Bevil Oaks officials hope to issue first water bills since Harvey before Thanksgiving

Flooded house in Bevil Oaks | Photo: Eleanor Skelton

Bevil Oaks residents may receive their first water bills since Hurricane Harvey just before Thanksgiving, the city said in a statement Nov. 15.

The city said many residents have been asking when they can expect their bills.

Due to Harvey's flooding, which damaged all but four out of 498 homes according to Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, Bevil Oaks citizens haven't received bills since Aug. 1 for July's usage. Harvey hit two days before the August billing was supposed to be finished, city officials said.

The water billing has been delayed for many reasons, the city said, including checking meters and endpoints for every home, replacing damaged meters, a lack of room for a printer or telephone and internet service in the temporary building or the office beside the fire station and ordering replacement bill paper.

If telephone service is restored by the end of the week and the new printer is delivered early next week and there are no further delays, the city expects to have bills printed before closing for the holiday.

"Thank you so much for all your patience in working with us girls here at City Hall," the city's statement read. "We greatly appreciate it."