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Posted on: February 17, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Coppell Updates - Extreme Winter Weather Event

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During this severe weather event, things are changing quickly. We are working with our local partners to get updated information as quickly as possible, and we will share this information with our residents as it becomes available. There’s a lot that the City of Coppell doesn’t know – and there’s even more that’s out of our control – but we are dedicated to keeping you informed. 

No matter what, we’re here to serve our community. Many of our employees are experiencing the same power and connectivity issues that our residents are facing, but we have reorganized and have employees working unusual shifts to ensure that we can continue to provide necessary services.

Here are the latest updates:

How to stay informed

We know many of you have questions, and we’re working to be more transparent in our communication. These updates will continue to go out regularly throughout the remainder of the weather event. Please keep in mind, we don’t have all of the answers. We’ll be sure to be clear about what we know and what we don’t. The situation is changing rapidly, so please also follow the City’s other communication platforms for the most up-to-date information:

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding the severe winter weather event. Read through the FAQs.

Road Conditions & Driving Safety

If you do have to get out on the roads, please be careful and drive with caution. Due to intermittent power outages, the City has switched all traffic signals to flash red. Drivers should treat all intersections as an all-way stop.

To check current road conditions, visit drivetexas.org

Warming Center

The City has opened The CORE, 234 Parkway Blvd., as a warming center for the residents of Coppell. All visitors utilizing the warming center are requested to wear face masks and practice appropriate social distancing from members of other households inside the center. Please note that space and seating are limited. No cots or beds are available.

Food Safety

With extended power outages comes the chance of spoiled food. As the USDA notes in Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency, your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours during a power outage. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers after 4 hours without power.

Water Usage

The City is requesting that residents and businesses only use water when necessary. This request is due to a combination of electric power impacts to our pumping facilities and the power and weather impacts to our provider, Dallas Water Utilities. At this point, the City is still able to continue to provide water to all customers, but we need your help in ensuring that continues!

Water Leaks

With frozen pipes beginning to burst, the City has received an influx of calls. If you need assistance turning off your water, please leave a detailed message with your name, phone number, address, and issue at one of the numbers below. We are currently unable to answer all of the calls, but we will get back to you as soon as possible! 

Normal work hours assistance: 

  • 972-462-5150 
  • 972-462-5156 
  • 972-462-5155 
  • 972-462-5157 
  • 972-304-3679 

After-hours assistance: 

  • 972-462-5150
  • 972-304-3610 (Non-emergency line)

Power Outages

At this time, Oncor and ERCOT are unable to predict when grid conditions will stabilize and urge all customers to be prepared for extended outages to continue. If you are in need, please visit our warming center at The CORE, 234 Parkway Blvd. The center provides heat, restrooms and power outlets ONLY. 

Here’s the latest update, directly from Oncor:

02.17.2021, 9:05 am – “There continues to be a lack of available generation, and as a result, controlled outages remain in place as directed by ERCOT. Due to lowered power demand overnight, Oncor and other utilities were able to restore some of the previously dropped power load and increase our capability to rotate some outages throughout the territory. Even with this increased capability, we still have many customers who continue to experience extended outages. We continue to strive toward providing any temporary relief that we can for those who have been without power the longest as soon as enough generation is available. However, as we saw yesterday, low temperatures of the early morning and increased power demand may result in direction from ERCOT to once again reduce additional load. We will continue to take their direction as we focus on ensuring the integrity of the electric grid.”

Natural Gas

Atmos Energy urges customers with power to conserve energy. Learn about the steps you can take to conserve.

Be Safe!

  • Your ponds and pools may LOOK frozen, but the ice is not very thick. Please be cautious and stay OFF any iced-over bodies of water.
  • Generators, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices should never be used inside a home, basement, garage, or camper – or even outside near an open window. Read more about carbon monoxide safety. 

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