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Posted on: February 17, 2021

Clear Lake Shores Mayor Kurt Otten Issues Local State of Disaster Declaration

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Clear Lake Shores, TX - Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - In response to ongoing severe winter weather conditions in our area, Clear Lake Shores Mayor Kurt Otten has issued a local state of disaster declaration.  Previously, the Governor issued a disaster declaration for all 254 counties and deployed a number of resources throughout the state to assist local officials in their response. 

The City of Clear Lake Shores has been without electric service since 9:30 p.m. last night due to the controlled rotating outages throughout the greater Houston region. 

Additionally, Galveston County WCID#12 has informed City officials that they were also affected by the power outage and residents may experience no water pressure until electric service resumes back to normal. 

Centerpoint has informed on its latest statement that they will be ready to restore power once it is made available by third-party power generators and received through ERCOT. Customers need to be prepared to be without power, potentially for the duration of the generation shortage event, which could last several more days. To read Centerpoint’s full media release, please visit https://info.centerpointenergy.com/pdf/CNP_Update_Statewide_power_generation_emergency_expected%20_to_extend_outages.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0in7qy1gr09yC6CKJm3JCBZ3_RHPC8DyMfQSplI1v_M8jh8K25DtgWEno

Power Outages

You can track electric power outages using the CenterPoint Energy Outage Tracker www.centerpointenergy.com/outagetracker

If you are without power you should: 

● Close any blinds/curtains or put blankets or towels up to cover windows and provide insulation.

● Close off rooms to avoid losing heat.

● Stuff towels in cracks under doors, esp. exterior ones.

● Wear layers of loose-fitting, warm clothing, especially warm socks and gloves if you have them.

● Eat and drink food to provide energy to warm the body but avoid alcohol or caffeine.

● If you have candles, lighting them can help act as a heat source, especially in an enclosed space. But do not rely on them, and remember to practice good fire safety.

● Under no circumstances should you bring a generator inside. They should remain 30 feet away from your home.

● Do not use a stove or oven for heat, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Roads

The Seabrook-Kemah Bridge remains closed. There are power outages across the city and traffic lights are out. If a traffic light is out, treat it as a four way stop sign. For updates on road conditions, please visit http://traffic.houstontranstar.org/ or www.drivetexas.org

City Facilities

City Hall will continue to remain closed until further notice. To contact a City employee via email, please visit the staff directory at www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/staffdirectory. If you need immediate assistance, please contact the Clear Lake Shores Police Department at (281) 334-1034 or the 24-hour dispatch number at (281) 538-0659.

The City will continue to provide weather updates, additional road closures, and other changes to city services through our website and social media outlets.

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On Monday, February 15th, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) declared a statewide power generation shortfall emergency and directed CenterPoint Energy to conduct controlled rotating outages throughout the greater Houston region.  These controlled rolling outages are emergency measures designed to avoid potentially longer, and more widespread power outages. 

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