Latest Headlines for Wednesday, February 24

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Home repair funds increased to fix storm damage

In response to the unprecedented damage to homes caused by winter storm Uri, Austin Water has transferred $1 million to the city’s Housing and Planning Department to help Austinites repair ruptured water lines. The city already had a program to help…

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier

Austin Public Health plans to administer 37,000 Covid-19 vaccines this week after storm delayed efforts

Austin Public Health is working overtime this week to try to administer 37,000 Covid-19 vaccines after the winter storm delayed vaccination efforts for more than a week. That number is much higher than what APH has been able to administer…

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 by Seth Smalley

County rose to weather crisis challenge – but it’s not over yet

As the weather warmed and the snow and ice began to thaw, Austin Water and other utilities in Travis County began to discover breaks in water mains. On top of rolling blackouts, the depressurization of water lines created the need…

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Design Commission eyes Dougherty Arts Center plan

The Design Commission on Monday gave feedback on design alternatives for the Dougherty Arts Center redevelopment, setting up a City Council discussion next month. Though commissioners differed on the best alternative, they commended the project as a whole. The “beloved”…

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Austin Energy customers need not worry about skyrocketing bills

Austin Energy customers, like the customers of other utilities throughout the state, experienced power outages and water shortages caused by winter storm Uri. But unlike customers of other utilities, Austin Energy customers will not be facing a huge spike in…

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 by Seth Smalley

County issues anti-price gouging order

Last Thursday, in partnership with the Office of the Travis County Judge, the Travis County Attorney’s Office drafted an order prohibiting price-gouging for the duration of the Texas energy crisis. At an emergency session of the Commissioners Court, County Attorney…