Feb 25: Top local headlines in the Crossroads

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VICTORIA, Texas – Last week, Texas experienced a deprivation of resources, such as power loss, a water boil notice, and local water getting shut off. Governor Greg Abbot has given permission for bars and restaurants to reopen, they can also serve up to seventy-five percent capacity.

Victoria’s County Water Leaks and Breaks

Overall, Victoria’s water system serves more than 66,000 people. The county is divided in 2 planes, covering the north and south parts of the city. Unfortunately, the main leaks affected the southside of Victoria. According to Jesus Garza, City Manager, there were 5 breaks and 16 leaks. When looking at the numbers closely, usually in a week – they only received 15 requests to have the water shut off, but around this time 800 customers had their water shut off. The city is still planning to present a formal review of these events and procedures, in order to make improvements. Hopefully, ensuring that this doesn’t happen again. The city also agreed to waive all repairing fees for the waterlines caused by the winter storm.

How to Apply for Disaster Assistance

Last week’s cold winter storm hit the entire state really hard. Luckily, businesses, homeowners, and residents can apply for federal assistance to help pay for recoveries, living expenses, and home repairs. If you want to apply, you can call 1-800-621-3362 or go online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

Here’s a list of eligible local counties:

  • Victoria
  • Calhoun
  • Dewitt
  • Lavaca
  • Matagorda
  • Wharton

TABC Approves Bars Reopening

TABC has recently approved Victoria to re-open bars. Looking back, these bars were ordered to close last year, in March, June, and December 31st. When COVID cases increased across Texas, Governor Greg Abbot implemented this executive order and restaurants were also forced to reduce their capacity to 50 percent. Looking at October 2020, Abbot’s executive order only allowed bars and restaurants to re-open if they had less than 15 percent of COVID-19 patients check into their trauma service area. Since, Victoria’s COVID-19 hospital capacity average has lowered to 9.77 percent. Now, businesses are allowed to operate at 75 percent.

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