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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Fort Bend leads Texas in vaccination efforts according to state data, county says

According to the county, Fort Bend is the No. 1 per capita fully-vaccinated county jurisdiction in the state with 51.54% of residents recorded.

Imperio Wine & Spirits sells a variety of liquor, beer, wine and spirits. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center will open for the summer on June 8. (Courtesy Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center)
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The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center will open for the summer on June 8.

On April 2, New Strength Pilates moved to a larger location on Riverstone Boulevard in Missouri City. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
New Strength Pilates relocates to larger Missouri City studio

The Missouri City business of 16 years offers private sessions and group classes that help clients become pain free.

See how some Greater Houston area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
See how some Greater Houston area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year

While some school districts in the Greater Houston area are doing away with face mask requirements and virtual schooling completely, others are pivoting to continue offering online learning options for students and plan to require face masks.

masks
CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

The guidance states fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

Hwy. 36A has not been approved as a project, so the route of the road has not been decided. However, this map shows the study area for the road. (Courtesy Highway 36A Coalition)
TxDOT, advocacy group look at feasibility of Hwy. 36A corridor through Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller counties

The Highway 36A Coalition is hoping to get the road placed on HGAC's 2045 Regional Transportation Plan.

House Bill 1024, signed into law May 12, allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go. (Courtesy Pexels)
Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

Supporters say the change will help restaurants continue to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Applications will open May 17 for small businesses seeking monetary relief through Fort Bend County's small business emergency grant program because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy Pexels)
New funding available soon for small businesses hit by COVID-19 in Fort Bend County

Small businesses in Fort Bend County that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can soon apply for up to $25,000 in relief due to new funding made available by the county.

3323 Oaklawn Place Drive, a 1,804-square-foot house in Olympia Estates, sold for between $185,001-$215,000 on Jan. 30. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
Median price of homes sold increased across Sugar Land, Missouri City year over year in March

Find recent real estate trends, plus information on the Missouri City neighborhood Olympia Estates here.

Dry Eye & Specialty Center opened April 22 in Sugar Land. (Courtesy Pexels)
Dry Eye & Specialty Center opens on University Boulevard in Sugar Land

The practice offers optometry services such as routine exams as well as treatment for eye diseases and other causes of dry and itchy eyes.