Officials with Oklahoma City provide update to rolling blackouts, another winter storm, and core services

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — City leaders with Oklahoma City will provide an update to the city services during this dangerous and record-breaking winter storm event.

The live stream for Tuesday 2.16.21 will be at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt began the meeting by encouraging residents to stay strong, saying we’re only at the halfway point of this winter weather.

The city is currently employing all 25 of its snow plows 24 hours a day to keep snow routes and main streets clear before the next round of snow.

Will Rogers World Airport is currently operational as crews work to keep the runways and planes clear of snow. Flights have been departing and arriving since early this morning, but they expect the next round of precipitation to cause delays and cancellations throughout the evening and tomorrow morning.

If you have a flight scheduled within the next few days, you are encouraged to ‘double and triple check’ with your airline to make sure your flight is still planned.

Both the fire and police departments are warning Oklahomans against treading on frozen bodies of water.

Fire officials went on to say that 4 of their responses in the last few days have been to fires started by space heaters under homes. Chief Benny Fulkerson wants to remind residents to never leave space heaters unattended.

Officials with the city’s 911 call center ask that residents keep the lines open for emergencies only. If you are a patient with medicines or equipment and are concerned about power outages, call your doctor for advice on maintaining your supplies through a blackout.

Both OG&E and ONG say the energy situation remains fluid. Residents are encouraged to keep conserving their resources as interruptions of service remain a possibility.

City water supplies are back to full operation Tuesday, but Oklahomans are encouraged to conserve that resource as well. Officials say holding off on laundry, dishes, and other heavy use tasks will go a long way in maintaining the city’s supply.

The city’s streetcar service has been temporarily suspended due to the continued energy and weather concerns. However, a transport is going to each stop to pick up residents in need of a ride. The bus system is operational, but hours are reduced around the metro.

EMBARK OKC bus service will be equivalent to weekend service, which is one-hour frequency on most routes, operating from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

EMBARK Norman bus service will be equivalent to Saturday service, which is one-hour frequency on most routes, operating from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

EMBARK Plus ADA Transportation will maintain normal service.

The Willard will remain open for houseless individuals throughout the week. 243 people were housed Monday night. The city is working with the Salvation Army to increase their capacity for these services.

City officials will meet again Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. to update the winter weather response.

The above video was the situation update from Monday 2.15.21

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