Update, 12:30 p.m.
The City of Dickinson and Dickinson Independent School District set up a warming center at the Barber Middle School gym, 5651 FM 517 Road E, Mayor Sean Skipworth said. Local residents also will be able to charge their personal and medical devices, he added.
Residents that need shelter can show up at the north parking lot of Barber or call the police if they need assistance going to the center, Skipworth said. The city is not offering food or water or accepting pets at this time, he added.
Update, Wednesday, 11:27 a.m.
Galveston Mayor Craig Brown is hopeful water will be restored to customers by the end of the day Wednesday, he said.
The city is filling up its East End tank, which supplies the University of Texas Medical Branch and its West End tanks now, he said. When those tanks are filled to 75 percent, the city will pressurize the water for use and then start filling tanks for the middle of the island, Brown said.
Even when water is restored, residents should not drink it unless they boil it, he said.
Brown wasn’t sure when power would be restored, he said. CenterPoint Energy is working on rolling blackouts that will give residents at least some time with power, he said.
Brown warned of power issues through the week, he said.
“We’ll probably have rolling blackouts through the weekend and possibly beyond,” Brown said.
The city issued a boil-water advisory late Tuesday night.
League City and Friendswood also have issued boil-water notices.
Update, Wednesday, 10:17 a.m.
It’s not just Galveston urging its residents to save and boil water. Multiple other cities in the county have put out advisories on water issues because of shortages caused by broken lines and low supply.
The following cities or municipal utilities have issued water conservation orders or otherwise asked people to conserve water
– Galveston County Water Control and Improvement District #1 in Dickinson
– Bacliff Municipal Utility District
– Bayview Municipal Utility District
– San Leon Municipal Utility District
– League City
– Texas City
The following cities have issued conservation and boil-water advisories:
– La Marque
– Bolivar Peninsula Special Utility District
Update, Wednesday, 8 a.m.
The water crisis in Galveston has caused the county’s largest hospital to shift to emergency operations.
The University of Texas Medical Branch on Wednesday morning ordered employees who weren’t critical to inpatient care at its Galveston campus to stay home from work because of the limited supplies of water.
Buildings that aren’t related to patient care are closed, including ambulatory clinics and in-person urgent care sites in Galveston.
The medical branch’s hospitals and emergency rooms are open, but elective surgeries and procedures have been postponed on all campuses.
No visitors will be allowed at the Galveston campus, the medical branch said. The only exceptions are visitors to end-of-life patients and people…