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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is working with cities to get their water back up and running
In an update yesterday, Governor Abbott said water is being restored to communities across the state. Here on the South Plains, the situation is getting better for some residents. In Garza County, Post City manager Deana Smith says a break was found in the water line from Slaton. Crews were still working to repair the line yesterday evening. In Crosby County, the city of Crosbyton asks residents to continue conserving water as the water district is still working on some issues. You are urged not to wash dishes or do laundry. Flushing toilets and quick showers are ok. Ralls residents are also asked to conserve. The city reports several leaks were found and there are hidden leaks. The boil water notice is still in effect. In Dickens County, the city of Spur reported water is now back on and running after it was shut off Saturday due to supply issues. If you don't have water, yu can take jugs to the community center to get some.
After a week of canceled classes, kids are going back
Lubbock ISD is still dealing with some damage to its campuses caused by frozen pipes, that led to leaks and bursts and some ceilings are still being repaired.
The City of Lubbock is now under a state of disaster
Mayor Dan Pope and the city council issued that declaration Friday afternoon. It cites widespread ice and snow, dangerous roads, storm damage to trees, buildings, and water lines and loss of electricity capacity. According to the declaration, the mayor has determined "extraordinary measures" must be taken to help residents. provide shelter and protect property. This decision makes the city eligible for the state or federal government to pay back some of the money it spent on resources. This declaration lasts until this coming Friday, unless the city council renews it.
Governor Abbott says 165,000 Texans still don't have energy due to breaks in infrastructure like downed power lines
The state's focus is now on restoring the water supply. It's provided millions of bottles of clean water across Texas and is bringing in plumbers from out of state to repair structural damage. He's encouraging counties to submit disaster paperwork to qualify for loans and grants from the state and federal government. When it comes to ERCOT, the governor reiterated that the state's power grid failed its obligations to Texas. The governor is asking the legislature to do a top-down review of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
The city cites "serious concerns" over the problems ERCOT faced the past week, but remains on track to join
LP&L notes the Southwest Power Pool didn't go without its own problems during the storm. It required rolling blackouts to preserve the grid last Tuesday and Wednesday. Spokesman Matt Rose says the state faces "serious decisions" In the next few months to fix ERCOT's problems.
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