MIDLAND, Texas (ABC Big 2 / FOX 24) – A lot of people in Midland are dealing with water and power issues. The city held a press conference Wednesday to address the public’s concerns.
Bernie Rambo said he’s has been without power for the last 61 hours, he chose to stay in his home during the freeze.
” Luckily we had wood and a fireplace and we slept in the front room by the fireplace and just you know that it would come back on,” Rambo said.
Rambo is not the only one. As of Wednesday night, there are more than 4,000 people without power in Midland, according to ONCOR. Midland Mayor Patrick Payton said he hopes people will conserve their power.
“When they do get their power restored, it’s probably not a good idea to see if they can catch up with everything,” Payton said. “In other words, it’s not a good idea to see how many loads of laundry you can get done, it’s not a good idea to see how many dishes you can get done in the dishwasher, as uncomfortable as it is just stick with the bare minimum.”
There are also concerns about water supply across Midland.
“We have six active water mains that are broken which is getting us some low water pressure on that side of town,” said Carl Craigo, Utilities Director for the City of Midland.
While the city said it does have enough water, it is asking for people to conserve it.
As for Rambo, he’s got his power turned back on for now, and he hopes the same with happen for others.
“I just hope that everyone gets their electric on and is doing alright.”