Town of Sunnyvale - Feb. 16, 2021
Oncor Emergency Update
Due to ongoing record-low temperatures and generation, ERCOT has continued to direct Oncor and utilities across the state to drop power load through maintained controlled outages. These controlled outages are occurring across the state and the entire Oncor service territory. Oncor was able to rotate some outages overnight, but poor grid conditions have continued to prevent Oncor and other utilities from rotating, or rolling, the entirety of these outages, leading to extended periods without power for many of our customers.
At this time, ERCOT is unable to predict when grid conditions will stabilize, and urge all customers to be prepared for extended outages to continue.
Local disaster declaration declared
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a local disaster declaration on Monday, Feb. 15.
Effective 8 p.m., Feb. 15:
- All non-essential businesses are advised to delay their opening or start time until 10 a.m.
- All manufacturing and industrial businesses that use electricity in their operations/processes are advised to close on Feb. 16, 2021, or at minimum to the greatest extent possible shut down any non-essential processes or operations for that day.
- All residents and businesses in Dallas County are advised to set their thermostats to no more than 68 degrees.
Jenkins also warned of price gouging on items such as groceries, toiletries, medications, hotels, lodging, etc.
Town officials are participating in regional emergency management calls with County and State officials. As we learn additional information, it will be shared.
On Monday, Feb. 15, c|Life Church opened their facility to serve as a warming center. The church will be reopening at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16 for anyone in need of a warm place to go.
- Masks are required.
- Please bring any supplies that you may need as chairs and a warm room will be provided.
- Sorry, no pets are permitted.
610 Hwy. 80 East.
Sunnyvale, TX 75182
For other warming center locations, please dial 2-1-1
Tips to stay warm
- Dress in layers.
- Isolate to a small room with the least amount of windows.
- Shut all window coverings such as blinds, curtains, and drapes.
- If your home has an electric fireplace, look for a battery alternative.
- If you have a gas water heater in your home, fill up a bathtub with warm water to knock the edge off of the cold in adjacent rooms.
- Stuff towels under door cracks.
- Eat and drink to warm the body.
Prevent water leaks
As temperatures warm up, please remember to check your home for water leaks.
Many newer homes have a master valve in the garage. It is best to identify this valve before the weather warms back up in case of emergency.
If your water needs to be shut off at the street, please call (972) 251-0567 to get it turned off. The Town's Public Works Department is on standby and ready to help.
Winter storm warning
A winter storm warning will be in effect from 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16 through 6 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17 for North Texas region.
Heavy mixed precipitation is expected, with 2-6 inches of total snow accumulations. The heaviest accumulations are expected northeast of the metroplex. Total ice accumulations of .10 to .25 inches are expected. Impacts include dangerous travel conditions, additional power outages, and wind chills cold enough to result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Travel is discouraged late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.
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