The first week of February saw temperatures drop well below freezing and stay there for several days. The severe weather caused power outages, rolling blackouts, icy roads and frozen water pipes. City crews did a wonderful job responding to the situation.
With power usage at peak levels during the freezing weather, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) asked those participating in its voluntary energy use reduction program to cut back on their power use. Round Rock’s water treatment plant went into action and cut its electricity use. Furthermore, the time frame of 25 hours for the state-wide event set a new record in Texas, and we were only obligated to participate for 8 hours. Our employees managed to save the required energy for the entire event!
City crews used 300 tons of sand and 500 gallons of liquid deicer on City roads to help avoid accidents from icy conditions.
The service center staff had 202 ice-related calls. Sharon Parker, Bonnie Cordova, Kelli Timmerman, Gabrielle Blair, and Patricia Da Silva handled all the calls and dispatching.
Many Public Works staff members went above and beyond to help out when City offices were closed due to the weather and on the weekend. Below is a list of staff members from Public Works who helped out when City offices were closed.
Thank you to all our City staff for their efforts during this severe weather.