UPDATED: More power, water restored as conditions improve in Sugar Land, Missouri City on Feb. 19, officials say

The cities of Sugar Land and Missouri City, along with their residents, continue to deal with the ongoing effects of the winter storm. (Courtesy Patti Rodriguez)
The cities of Sugar Land and Missouri City, along with their residents, continue to deal with the ongoing effects of the winter storm. (Courtesy Patti Rodriguez)

The cities of Sugar Land and Missouri City, along with their residents, continue to deal with the ongoing effects of the winter storm. (Courtesy Patti Rodriguez)

Updated Feb. 19 at 1:10 p.m.

The city of Sugar Land has rescinded the boil-water notice for the Greatwood water system, which provides water to the Greatwood and Greatwood Lakes communities, as of 12:20 pm. Feb. 19.

No portion of Sugar Land is currently under a boil-water notice. However, boil notices remain in effect for the 10 Missouri City MUDs included later in this article.

Posted Feb. 18 at 3:28 p.m.

Power and water has been restored to much of the Sugar Land and Missouri City communities as of 10 a.m. Feb. 18.



“Things are looking better,” Missouri City City Council Member Floyd Emery said in a press conference Feb. 18. “Once we get past it sounds like tomorrow night, we should have some decent weather and we can start trying to get back to somewhat of a normal living.”

Here are local updates from both cities regarding electricity, water, road conditions and warming centers.

Electricity

Missouri City Mayor Robin Elackatt said in a lunchtime press conference that just 1.3% of Missouri City holdholds remained without power, down from 51% the day prior. Power has also been restored for most Sugar Land residents, the city said in a Feb. 18 press release.

“These numbers are significantly lower,” Elackatt said during the press conference. “We're looking forward to having all the households and businesses back online.”

As of 9 a.m. Feb. 18, CenterPoint Energy, the energy delivery company for much of the Greater Houston area, showed 98.5% of its customers have power.

Water

In Sugar Land, all four water systems are on regular power and fully functional, the city said in a press release the morning of Feb. 18.

Sugar Land's Greatwood and Greatwood Lakes communities remain under a boil water notice until test results show the water is safe to consume. The rest of the city is not under a boil water notice.


Missouri City Utilities Manager Todd Hoover said 10 of the 34 of municipal utility districts located within the city are under a boil water notice.

Residents living in the following MUDs are asked to boil their water for at least two minutes prior to consumption to ensure it is safe to drink. Check to see which MUD your neighborhood is located in here.




  • Quail Valley Utility District

  • Palmer Plantation No. 1

  • Palmer Plantation No. 2

  • Harris County WCID-Fondren Road

  • Southwest Harris County MUD No. 1

  • Thunderbird Utility District System No. 1

  • Fort Bend WCID No. 2

  • Harris County MUD No. 122

  • Fort Bend MUD No. 49

  • Fort Bend MUD No. 26



Hoover said while water may be discolored, it is still safe to drink once boiled. Once the boil water notices are lifted, something Hoover said could take five to seven days, residents will be asked to flush their water lines to rid any lasting discoloration.

Missouri City does not operate any of the MUDs within the city, so residents experiencing issues related to their water are asked to contact the MUD directly, Hoover said.

Roads

All Sugar Land and Missouri City roads are passable as snow and ice has continued to melt, city officials said.

However, Texas Parkway between Independence Boulevard and Grand Park Drive was temporarily closed due to power line issues.

Warming centers

With temperatures expected to dip below freezing again overnight Feb. 18, Missouri City officials said they, in partnership with Fort Bend County, will continue to operate the warming center at the Missouri City Recreation and Tennis Center until Feb. 20 at noon.

Missouri City acting Fire Chief Mario Partida said the city was able to serve 22 individuals at this warming center—which is located at 2701 Cypress Point Drive—on Feb. 17.

Updates on other warming centers in Fort Bend County are available here.


For more information about how the city of Sugar Land and the city of Missouri City are responding to the ongoing effects of the winter storm visit their websites.

By Claire Shoop
Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.


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