure, staffing up, preparing to activate our emergency operations center and working with our flood control partners like Levee Improvement Districts responsible for flood gates and pumps. We expect the Brazos to remain below flood stage, but street flooding in our area will be our primary concern.