Updated Feb. 15, 2:17 p.m.
In a Facebook post just before 2 p.m. Feb. 15, Missouri City announced running water is available to the Brightwater and Lexington Point subdivisions. These neighborhoods had previously been without running water due to frozen pipes.
Posted Feb. 15, 12:12 p.m.
Several Missouri City neighborhoods are without running water and electricity following snowfall and freezing temperatures the morning of Feb. 15, Missouri City officials said at a 10:30 a.m. press conference.
The running water outages are due to frozen pipes, said Trameka Jewett, Missouri City’s emergency management coordinator. Jewett said residents without running water should notify their water provider and municipal utility district.
Mayor Robin Elackatt said there is a known issue with MUD 42, which serves the Brightwater area. The fire department and other utility providers are working to flush the frozen pipes, City Manager Odis Jones said.
“We are experiencing some water issues,” Jones said. “I think those water issues will dissipate as we have some warming.”
Furthermore, Missouri City residents are affected by ongoing rolling power blackouts. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas initiated rotating power outages across the state at 1:25 a.m. in an effort to reduce demand on the electric system.
Jones said the city is working with CenterPoint Energy, which services large portions of the Houston area, to address these issues.
Lastly, Missouri City officials, including Council Members Jeffrey Boney and Anthony Maroulis, urged residents to stay off the roads, care for neighbors and pets, and conserve electricity.
Maroulis said the city’s public works department has treated all 21 city-owned bridges and overpasses. These roads will be retreated again during the day Feb. 15, Maroulis said. He also said the Texas Department of Transportation has treated Hwy. 6 and Hwy. 90A.
“Thank you Missouri City for heeding our travel warnings,” Police Chief Mike Berezin said. “We had zero traffic-related incidents on our roadways last night. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate you taking that civic challenge and staying home. ... I ask you to continue that in the hours to come. We are not out of the woods yet.”
Several roads in and around Missouri City remain closed. An up-to-date list of local road closures can be found here.
To view the Missouri City winter weather press conference in full, visit www.facebook.com/missouricitytx.