Thousands of Austin residents were left without power for several hours over the weekend during a heat wave in mid-spring, the latest sign that the Texas capital is struggling with rapid population growth.
Temperatures dropped to 100 degrees in central Texas on Saturday and Sunday, causing Austin Energy to cut off power to about 3,600 customers due to rising demand.
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“These actions were not the result [Electric Reliability Council of Texas] mandate, but instead were necessary for the safe operation of the Austin Energy distribution system, “Austin Energy said in a statement to the EEAS, noting that the interruption was made to alleviate congestion cycles in the area.
“Austin Energy renewed service to affected customers in the early evening and all services were online again around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.”
The Texas capital has not experienced a shortage of growing pain as it faces a population boom that has led it to fourth fastest a growing subway area in America, according to the census bureau.
In February, the city issued a second notice of boiling water in a year after the Ullrich water treatment plant experienced “an internal purification process problem that resulted in high turbidity.”
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In March, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport sent out a fuel shortage warning and told incoming flights to land with more fuel than usual in case they didn’t have enough supplies to refuel.
“This has become a more regular occurrence as the airport is recording increased flight activity,” Sam Haynes, an ABIA spokesman, told Fox Business at the time.