Update – New Garbage Schedule and Power Outages

UPDATE ON GARBAGE PICK UP

Just in from Asst. City Manager Ryan Evans:

Residential street conditions are still such that it is not safe for sanitation trucks to maneuver.  The trucks are at risk for sliding into curbs and parked cars.  Because of this situation, the City will suspend collection until Friday at which point we plan to collect the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday collection areas.  We plan to be finished by Saturday, but if not we will continue into Sunday.  Normal collection and recycling will return to normal schedule next week.  If your constituents call your office let them know to keep their carts out.

UPDATE ON POWER OUTAGES

Just in from Oncor:

Oncor, the electric transmission and distribution company serving most of North Texas, is in the process of temporarily turning off power across its service territory to compensate for unexpected generation loss in the areas of the state served by the

Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Oncor, which does not own any generation, along with other transmission and distribution utilities across Texas are taking direction from ERCOT to manage the situation. By temporarily turning off power in a controlled manner, ERCOT is attempting to prevent uncontrolled outages from occurring across the state.

While the length of the outage for each individual customer can vary in length, Oncor is working very hard to ensure that no outage lasts longer than 30 minutes. If a customer’s outage lasts longer than 30 minutes, they should call 888.313.4747 because they may be experiencing an outage caused by weather or other reasons.

ERCOT, which manages the electricity grid across most of the state, made the demand for controlled outages across the state after some generating plants unexpectedly went off line shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday which, when coupled with the significant electricity demand from the severe cold weather, created an electricity shortage.

At this time, it is unclear how long the rolling outages will last. ERCOT is closely monitoring both supply and demand for the electricity in most of the state.

Weather Update – Rolling Power Outages

Just received this update from First Asst. City Manager Ryan Evans:

ROLLING POWER OUTAGES

Councilmembers, we continue to have more than 60 sanding trucks on our streets.  Love Field now has one runway open.  Oncor has initiated rolling brownouts around the State to conserve power.  Your neighborhoods most likely will be impacted.  Oncor states the outages should last from 15 to 45 minutes.  They do not know when this will be suspended.

GARBAGE PICK-UP

Council members, in response to hazardous traffic conditions caused by the winter storm, The City of Dallas Sanitation Services Department is modifying its garbage and recycling collection schedule for the remainder of this week. Dallas garbage customers will have their materials collected on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday garbage customers will have their garbage picked up on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Thursday garbage customers will have their garbage picked up on Thursday, Friday and Saturday if necessary
  • Friday garbage customers will have their garbage picked up on Friday and Saturday

Residents should place their garbage carts out for service on their normal collection day and leave them out until City crews collect the materials. No citations will be issued for carts left out past the normal collection day.

Operationally, the regular garbage collection drivers will work their regular shifts.  As it will not be possible to complete their routes within the shift, the recycling drivers will assume responsibility for the regular garbage routes after the first drivers complete their shift.

THIS MEANS REGULAR GARBAGE WILL BE PICKED UP ACCORDING TO THE SCHEDULE ABOVE.  RECYCLING WILL NOT BE PICKED UP THIS WEEK.  Recycling will return to normal schedule next week.

Brush collection will not be affected.

I will continue to update as I get more information.  (Sorry for not posting weather info yesterday; I was having website issues.  My site may be up and down over the next few days as we do some technical updates, but I’ll do my best to keep you posted on weather issues.)