Denton Municipal Electric, City Departments Proactively Preparing for this Week’s Forecast
DENTON, TX, Feb. 1, 2022 – With freezing rain and other winter weather expected to impact the Denton area Wednesday night into Thursday morning, the City is readying crews to manage the impacts of this week’s forecasted storm.
Typically during winter storms, ice accumulation on tree limbs and power lines could result in downed power lines. Denton Municipal Electric (DME) has proactively staged crews to make repairs as quickly as possible in the event of isolated power outages resulting from system damage. DME customers that rely on continuous electric power, such as for medical devices, should be prepared to make alternative arrangements in the event that they lose power over the next several days. DME customers that experience a power outage or observe a downed power line should call (940) 349-7000 or use Engage Denton to report. Denton residents served by CoServ Electric or Oncor should reach out to their provider directly.
Severe cold weather Thursday through Saturday could stress the ERCOT grid’s ability to meet peak demands, but at this time, ERCOT has not issued any conservation advisories nor do they anticipate the need for rotating outages. DME is in regular communication with ERCOT regarding the forecasted weather’s impact on the electric grid.
In addition to DME’s efforts, other City of Denton departments are preparing ahead of the weather. Vehicles and personnel are being staged to apply sand to streets according to the City’s sanding plan. Staff will focus treatment efforts on intersections, hills, and low spots located on major thoroughfares throughout the city. Staff has 1,000 tons of sand available to treat the previously mentioned roadways – double the amount available for Winter Storm Uri in 2021.
Water Production and Reclamation staff continue to take precautions as well. This includes readying equipment, insulating faucets, and draining water lines. Staff are also preparing municipal buildings for the weather and will continually monitor conditions throughout the week.
The City also encourages residents and businesses to prepare their own buildings and homes. This includes monitoring the forecast, insulating outdoor faucets, turning off sprinkler systems, having a stocked emergency kit available with flashlights in the event of a loss of electricity, and leaving indoor cabinets below faucets open to allow warmer air from inside the building to maintain the temperature of the pipes.
The community is encouraged to stay up to date on the forecasted winter storm by signing up for emergency notifications, following the City’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts, and visiting www.cityofdenton.com/winterweather.