— A week after Hurricane Harvey knocked out power to millions of residents in the city, the city is still trying to figure out how to keep residents from feeling the effects.
But a key question remains: How will residents be able to prepare?
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told reporters Wednesday that the city’s botanical garden will be open Monday to Friday during the next several weeks, but the city will still be shut down in September to keep the city safe.
Turner said he would not provide any more details about the plan but said the city would be open during the storm and reopen on the second and third Friday of each month.
He also said he hoped to see the city open on Monday, but not the same day as Harvey, the National Weather Service says.
A number of other cities in the Southeast and Midwest have already declared their gardens closed, including:Charleston, South Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Cincinnati, Ohio; Charlotte, North Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; Lexington, Kentucky; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Montgomery, Alabama.
The Houston Botanic Garden is one of the world’s largest in terms of number of species and is home to about 2,000 plants and about 1,000 species.
The Garden was hit by Tropical Storm Harvey on Aug. 25 and was placed on lockdown by the city for days, with many people forced to move indoors.
The city’s emergency manager, Bill White, has been credited with saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in food, fuel and other supplies.
More than a dozen people died when Tropical Storm Isaac swept through the U.S. and the Caribbean in May, and Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico in September.