More than 35,000 Austin Energy customers are still without power after last week’s ice storm.
Texas was hit with a cold snap last week.
Freezing rain, sleet and ice created dangerous conditions for drivers in parts of the state.
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#ice storm in #Dallas #Texas sent cars sliding down the road today after #freezing grains did #ledeneceste. #TxWx #Winter storm pic.twitter.com/qiJuB5oXRK
— WxChasing – Brandon Clement (@bclemms) January 31, 2023
Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Texas were left without power after last week’s storm.
Austin Energy began restoring power on Friday and they still don’t know when power will be fully restored.
Tens of thousands of residents have been without electricity for more than 4 days.
Crews are working on the entire circuit end-to-end and making all necessary repairs possible to restore power to as many customers as possible at once. This takes a while to complete. The crew must patrol and visually inspect the line for damage. https://t.co/cz8qErrGoF
— Austin Energy (@austinenergy) February 4, 2023
Austin Energy provided charging buses Sunday for customers still without power.
We have a loading bus @ Burger Center 3200 Jones Rd until 5pm today (southeast side of football stadium)
📱 Charge your phone and other devices (bring your own cables)
⚕️ Charge medical devices
ℹ️ Find out more about our program for the health-impaired and the possibilities of financial assistance pic.twitter.com/AZPEGuGsNZ
— Austin Energy (@austinenergy) February 5, 2023
Austin Energy said it would give an estimated time to fully restore power by Sunday evening, the utility’s general manager said.
“I’m sorry this is taking so long,” Jackie Sargent said at an afternoon press conference. More than 35,000 Austin Energy customers were still without power after last week’s storm.
City Manager Spencer Cronk said strong winds expected Tuesday could lead to more tree limbs falling on power lines and more outages.
“It’s important to know that trees are still vulnerable after a winter storm and may have broken branches that are high up in the branches that you can’t see,” Cronk said. He advised residents to avoid parking or standing under trees.
When asked about rebates for customers due to power outages, Sargent said the utility company would not give them because the damage was caused by a natural disaster. Cronk, however, said the city will explore options.
“But that will come over time,” he said, “as we do an assessment of what it costs and what we can provide to our citizens.”