Volume 4, Issue 5 | May 2019
Online resources for storm season
Spring storms often mean flooding in Comal County, and residents – whether lifelong or brand new – should make sure they have the info they need to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Here are some easy steps you can take:

  • Make sure you know where low water crossings and floodways are in your neighborhood and on your commute. You can see floodplains and floodways as a layer on the county's GIS maps.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts on your cell phone connected to the address(es) you choose; these are separate from the automatic alerts that are connected to your phone's current location. You can connect multiple addresses to one number and multiple numbers to one address.
  • Bookmark comalcountytx.com/emergency – a one-stop webpage with links to river and lake levels, weather radar, road closures, and more.
  • Identify evacuation routes and prepare a "go bag" you can take with you at a moment's notice – especially if you live in or near a floodplain.
County ranks second in nation for growth – again
The U.S. Census Bureau for the second straight year estimated that Comal County was the nation's second-fastest-growing.

According to the estimates released in April, more than 148,000 people lived in Comal County in 2018, a 5.1 percent increase from 2017 and the largest jump in Texas.

Love it or hate it, Comal has grown nearly 37 percent since the 2010 Census, the second-highest increase in the state in that time and now ranks as Texas' 25th most populous county.
Hazardous household waste drop-off May 18
Comal County and the City of New Braunfels are teaming up for our usual quarterly household hazardous waste drop-off event.

All county residents are welcome to drop off their household hazardous waste from 8 a.m. to noon at New Braunfels City Hall, 550 Landa St. Click below for more info.
Public Health reminds you to 'fight the bite'
Spring rains and summer heat and humidity mean mosquitoes and the nasty illnesses they can bring. But there are steps you can take to "fight the bite." Among them are:

  • Dump out and clean anything that holds standing water.
  • Screen your rain barrels and any other containers that hold water, and treat water you can’t screen with “mosquito dunks.”
  • Clean out your gutters, where leaves can trap water.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants outside, and avoid the outdoors at dusk and dawn.
  • Use DEET-based insect repellant on your body and around the entrances to your home.
Extension welcomes community to open house
The Comal County Extension Office welcomed kids of all ages to its annual open house. Along with the usual animals and ever-popular ladybug release with County Judge Sherman Krause, there was a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony for the office's new gate – and a guest appearance by some Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

The Extension Office – a cooperative program between the county and Texas A&M University – also has a full slate of programs scheduled through the rest of the spring, including monthly gardening workshops, DIY Saturdays and a new program on healthy aging. You can get all the info by subscribing to the monthly Extension Office e-newsletter below.
Comal County Calendar
Canyon Lake
Veteran Services
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 8
Sattler Annex, 160 Oak Drive

Precinct 1 Commissioner Donna Eccleston
1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 23
Tye Preston Library, 16311 S. Access Road

Precinct 4 Commissioner Jen Crownover
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, June 4
Fire/EMS Station No. 1, 1074 Scissortail

Water Oriented Recreation District board
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15
WORD Headquarters, 1928 FM 2673
Bulverde/Spring Branch
Precinct 4 Commissioner Jen Crownover
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesdays, May 7, 21
Fire/EMS Station No. 2, 2016 Puter Creek Road

Emergency Services District No. 4 board
5:30 p.m. Friday, May 10
Curtis Bremer Training Facility, 9850 FM 311

Precinct 1 Commissioner Donna Eccleston
1:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 21, June 4
Fire/EMS Station No. 1, 353 Rodeo Drive

Veteran Services
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 29
Bulverde Annex, 30470 Cougar Bend
Garden Ridge
Emergency Services District No. 6 board
6:30 p.m. Monday, May 13
Bracken VFD Central Station, 23600 FM 3009

Veteran Services
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 15