City of Port Arthur Winter Weather Advisory Update

Feb 17, 2021

Health:

Due to inclement weather, the Port Arthur Health Department will cancel COVID Vaccine clinical services today at the Bob Bowers Civic Center. Staff is working to reschedule patients with appointments for the COVID vaccination HUB and those who have been scheduled for today must contact the Health Department at (409) 983-8832 as soon as possible for direction and instructions.

 

Public Works:

Drainage and Streets' crews have cover vulnerable bridges and overpasses with a sand-brine mixture to help prevent ice buildup in those areas. However, public safety officials discourage any travel, unless in an emergency situation. Please stay off the roads, if possible.

Residential and commercial Solid Waste collections will be serviced at a minimum of three days behind for next week. Public Works crews will attempt to do Monday's schedule on tomorrow, February 18th, and the next days, weather permitting. Updates will be posted on this website and on the City's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The collection schedule is currently as follows:

 

Water Utilities:

 There is a Boil Water advisory for the City of Port Arthur. Please follow the instructions for this notice.  Also expect water outages due to breaks in water mains from this winter storm. Crews are making repairs and no timeline has been reached for repairs. Please stay tuned to the City's website - www.portarthurtx.gov, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts for several updates.

 

Transit:

Port Arthur Transit (PAT) will temporarily suspend fixed-route and paratransit services on Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16, 2021, due to inclement weather.  Citizens with paratransit trips to medical services scheduled for Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16, 2021, will receive a phone call from management to discuss transportation options.  PAT will make every effort to accommodate these previously scheduled appointments.  Fixed-route and paratransit services will resume on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

 

Animal Control:

Due to predicted low temperatures, please provide adequate shelter for all animals. Please bring all pets indoors if at all possible. If not possible, please provide adequate bedding for dog houses or other shelter (hay, multiple blankets, etc.). Animal Control is on call to respond to emergency calls and will continue to provide service as long as roads are passable. Should the roads become unsafe for travel, Animal Control will resume investigations as soon as weather permits safe travel.

 

Notice from Entergy:

Key Messages:

 

Freezing rain, snow, sleet, and ice accumulation are expected.

Traveling can be impacted with icy roadways, especially bridges and overpasses.

Ice accumulating on trees and power lines can result in power outages.

Entergy resources are prepared to deploy if outages occur. 

Safety is our number one priority.  If you lose power:

 

Stay away from downed power lines and assume they are energized. Report them to 1-800-9OUTAGE.

Report your power outage online to Entergy Texas or call 1-800-9OUTAGE. There is no need to speak with a customer service representative to report an outage if completed online.

If you have a portable generator, use it safely. DO NOT run it in an enclosed space. If connecting to the whole house, do so only if the connection has been installed by a licensed electrician to prevent back feed on to the distribution system.

Do not open your refrigerator or freezer door. Food will stay cold much longer this way. If outside temperature is below freezing, consider placing food in an ice chest outside.

Please stay clear of linemen as they work to safely restore power

Customers without power can help in the restoration process by turning off major appliances but leaving on a lamp or other light to indicate when power is restored. Then, gradually turn other appliances to spread out the increase in power usage over a longer time.

 Customer preparations should include:

 

Charge up mobile devices and back-up batteries.

Download the Entergy app to sign up for text updates.

Review guidance at entergystormcenter.com.

If you have medical equipment that requires electricity to properly function, take necessary steps to secure an alternative source of electricity in the event of a power disruption.

Have an emergency kit including flashlights, medicine, first aid, blankets, water, and food.

 Conserve Electricity:

 

 Remember that extreme cold can drive increased electricity consumption.  Follow these easy steps to reduce consumption and lower your usage:

 

Heating can account for as much as 55% of your monthly electric bill. Setting the thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter is an easy way to reduce how much energy you use. Every degree above 68 on the thermostat can increase your bill by about 3%.

Conserve hot water. Wrap your electric water heater with a water heater blanket that can be found at local home improvement stores and set the thermostat to 120 degrees or medium.

Keep all doors and windows closed. Constant traffic will let out the warm air, forcing your heater to work harder to keep the room at the set temperature.

Ensure fans are turning the right way. Fans should be run at a low speed clockwise during the winter. This helps keep the cold air from blowing down on you.

Keep the air circulating. Don’t block heat registers or air returns with curtains or furniture.

Leverage the sun. During the day, open your curtains and blinds to let in the warm sunlight. Close them at night to reduce heat loss.

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