News Flash

News flash

Posted on: February 18, 2021

Update - Thursday, February 18, 2021

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Boil Water Notice

A boil water notice remains in effect for the City of Clear Lake Shores until further notice. For residents who do not have power to boil water, you are advised to use bottled water for consumption. 

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. 

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes. To read full boil water notice please visit: https://www.mdswater.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/GWCID12-Boil-Water-Notice-02172021.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3kpeZs45W4R7knW8T4e0Unlwp-45XkMSEVD1yhViEnu9WUF3ghQNxzBew

Water Leaks

If you have a burst pipe or water leak, please turn the water off to your home and contact a plumber. Our Public Works crew will be out and about doing debris cleanup and assisting residents who are having trouble shutting off their main valve.

You can also contact the Galveston County WCID#12 Emergency number at (281) 290-6503 or the Kemah Fire Department at  (281) 538-5727

Trash service:

AmeriWaste will resume services on Friday, February 18th. They WILL NOT pick up heavy trash, yard waste, or recyclable items.

Roads:

The Seabrook-Kemah Bridge is now open.  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 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.

Let’s do our part to conserve our water and energy!

As water comes back, residents may experience low water pressure. We encourage residents to limit the use of water  when possible to help conserve our water and wastewater infrastructure. 

To assist and limit more outages, Centerpoint is asking residents with power to reduce their electricity use to the lowest level possible.  ERCOT has notified CenterPoint Energy of additional power generation capacity. As more power generation is available, the company is prepared to re-energize portions of the electric system that have been without power. To read latest media release, visit https://info.centerpointenergy.com/pdf/News-Release-CNP-conservation-2-17-21-FINAL.pdf

Household tips for reducing electricity use, include: 

  • Turning down thermostats to 68-degrees or lower. 
  • Closing shades and blinds to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows. 
  • Turning off and unplugging non-essential lights and appliances. 
  • Avoiding use of large appliances (i.e., ovens, washing machines, etc.)

Businesses should also minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible or even consider reducing non-essential production processes. To learn more about power saving tips, please visit http://www.ercot.com/about/conservation or PowerToSaveTexas.org. 

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

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On Wednesday. February 17, 2021, Clear Lake Shores Mayor Kurt Otten issued a local state of disaster declaration in response to ongoing severe winter weather conditions in our area.  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.

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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