Though Uvalde experienced a second severe winter storm Thursday, most residents had regained water and power after up to 90 hours without either.
Power lines on South Getty Street, which collapsed under the weight of the snow Thursday, led to more outages in Rocksprings and contributed to continuing outages in Camp Wood, even as AEP Texas crews worked to repair lines.
AEP data indicated five residences in Uvalde and none in Sabinal or Utopia were without power.
Neither Bandera Electric Cooperative nor Medina Electric Cooperative reported any customers in the county without power out of the 2,236 and 3,540 they serve, respectively.
What were initially rolling blackouts to preserve the power grid turned into prolonged outages as people and pets set up makeshift camps in their own homes to survive after the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said electricity demand was exceeding the supply.
At 10:15 a.m. Thursday, approximately 124,000 AEP customers remained without power, though the company had restored electric service to approximately 150,000 as more power generation came online and ERCOT said it was safe to restore.
Power outages that led to non-working city water pumps caused many residents to spend days without water before power was restored on Wednesday to nine pumps throughout the city.
Uvalde city manager Vince DiPiazza said that the city had rendered the water safe for use, but due to state regulations the city is legally required for public safety to issue a water boil notice after the water treatment system lost power.
DiPiazza also noted there is misleading information being spread on social media indicating the water is chemically contaminated, which he said is untrue. He said Uvalde water quality meets all applicable safety standards.
“We’ve adjusted disinfection to make sure the water is safe to consume,” DiPiazza said, noting there had been no known issues with city water pumps besides lack of power.
“Water that has sat relatively still for a while – due to our system not flowing like it should – often accumulates sediment… If customers have a problem with murky or ‘muddy’ water, they should run their water faucets until the water is clear. If the water doesn’t clear up, they should call us so we can check it out.”
Anyone with water-related issues may contact public works director Juan Zamora at 830-275-1785.
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