Widespread Power Outages Leave Many Katy Residents in the Dark and Cold, Many Demand Answers


February 16, 2021

By Natalie Cook Clark

Many Katy residents are now on day two without power and utilities during an unprecedented winter storm. Cell phone towers are also freezing leading to disrupted service. The Merrell Center is operating as a warming center but residents must call ahead and meet certain criteria.

Downtown Katy covered in snow. Photo courtesy: Chris Harris

Over a Million Without Power

Last night, CenterPoint Energy reported that 1.4 million customers were without power - an alarming fact as temperatures dropped into the low teens.

The Merrell Center is open as of yesterday, but you have to call ahead to the Katy Police Department at 281-391-4848. Residents must meet certain criteria such as sick, elderly, children, etc.

Many residents took to Katy Magazine’s Facebook page to report outages ranging from 20-30+ hours.

“The temperature inside the house keeps dropping,” writes Hany Raouf. “Homes will not be habitable in the next few hours. Why isn’t the shutdown rotating?”

Statewide Power Shortage

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) declared a statewide power generation shortage emergency on Monday morning. CenterPoint Energy informed customers that they were required to comply with the directive and couldn’t address the current capacity shortage.

“Because Texas electricity consumption is far surpassing the state’s current power generation, local controlled outages will be longer than previously planned,” states CenterPoint Energy on their Facebook page.

Last night, they stressed that customers without power should be prepared to be spend the night without. This morning those homes are still in the dark.