Restaurateur gives away $12K in food; citywide boil notice possible in Austin and more news from Central Texas

Residents of San Marcos walk to OMG Seafood in San Marcos to take advantage of the free food the restaurant was giving away all day Feb. 16. (Courtesy Joseph Daley)
Residents of San Marcos walk to OMG Seafood in San Marcos to take advantage of the free food the restaurant was giving away all day Feb. 16. (Courtesy Joseph Daley)

Residents of San Marcos walk to OMG Seafood in San Marcos to take advantage of the free food the restaurant was giving away all day Feb. 16. (Courtesy Joseph Daley)

Read the latest winter storm coverage from Central Texas.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

'God put it in my heart': San Marcos restaurant gives away nearly all of its food during crippling winter storm

As co-owner of both locations of OMG Seafood—one in Bryan and one in San Marcos—Shane Billiot said it was in part due to his experience with the Houston and Louisiana disasters that led him to give away more than $12,000 of food from his establishments Feb. 16.

Austin



Potential citywide boil water notice not off the table as Austin Water demand peaks to unprecedented levels


The number of both public and private water main breaks that have occurred over the past three days is likely more than Austin Water has ever seen in its 100-year history. Austin Mayor Steve Adler said the city’s service area is approaching 300 million gallons of water use a day, which is two to three times larger than the city has ever seen.

Austin Energy: Ice storm caused additional outages through service area

As Austin Energy continues to implement power outages in an attempt to maintain the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ power grid, the local utility announced in a Twitter statement that the overnight storm resulted in additional unscheduled outages.

Austin issues boil water notice for much of Southwest Austin and Lost Creek, asks residents to conserve

Due to a drop in water pressure, Austin Water issued a boil water notice Feb. 17 for parts of Southwest Austin as well as the Lost Creek area. According to Austin Water, the notice is in effect for many residents in the city of Austin west of Menchaca Road and along West Hwy. 290 through the Y at Oak Hill.

Georgetown

Georgetown boil water notice extended to more than 19,500 customers

After issuing a boil water notice at 11 p.m. on Feb. 16, Georgetown has extended the notice to include 19,620 customers, according to a 7 a.m. Feb. 17 news release.

Georgetown Utility Systems says customers should plan for 3-hour rotating outages

Electricity customers of Georgetown Utility Systems should anticipate rotating electricity outages Feb. 17, according to a city of Georgetown update.

Travis County

Travis County issues warning against price gouging, unnecessary electricity use during extreme cold conditions

Travis County Judge Andy Brown issued an order Feb. 16 warning against price gouging by businesses in response to heightened need during extreme winter weather. He also ordered businesses and commercial buildings to limit electric use during the current cold weather crisis.

Water service interruptions continue for west Travis County

Residents of Majestic Hills, Falconhead West, some areas of Flintrock Falls and Serene Hills can expect no water service for an additional 24-36 hours due to ongoing equipment failures and weather-related challenges.

Round Rock

Round Rock asks residents to cut back water use, emphasizes no customers will lose service

The city of Round Rock debunked a rumor Feb. 16 by emphasizing water customers would not lose water service.

New Braunfels

Power outages affecting Green Valley Special Utility District service in New Braunfels, Guadalupe County

The Green Valley Special Utility District, which provides portions of New Braunfels and Guadalupe County with water and wastewater service, reported power outages were affecting internet and phone lines Feb. 17.

Nicholas Cicale, Taylor Girtman, Brian Rash, Ali Linan, Olivia Aldridge, Greg Perliski, Amy Denney and Warren Brown contributed to this report.



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