Local officials warn of carbon monoxide poisoning; what you should know about burst pipes and more popular Houston-area news

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo told residents Feb. 16 that prolonged power outages across the region could last beyond the duration of the winter weather, stretching another few days as the state's power supply is compromised. (Screenshot via Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management)
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo told residents Feb. 16 that prolonged power outages across the region could last beyond the duration of the winter weather, stretching another few days as the state's power supply is compromised. (Screenshot via Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management)

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo told residents Feb. 16 that prolonged power outages across the region could last beyond the duration of the winter weather, stretching another few days as the state's power supply is compromised. (Screenshot via Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management)

Read popular news from the past week from the Greater Houston area.

Harris County

'A disaster within a disaster': Harris County, CenterPoint Energy talk carbon monoxide poisoning, prolonged power outages

With many homes without power—and therefore without a source of heat—Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Dr. Samuel Prater, an emergency physician with Memorial Hermann, said the county is seeing an increased number of carbon monoxide poisoning cases.

Statewide



'Something that you could have planned for': How isolated Texas power grid, winter weather left millions without electricity

Widespread power outages prompted by severe winter weather conditions throughout Texas this week have led to increased focus on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, which manages statewide electric power flow.

Expert Q&A: What Texans should know when filing claims for burst pipes

This week's historic winter storm has had lingering effects on Texans across the state. For those with damage to their homes caused by burst pipes, what is the next step?

Fort Bend County

Sheriff Eric Fagan's reversal of 2019 dispatch policy brings relief to Fort Bend County officials

Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan entered office Jan. 1 with several priorities in mind—including a mission to reverse a 2019 policy regarding emergency dispatch practices, which he accomplished in week one.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

Life Time Fitness to open Missouri City facility in 2022

A Life Time Fitness facility is under development at 8421 Hwy. 6, Missouri City. Located near Sienna, the athletic facility is expected to open in mid- to late 2022.

Anna Lotz, Ben Thompson, Hunter Marrow, Morgan Theophil and Claire Shoop contributed to this report.



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Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

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Q&A: Greater Houston Builders Association President Keith Luechtefeld discusses power, plumbing, frozen pipes after Winter Storm Uri

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather.

Winter Storm Uri led to closures across the Greater Houston area during the third week of February. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
‘It’s been a rough year for us’: Expert explains economic effects of winter storm, ongoing pandemic in Houston region

“It's been a rough year for us economically; it's been a rough year for us public health wise. It's just been a rough year for us psychologically—first the coronavirus and then the freeze," said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research with the Greater Houston Partnership.

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With eminent domain ongoing, construction pushed back on Knight Road extension in Missouri City

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Bounce Bounce Trampoline Park is slated to open in Missouri City this summer. (Courtesy Bounce Bounce)
Bounce Bounce Trampoline Park delays Missouri City opening until summer

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The $560 million central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E. (Courtesy Houston Airport System)
Parking garage at George Bush Intercontinental Airport to be demolished to make way for new Mickey Leland International Terminal

The international central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.