Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center to remain open Wednesday as warming center in San Antonio

Residents in need of transportation assistance can contact 311

SAN ANTONIO – The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center will remain open Wednesday as a warming center for San Antonio residents, city officials said.

Anyone needing transportation help in getting to the convention center can call 311.

Elderly residents and families with children will be a priority, City Manager Erik Walsh said Tuesday.

The convention center will take up to 500 people although capacity may increase if needed, Walsh said. Several hundred cots and food will be available at the convention center, Walsh said. Residents are urged to take their own clothing and medicine and whatever other necessary items they may need.

Residents who decide to drive to the convention center are urged to be careful on the roads and free parking will be available nearby at the Hemisfair Garage, Walsh said.

During a news conference Tuesday, Mayor Ron Nirenberg said that an emergency City Council meeting will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. to get an update from CPS Energy and SAWS on the status of electricity and water.

Nirenberg said that he empathizes with residents who have been without power for an extended period of time. The mayor said he’s been without power since Monday.

Nirenberg also said he is asking for city buildings to reduce their lighting and asks that private firms do the same.

The mayor also said he is seeking an explanation from the The Electric Reliability Council of Texas about why it wasn’t prepared for this emergency.

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