This cold weather is unheard of in Mineral Wells. Many Texans across the state are facing rolling blackouts, which is to be expected. What wasn’t expected was for people to be without power for many hours. Some residents within Mineral Wells haven’t had power since 1 AM. We reached out to some of the city officials and other leaders in town to provide you with the updates that may be needed in these challenging times. Here are their statements:
Mineral Wells Police Department:
“Stay home and only get out if you absolutely have to. If you must get on the road, drive slowly and with caution. Use 940-328-7771 for non-emergencies. 911 lines are up and running for emergency use.
We have people calling the PD for power outage information. The PD will not have that information. Contact your energy provider.”Lt. Darby Thomas, MWPD
Mineral Wells Fire Department:
“We can expect rolling blackouts probably for the next few days with the temperatures remaining below freezing. I just like for everyone to try to be very careful using alternative methods of heat and possibly trying to thaw out pipes. You can have some unintended consequences by using torches and heat lamps. Please be careful we know people are having to try different methods in this unprecedented winter event.”Mike Pool, Fire Chief, MWFD
Mayor Ragen Johnson is working on a statement that she will be putting on her Facebook page soon but for now, here was what she had to share:
“We are working to gather as much information as possible and resources should the power outage continue. We are hoping to have another update on that soon, but at the moment, Oncor cannot give us an estimation for power restoration. We are asking people to please follow all of the recommendations to keep feet in their home and keep themselves safe. If someone is having an emergency or medical crisis please call 911”Regan Johnson, Mayor of Mineral Wells
Palo Pinto General Hospital:
“Due to inclement weather, all of the Palo Pinto General Hospital clinics including the Urgent Care will be closed until further notice. The Emergency Room is always open and ready to serve. We would like to encourage everyone to stay home, stay safe, and stay warm.”Megan Hudson, Media/Marketing, PPGH
Mineral Wells ISD:
“Due to the weather situation and strain on the electrical grid, MWISD will be closed to both face-to-face and virtual learning from Tuesday through Thursday and we will reevaluate the situation on Friday. These will be old-fashioned snow days, and MWISD will apply for a missed school day waiver from TEA which allows for up to three missed days after a serious weather event without having to use bad weather days or make up the days.”John Kuhn, Mineral Wells ISD Superintendent
Community Christian School:
“Community Christian School will be closed through Wednesday.
Wednesday afternoon we will assess the situation.
ICAA/TEA has granted Tuesday-Thursday as days not to count as needing to be made up.
We will not be doing online/ distance learning or have to make days up.
We are praying for our community and here to help.”Doug Jefferson, Administrator, CCS
As the city officials and other town leaders provide updates, we will be updating this article to keep you informed.
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