Power Restored to Municipal Buildings

Power Restored to Municipal Buildings


May 23, 2024

UPDATE
Power Restored to Municipal Buildings
Friday, May 24, 2024
2:37 p.m.

The following is an update on the aftermath of Wednesday's storm:
  • This morning power restored at Lena Armstrong Public Library, City Hall, utility billing building, and Central Fire Station.
  • As of noon, the Harris Community Center was still without power.
  • At the start of business today about 2,400 households/businesses in Belton remained without power. By the afternoon 1,200 remained without power.
  • “We were very blessed to come out of it the way we did,” City Manager Sam Listi.
  • Throughout the day yesterday Mayor David K. Leigh was contacted by leaders from local, state, and federal levels. “We’ve got some great neighbors,” Mayor Leigh said.
  • Oncor has called in contractors from throughout the state to assist with power restoration. Its response to large-scale events like this is a tiered approach where electricity is restored to critical load customers first such as hospitals, water towers and grocery stores. The next priority is typically restoring electricity to areas that will benefit the most customers.
  • Brush efforts have transitioned from moving it off roadways to collecting it from the curb. A significant amount of brush is on the ground, and we are deploying extra trucks through the weekend and into next week. Residents should expect delays in this service but be assured that resources are being deployed to address this significant challenge.
  • Trash and recycling collection services are on normal schedules.
  • For residents, June 1 is bulk drop-off day at the Public Works yard, 1502 Holland Rd.
  • Parks and Recreation crews have been deployed to support residential brush collection before addressing downed trees in city parks. Thank you for your patience as we work to get back to beautifying the parks. In Heritage Park alone the storm took out 12 trees.
  • This morning 10 areas of town still had downed power lines.
  • CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteers teamed up with Belton Police Department on Thursday to canvass neighborhoods and catalogue damage and help residents where possible.
  • On Thursday, a team from the Jarrell Fire Department flew a drone over parts of Belton to assess damage.
  • Belton PD had 200 calls for service within 24 hours of the storm, including 30 calls for arching power lines.
  • Belton PD continues to receive and review applications for door-to-door solicitators.
  • No storm related fatalities have been reported.
  • Residents who need general assistance can call 211.
  • “As long as I’ve been involved, I don’t think I’ve heard anybody that works for the city complain one time,” Councilmember Dave Covington said. “I think that’s probably rare in municipal government.”
  • “I’m so appreciative of all of you,” Councilmember Craig Pearson said to staff at the Emergency Operations Center today.
  • “Thank you for all the hard work that’s been done and will continue to be done,” Mayor David K. Leigh said to staff at the Emergency Operations Center.
  • As of lunchtime today Belton crews had hauled off 560 cubic yards of brush since the storm hit, or the equivalent of nine school buses.
  • Brush collections are typically made into mulch, but this storm event would overwhelm that operation. The city is disposing of the brush from this storm event through burning, which will take place in the Shirttail Bend area. Residents should not be alarmed if large amounts of smoke are visible in this area of town.


UPDATE
Belton Issues Emergency Declaration
Thursday, May 23, 2024
2:04 p.m.

The City of Belton has officially issued a Disaster Declaration related to last night’s severe weather.

“The impact to Belton from last night’s storm has been significant. This Declaration recognizes the broad scope of damage to infrastructure as well as public and private property,” Mayor David K. Leigh said. “A Disaster Declaration opens the potential for state resources. Our crews have been working around the clock and our thoughts and prayers are with our citizens and our neighboring communities.”

Belton residents impacted by the storm should consider reporting interior and exterior property damage to the Texas Division of Emergency Management through its Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) Damage Survey. The site includes a list of Active Incidents, including “Spring Severe Weather and Flooding Event.” Select that event to take a survey to detail the nature and scope of damage caused by the storm.

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Storm Aftermath Update
Thursday, May 23, 2024
9:19 a.m.

The City of Belton has opened its Emergency Operations Center. There is still widespread power outages in Belton, including at municipal buildings. In some cases power lines are still across the road. If you see a wire across the road, assume it is live. If you see a barrier on a road stay clear of it.

Residents should restrict traveling today to only essential trips. Stop lights are out at muiltiple locations. Approach intersections with lights out as four way stops.

Public Works and Parks and Recreation crews spent the overnight hours removing trees from roadways. Brush trucks have been deployed this morning to the heaviest hit areas.

We are in contact with neighboring cities, Bell County, and Oncor. Please do not call 9-1-1 for power outages. Oncor knows about power outages in the area and is working as quickly as possible to restore power.

Where possible today conduct city business online as power is limited in multiple municipal buildings, and the following locations will remain closed today City Hall, Utility Billing, Harris Community Center, and Lena Armstrong Public Library.