Austin is examining all legal options to prevent future crises
Mayor Adler tells FOX 7 this will be a long road.
Austin, Texas – – The line to pick up food and water at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex reached the street on Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s a beautiful day in every way, but we’re in the middle of disaster relief,” said Pro Tem Mayor Natasha Harper-Madison.
The mayor was one of several volunteers who helped distribute the goods. “We’ve given people over 3 million bottles of water, which is an incredible number unless you’re one of the people who hasn’t been given those bottles of water or you don’t have water.” said Mayor Steve Adler.
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District officials are calling for an investigation into ERCOT
Four ERCOT board members resigned from their positions on Tuesday after the state’s electricity grid operator used most of the heat for the major blackouts.
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Austin Water said the majority of customers now have service, but not all of them.
“We still have people in this city who have no water, no electricity, not because of the system network, but because the water supply to the apartment complex was cut. City Code is talking to landlords to make sure they are moving around quickly Services to start up again, “said Adler.
The Austin City Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday to address immediate needs. “Tomorrow the council will take concrete action to ensure that plumbers get their job done quickly and at a lower cost … to ensure people’s electricity bills don’t go up,” Adler said.
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Water quality continues to be an issue for some Austin Water customers
Even though the boiling water notice has been lifted, some Austin Water customers still have concerns about what’s coming out of the tap.
In the long run, what are elected officials doing to make sure it doesn’t happen again? Harris County officials are considering exiting ERCOT. Is Austin going to do that?
“There will be a lot of time to think about it. I’m so focused on taking care of people who are in crisis. There will be an opportunity to discuss any litigation that comes to mind. ” Try to help people deal with this crisis and recover from it, “Adler said.
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In the meantime, the city focuses on meeting the most basic needs before any analysis.
“Let’s stabilize and then talk about recovery. Then we can analyze where we have failed and how we have failed, who do we need to strengthen?” said Harper-Madison.