Tag Archives: Winter Storm Uri

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council takes hard look at what went wrong during winter storm

After taking in an extremely critical report about the city’s response to Winter Storm Uri, City Council members stressed the need to prepare for the next inevitable disaster.  “There’s nobody here that didn’t fight long and hard and sleeplessly and…

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

City eyes $3M for two resiliency hubs to aid weather emergency response

City staffers are recommending a pilot project to create two facilities to act as tryout resiliency hubs that would provide basic utilities and services to nearby residents during climate emergencies and other extreme conditions. A memo released last week by…

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Property group wants to help Rosemont residents, but won’t put anything in writing

At the Tuesday meeting of the Travis County Commissioners Court, Patrick Howard with the Housing Authority of Travis County announced that the board of directors of the Strategic Housing Finance Corporation unanimously voted against an agreement drafted for, and proposed…

Thursday, July 22, 2021 by Seth Smalley

County to provide short-term lodging and repairs for Rosemont residents

On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court revisited the situation at the Rosemont apartment complex in South Austin, where over 80 families we had been given abrupt notice they would have to leave their homes by the end of the…

Monday, July 19, 2021 by Amy Smith

Legislators respond to winter storm with new requirements for energy providers

The Electric Utility Commission received an update last week on legislative action related to electric utilities, with Senate Bill 3 serving as the omnibus response bill to Winter Storm Uri in mid-February. SB 3, approved at the close of the…

Friday, May 14, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Public, Council members push for new emergency plan after winter storm

The head of the city’s new task force examining the impact of Winter Storm Uri says the city must create an updated and far more robust emergency response plan. Sareta Davis, chair of the Winter Storm Review Task Force, also…

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Postmortem of winter storm raises many questions

While individuals and departments shone in their dedication to the city and its people during the cascade of calamities caused by Winter Storm Uri, City Manager Spencer Cronk still has a lot of questions to answer when he releases the…

Thursday, May 6, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

With tenants still enduring mold damage caused by Uri, Council pushes for more landlord regulation

Though it has been several months since Winter Storm Uri damaged infrastructure and homes across the city, some apartment residents are still dealing with severe mold damage that landlords have failed to fix. Worse, when some tenants asked the city…

Monday, April 12, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

City to create disaster-relief hubs

Spurred into action by Winter Storm Uri, City Council has moved to establish emergency hubs across the city where residents can go during a natural disaster to find food, water and shelter – belatedly acting on plans from two years…

Thursday, April 8, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

City looks to mitigate wildfire hazards caused by Winter Storm Uri

Some tree trimmings from power restoration efforts during Winter Storm Uri are still on the ground nearly two months after the storm, creating a potential wildfire hazard as wildfire season approaches.  Though trimmings in residential areas have been mostly picked…

Thursday, April 1, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Before Uri, Austin Water didn’t see winter weather as a threat

Austin Water deemed winter weather a low risk to the city’s water supply before Winter Storm Uri, the utility told the Water Oversight Committee on Wednesday.  Multiple climate and disaster preparedness plans failed to mention the threat of extreme winter…

Monday, March 22, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Post-storm plumber shortage produces demand for rapid training programs

Motivated by the high demand for plumbers brought on by last month’s severe winter storms, local job training organizations have increased their push to enroll students in a variety of skilled trades programs, including electrical and heating/ventilation/air conditioning. Skilled plumbers were…

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

ADRN distributes 25,000 articles of clothing donated by Uniqlo

Last month, Texas endured a historic winter storm that left millions of people across the state without access to power. At one point during the week of Feb. 15, as many as 40 percent of Austin residents were without power. But as…

Thursday, March 11, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

‘We did the best we could’: Commissioners evaluate Austin Energy’s winter storm response

At a special called joint meeting Monday, commissioners from the Electric Utility and Resource Management commissions praised Austin Energy’s response to last month’s winter storm that left hundreds of thousands of people without power for days. Commissioners also offered ideas…

Thursday, March 4, 2021 by Jo Clifton

AE chief apologizes for hardships caused by storm

Austin Energy General Manager Jackie Sargent apologized to the community during Wednesday’s AE Utility Oversight Committee meeting for the suffering and hardships experienced during Winter Storm Uri as a result of electric system outages. Even though the outages were ordered…

Thursday, March 4, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Austin Water responds to ‘demoralizing’ water outages

Austin Water gave a presentation to the Water Oversight Committee on Wednesday detailing the timeline of the water outages last month, preparation for future disasters and upcoming utility bill relief measures. City Council members demanded to know how a substantial…

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Travis County continues to address damage from Winter Storm Uri

The Commissioners Court fielded ongoing conversation Tuesday regarding the lasting impacts of Winter Storm Uri, with a particular focus on damage from burst pipes. “We continue to do winter weather operations at the operation center. We have shifted into what…

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Austin utilities work to help those hit by storm

The wake of winter storm Uri brought recriminations, finger-pointing and at least one major utility bankruptcy, not to mention the sky-high prices charged to many Texas utility customers. Meanwhile, at Austin Energy, officials have been spending their time trying to…

Monday, March 1, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

These volunteers didn’t wait around to get homeless Austinites into hotels during the historic freeze

Last Wednesday, Patricia Clark was in a hotel room in North Austin watching “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” She was bored. Just days earlier, she was outside in the 9-degree weather. The 48-year-old has been homeless on and off for…

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