The Texas electric system is facing an unprecedented power shortage situation due to the extreme winter weather impacting the entire state, including League City. To put the power outage in perspective, as of Tuesday, February 17 at 6 p.m. there were 3.1 million Texas residents without power. Of that number, 117,000 are Galveston County residents. To see the latest outage numbers visit https://poweroutage.us/area/state/texas
Most City facilities are without power and are running on generators, including City Hall, the Public Safety Building, and the Hometown Heroes Recreation Center, where the City has opened a warming center for residents.
If you are without power, here are some tips to keep you and your family warm.
Those with power are encouraged to conserve as much as possible to help ease the burden on the electrical grids and return power more quickly. To do so, residents are encouraged to keep household temperatures below 70 and avoid using heavy appliances such as washers, dryers, and dishwashers.
- 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 the home or in the garage. They should remain 30 feet away from the outside of your home.
- Do not use a stove or oven for heat, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
- If you go inside a running car to stay warm, take the vehicle outside of the garage, opening the garage door is not enough.