2021 – News and Updates Archives

Jan. 18


The City of Ivanhoe will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 26, 2021, at the Ivanhoe Civic Hall, located at 870 Charmaine Drive East, Woodville, Texas, regarding the submission of an application to the Texas Department of Agriculture for a Texas Community Development Block Grant Program (TxCDBG) grant. 

The purpose of this meeting is to allow citizens an opportunity to discuss the citizen participation plan, the development of local housing and community development needs, the amount of TxCDBG funding available, all eligible TxCDBG activities, and the use of past TxCDBG funds. The City encourages citizens to participate in the development of this TxCDBG application and to make their views known at this public hearing. Citizens unable to attend this meeting may submit their views and proposals to C.D. Woodrome at cityofivanhoe@gmail.com.  

Persons with disabilities that wish to attend this meeting should contact City Hall to arrange for assistance.  Individuals who require auxiliary aids or services for this meeting should contact the City at least two days before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Para obtener información en español, póngase en contacto con C.D. Woodrome al 409-283-3299 o envíe un correo electrónico a: Cityofivanhoe@gmail.com.

Feb. 15


We are going to be closing Charmaine, Galahad
and Camelot dams at 5:15 PM.

The conditions have worsened and it is beyond our capbility to maintain the safety of our residents. If someone were to skid off the side of one of the dams and into the water we could not rescue them in time. 

Also, we cannot risk the safety of our Public Works crew.

Anyone who finds themselves outside of Ivanhoe and not able to get home in time will have to either walk the rest of the way home or arrange for someone to pick them up at the other side of the dam.



Feb. 16

8:57 AM – 2/16/2021

STATEWIDE CURRENT SITUATION: Texas continues experiencing large numbers of rolling power outages across the state to help reduce the burden on the power grid. Currently there are more than 3.1 million customers without power in Texas.

On February 15, Governor Abbott announced that the State of Texas is deploying maximum resources to local officials throughout the state to respond to severe winter weather and to restore power to our communities. State agencies are sending resources and personnel to help local officials clear roadways and to assist essential workers, such as healthcare professionals and power grid workers, in carrying out their essential duties.

Furthermore, Governor Abbott and the Texas Military Department have deployed the National Guard across Texas to conduct welfare checks and to assist local authorities in transitioning Texans in need to one of the 135 local warming centers that the state has helped establish across Texas.

On Sunday, Governor Abbott sought and received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Energy that allows Texas power generators to increase production. Unfortunately, some of those generators are unable to increase production at this time because their operations have been frozen by weather conditions. They are working to get their power production back on line.

Feb. 16

The City of Ivanhoe has reopened gates
at Charmaine Dam, and Galahad Dam.

The City of Ivanhoe has reopened gates at Charmaine Dam, and Galahad Dam. Camelot Dam remains closed to traffic due to ice. Travel is possible on the back side of Lake Camelot using Lakeview Circle and Lake Camelot Circle. There are locations on streets that are very treacherous and may not thaw out today. The roadway conditions across Charmaine and Galahad Dam will be evaluated this afternoon and notice will be posted if the dams will be closed to traffic overnight Tuesday. Tolar Road access is currently open and will remain open in the event the dams are closed this evening. Travel continues to be risky due to the patchy ice and residents are urged to delay travel unless necessary.

Update: 5 PM – 2/16/2021

SouthWest Water Company

Charmaine and Galahad Dams will remain open tonight (Tuesday, February 16, 2021). We are not supposed to get precipitation until the early hours tomorrow. The crew is out spreading sand on the dams and on key areas where we have had the most problems. The back gate will also remain open.

It will be freezing once again tonight and there are still patches of ice that have not melted.


Update: Feb. 18

SouthWest Water Company

Keeping You Updated Regarding the Freeze

We acknowledge the frustration that you, our customers, are feeling due to water outages, boil water events, and the limited information on specific system status we’re able to provide. Unfortunately, the extended cold temperatures and frequent power outages have created circumstances making it very difficult to provide service, including:

  • Restricted access to facilities:  In many of our areas, icy road conditions persist making it difficult, if not impossible to get out operators on site.  
  • Frozen wells, pipes, and tanks:  When power goes out our freeze protection does not work resulting in frozen pipes and equipment.  
  • Generator issues:  The cold weather has caused fuel to “gel” and not flow or generators have run out of fuel because road conditions have prevented access. 
  • Rolling blackouts:  Even when power is restored to all or part of a community, we may not have power at the well or the treatment plant, which may be located outside the restored area. 

Regardless, we are working to thaw our systems, repair breaks, secure reliable power from electricity suppliers or auxiliary power sources, and find ways to get to inaccessible facilities, among other things, in order to restore your water and/or wastewater services as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, our systems are impacted across all of Texas; and we do not have the ability to provide alternate water supplies via water tanker or bottled water for events of this scale. Out of an abundance of caution, we have issued Boil Water Notices for many of our systems in order to protect customers – it is not lost on us that it can be difficult or impossible to boil water if you do not have power or water.  For greater clarity, a Boil Water Notice does not mean you will have water at that time.  Know that we are making every effort to restore service on a continuous basis.  Also know that we will be crediting customers for the base fee on a prorated basis for outages longer than 24 hours.  Once we get services restored, we will begin that process without you needing to call to ask

.Thank you for your patience as we work to restore these services you want and need.

For updates on your neighborhood, visit the link here.

Update: Feb. 19

SouthWest Water Company

Keeping You Updated Regarding the Freeze

We appreciate your engagement as we work to restore water to our customers throughout Texas. Our field operators and office personnel are your neighbors and are experiencing similar circumstances as you, so we understand. They are working around the clock to the best of their ability to visit our sites throughout the whole state. Again, we appreciate your patience. We are trying to keep our website updated, so we appreciate you commenting and bringing attention to your neighborhood. We are updating based on your feedback. We are also reaching out to our Area Supervisors to keep them updated. They are inundated with requests so they are working through them the best they can.

We are fortunate to have utility experts around the country that we are bringing to Texas to support our field operators in this state of emergency. We do not have all the answers now, as our systems throughout the state were impacted differently. Some areas have water, but water pipes have broken due to the freezing temperatures; so our teams must sort through broken pipes, low pressure, and “no water at all” calls.

We understand you want water, and you want it now. There is not much we could say or do at this point to appease everyone. We are trying our best and utilizing every resource to get all our customers back in water. We see your comments and private messages, and we are reaching out to area supervisors with status updates from your comments. This all takes time, and we are doing what is most crucial, getting the information we see directly to our field teams.

We are not just hanging our hat on “unprecedented times” and “we are in a state of emergency.” Rather, we have mobilized our teams from across the country to support our operations and customers. We appreciate our California and Alabama teams for handling customer calls and sending operators to Texas, as our Texas teams were without power and water themselves for majority of the week trying to figure out how to both help you and stay safe.

Please utilize our Facebook for a means to relay information – neighborhood or area without water, questions about boil water notices (with or without water), brown water due to the water being stagnant in the pipes all week with sediment, and so on. This way, our personnel can immediately notify the area supervisors. We will continue to private message those with questions.

Thank you, we are in this together. #TexasStrong

For updates on your neighborhood, visit the link here.

Feb. 25

Governor Abbott, TDEM Launch Call Center To Assist Texans
With Texas Individual Assistance Reporting Tool

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), with the assistance of the Texas Military Department, launched a call center to assist Texans, who have limited or no internet access, with completing the State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT). Texans can call 844-844-3089 between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM seven days a week to submit their disaster damage information. This call center is specifically for Texans who are unable to submit information through the online iSTAT tool. 

If needed, a state emergency management professional will visit impacted homes to collect photos and documentation of damage for the validation process. 

Texans are urged to fill out the iSTAT, either online or over the phone if internet access is limited, to help the state identify damages across Texas and help emergency management officials gain an understanding of damages that occurred during the recent severe winter weather event. This data is also needed to provide information to FEMA and highlight the need for federal disaster assistance for individuals. 

“The information gleaned from the iSTAT will help us advocate for the support and assistance our communities need to recover from the winter storm,” said Governor Abbott. “This call center is available to help Texans without internet access complete this crucial survey.” 

Visit http://damage.tdem.texas.gov to fill out the iSTAT.

March 23

We attempted to stream our council meeting of March 18th simultaneously on Facebook and You Tube. There was not enough bandwidth to do both at the same time so what we are going to do is stream onto You Tube and provide a link on our Facebook page. 

We are now allowing limited attendance at the council meetings. We have room for approximately 45-50 people which should be sufficient. 

The agenda will be posted at least 3 days prior to the meeting so that if you wish to comment on anything on the agenda, you will have time to plan. If you wish to speak, sign up when you arrive. If you wish to comment and are unable to attend you can send your comment via email to coicathybennett@gmail.com and it will be read. 

The same would apply to general comments on things that are not on the agenda. These comments will be read toward the end of the meeting. If you come up with something you would like to comment about while watching the meeting, you can text it to us: 409-377-5891. PLEASE ALWAYS INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS.

April 21


The City of Ivanhoe is giving notice of the city’s intent to submit a Texas Community Development Block Grant Program grant application for a Community Development Fund grant request of $350,000 for street system improvements on 22nd St from 16th St to Lakeview Circle. The application is available for review at the City Hall during regular business hours.

La Ciudad de Ivanhoe está notificando la intención de la ciudad de presentar una solicitud de subvención del Programa de Subvenciones en Bloque de Desarrollo Comunitario de Texas para una solicitud de subvención del Fondo de Desarrollo Comunitario de $ 350,000 para mejoras al sistema de calles en 22nd St desde 16th St hasta Lakeview Circle. La solicitud está disponible para su revisión en el Ayuntamiento durante el horario comercial habitual.

May 21

Review Grant. Application for details of projects. 

$11.4 million granted by Texas GLO for historic disaster mitigation projects in Tyler County

Funds to improve drainage infrastructure approved 
for the city of Ivanhoe

AUSTIN – Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Texas Senator Robert Nichols and Mayor Cathy Bennett announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) approved more than $11.4 million in flood mitigation projects to improve drainage infrastructure in Tyler County’s city of Ivanhoe. These infrastructure projects will directly benefit residents in a majority low-to-moderate income (LMI) area that faced repetitive storm damage in 2015, 2016, and in 2017 with Hurricane Harvey.  

“Since 2015, 140 Texas counties have received a Presidential disaster declaration, giving Texas the dubious distinction of the nation’s leader in disaster areas,” said Commissioner Bush. “The need is extensive, and this first round of mitigation funding is geared directly at helping communities that are majority low-to moderate-income and lack the resources to fund their own mitigation projects. The GLO is proud to helping communities across Texas increase public safety, prevent property loss, and minimize hardship on residents by supporting projects that will lower the impacts of future disasters.” 

“The city of Ivanhoe is surrounded by lakes that overflow during flooding events and inundate our community, damaging roads, overwhelming flood control infrastructure, and creating hazards for our residents and first responders,” said Mayor Cathy Bennett. “This $11.4 million from the GLO will enable us to take much needed steps to repair and improve dams, improve drainage systems, strengthen our ability to withstand disasters, and ultimately reduce the risk of loss of life, injury, and damage when the next storm hits.”

Texas Senator Robert Nichols offered his support from the Texas Capitol saying, “It’s impossible to overstate how important these flood mitigation funds are to East and Southeast Texas. Senate District 3 saw severe flooding during the 2015 floods, the 2016 floods, and again during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. These flooding events showed just how vulnerable this area of the state is and how necessary mitigation efforts are. Senate District 3 won over $105 million in the competitive flood mitigation fund award process because the projects in our region are vital to protecting Texans from future flood events. I appreciate the professionalism of the GLO throughout this process and our local officials who worked so hard to make these projects a reality.”  

In May 2020, Commissioner George P. Bush announced the kick-off of the application processfor the first round of more than $2.3 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to protect Texas communities hit by Hurricane Harvey and severe flooding in 2015 and 2016. During the first round, the GLO conducted three competitive application programs from the CDBG-MIT Action Plan. Those programs include:

  • 2015 Floods State Mitigation Competition – GLO awarded $31,426,781 to four grantees.
  • 2016 Floods State Mitigation Competition – GLO awarded 21 grantees with $135,462,438.
  • Hurricane Harvey State Mitigation Competition Round 1 ($1 billion of $2,144,776,720 total). 

Applications closed for the first round of funding October 28, 2020, and the GLO evaluated all 290 submitted applications in accordance with the HUD approved scoring criteria. Eligible applications with the highest scores were awarded funds. The second round of the competition will award the remaining $1,144,776,720 in mitigation funding to Hurricane Harvey eligible entities.  

HUD defines mitigation as activities that increase resilience to disasters and reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of loss of life, injury, damage to and loss of property, and suffering and hardship, by lessening the impact of future disasters. HUD requires that at least 50% of total funds must be used for activities benefiting low- to moderate-income (LMI) persons.  

The State of Texas CDBG Mitigation Action Plan: Building Stronger for a Resilient Future outlines the use of funds, programs, eligible applicants, and eligibility criteria as required by HUD. The plan was sent to HUD on February 3, 2020, after an extraordinary public outreach effort including a 50-day public comment period and eight regional public hearings, far-surpassing HUD requirements. HUD approved the plan March 31, 2020. For more information, please visit recovery.texas.gov/mitigation

  • City of Ivanhoe: Stormwater Detention and Management Project – $11,472,116.80
    LMI Percentage: 57.38%

The city of Ivanhoe is surrounded by several lakes that have been inundated by repetitive flooding from Hurricane Harvey and other storms. Overflowing flood waters from Lake Ivanhoe and Lake Tristan have caused structural damage to dams and roadways, creating hazards for residents and first responders.  

During Hurricane Harvey, inflows to Lake Ivanhoe exceeded the capacity of the outfall structures and spilled over the top of the dam, causing severe erosion on the face of the dam. Without a functional dam, storm water run-off flows unabated through the breached dam location causing Ivanhoe Drive to flood, trapping residents inside the city and obstructing ingress for emergency responders. The city of Ivanhoe has identified the conversion of Lake Ivanhoe to a stormwater detention facility to mitigate the frequent and repetitive flooding of Ivanhoe Drive, the only ingress/egress route for the city.  

Flood waters are controlled and released by the outlet works at the Lake Tristan outfall located on the northeast side of the lake. Recent storm events have exceeded the capacity of Lake Tristan’s outlet works, resulting in water overtopping this section of the dam and causing roadway flooding and erosion damages. Due to repeated overtopping, a portion of Lakewood Drive has experienced extended periods of saturation and suffered base failure. The flooding of Lakewood Drive presents a dangerous hazard to first responders and to the public travelling along Lakewood Drive during and after storm events.  

The proposed activities noted below will increase resilience to disasters, reduce the long-term risk of loss of life, injury, and damage to and loss of property by lessening the impact of future disasters. The project will include:

  1. 1. Reconstruct the Lake Ivanhoe Dam to remove structurally compromised components of the existing dam and install new water control gates to convert the lake into a stormwater detention facility.
  2. 2. Acquire 28 acres of Lake Ivanhoe and adjacent property from the Ivanhoe Property Owners Improvement Association (IPOIA).
  3. 3. Clear/grade and channel line drainage channels to improve conveyance into and out of Lake Ivanhoe totaling 3,700 linear feet (LF) to mitigate against future erosion.
  4. 4. Replace the emergency discharge structure at Lake Tristan to improve capacity and protect the adjacent road from flooding. 
  5. 5. Demolish and reconstruct the undersized outlet works of Lake Tristan to provide better control of flood water releases.
  6. 6. Clear and expand the discharge channels on downstream side of the Lake Tristan Dam to improve capacity in the existing storm drains.
  7. 7. Elevate a section of Lakewood Drive 300 LF to prevent overtopping by flood waters in the future.

June 10

Engineer’s Map Showing Street Projects – Current, Completed, and Upcoming.

July 31



Notice is hereby given that application for a place on the City of Ivanhoe Regular Election ballot may be filed during the following time:
(Se da aviso por la presente que una solicitud para un lugar en la boleta de la Eleccion Regular de Ciudad de Ivanhoe se pueden presentar durante el siguiente horario:)

Filing Dates and Times:
(Fechas y Horario para Entregar Solicitudes:)

Start date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 End date: Monday, August 16, 2021 (5:00 PM)
Fecha Inicio:)17 de Julio, 2021 (Fecha Limite:)16 de Agosto, 2021 (5:00 PM)

Office hours: 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday thru Friday, Saturday 8 AM to 12 PM
Horario de la Oficina:)Martes a Viernes 10AM -5 PM, Sabado 8AM -12 PM


Physical address for filing an application in person for place on the ballot:
(Direccion a fisica para presenter una solicitud en persona para un lugar en la boleta)

870 Charmaine Dr. East
Ivanhoe, TX

Address to mail an application for place on the ballot (if filing by mail):
(Direccion a donde enviar una solicitud para un lugar en la boleta (en caso de presentar por correo:)

City of Ivanhoe
870 Charmaine Dr. East
Woodville, TX  75979

Email or Fax Number to send an application for place on the ballot:
(Direccion de correo electronico o numero de fax para enviar una solicitud para un lugar en la boleta)
Email: cityofivanhoe@gmail.com Fax #: 409-283-3299

Signature of Filing Officer 
(Nombre en letra de molde del Oficial de Archivos)

Printed Name of Filing Officer
(Firma del Oficial de Archivos)

Date posted (Fecha archivada)

Aug. 10

Low Water Crossing on Ivanhoe Drive Closing for Repairs

Construction on the Texas Water Development Board GRANT Project will begin on Monday, August 16. This is at the low water crossing on Ivanhoe Drive, between Ivanhoe Drive East and Ivanhoe Drive West. Traffic will be detoured until the work is complete. The detour itself is approximately 1.3 miles. We understand that this is an inconvenience, but this work is necessary as the road has been washing out. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

We would like to recognize the great job that our crew did on preparing the detour. A big thanks goes out to David Marshall and our Public Works Crew!

Nov. 10


It is time to get ready for our annual boat parade!! We are hoping to have record participation this year! So get some lights on your boat and come join the fun! 

Please register by either emailing or calling one of the numbers below.

Boats will gather in front of Tommy and Patsy Morris’s dock (Charmaine South) at 5:30pm, the parade will begin at 6:00pm. The lead boat will blow a horn at 6 pm to let us know it is time to start. Please fall in behind that boat and stay in line around the lake. The boat with Santa will be the last. He will disembark at the Community Center and the parade will continue.

We always have a large crowd to view the parade and to enjoy the festivities in the Community Center afterwards so let’s make this a real crowd-pleaser! 

Santa will have something for each of the children and we encourage photos with Santa!

Once boat parade is finished, join us at the Community Center for the activities! Get your picture taken with Santa!

We also encourage homeowners to decorate their homes lakeside so our entire lake will be sparkling with Christmas lights, and especially your docks.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Cathy Bennett: coicathybennett@gmail.com 409-429-6752
Suzy Fortenberry: lsfortenberry@gmail.com 409-504-4804

Nov. 18

Because of the number of Covid cases our community has experienced in the past two weeks, our City Council Meeting scheduled for this evening, Nov 18, 2021, will be postponed until after the Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for your understanding and your prayers.