Sunday at around 8 p.m. a transformer located on the southeast side of I-35 in the Lakepointe Crossings parking lot blew a fuse resulting in a large power outage. The power outage affects all businesses and residential areas from Lakepointe Crossings to Corporate Dr. and Lakepointe Dr. Lewisville Fire Department is on the scene and waiting for the power company. The south side of Vista Ridge Mall is also affected. including the Cinemark 15 theater. A representative from the Fire Department stated there is no estimation of time for recovery. Stay tuned for more updates.
UPDATE: Texas New Mexico Power has all residential and business areas up and running by around 8:56 p.m., with the exception of Olive Garden at Lakepointe Crossings. No estimation of when the restaurant will have electricity.
Early this month and much to the excitement of many Lewisville residents, Mattito’s Tex-Mex Cocina opened their fifth restaurant at a location off Stemmons Freeway in Lewisville, formerly occupied by Fox & Hound Sports Tavern. Mattito’s originated in 1991 when well-known restaurateur Frank Henkel opened the first restaurant in Oak Lawn. The question on everyone’s mind is, “Does the new location live up to the namesake’s legacy?”
Two key elements separate Mattito’s from its competition: the adventurous take on traditional Tex-Mex dishes and the use postmodern interior design. With light flooring, bright primary colors, and postmodern architecture, Mattito’s Lewisville restaurant provides a fresh ambience to the dining experience. Included in the design is a large garage door which makes it possible for the bar area to flow into an open-air patio.
Vote Centers, modeled after the countywide polling sites used during early voting, have been implemented by at least 33 Texas counties since the state Legislature authorized a pilot program in 2005.
Pioneered in Colorado in 2003, Vote Centers have been found to save money and boost turnout across party lines, including among infrequent voters, according .to Rice University political scientist Bob Stein, who has studied non-precinct polling places. He was unable to find a Republican versus Democratic advantage in terms of the turnout effect.
Potential drawbacks include reduced polling sites, the possibility of confusing voters used to voting at a particular location and the costs associated with adopting a new system. However, at no additional cost the registration card, mailed each voter, could include the change information. In addition, there would be media coverage.
Counties adopting vote centers for the first time are required retain 65 percent of precinct polling places they otherwise would have used for that election. In subsequent elections, they must keep half the precinct polling sites.
Lewisville Lake has continued to rise overnight, continuing its nearly linear climb from the rain event starting Thursday. Prior to the storms, the lake level had been at 522.46 feet according to US Geological Survey. As of 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning, the level had risen nearly six feet to 528.21 feet, and the rate of climb had begun to slow.
Lewisville Lake is designed so that water held below the 522 foot conservation pool level is reserved for municipal use (drinking, cooking, bathing) and recreation. The next ten feet are considered flood pool, meaning that this capacity is reserved to capture incoming rainfall and stream flow from events like this, and prevent flooding downstream. This has worked well, and prevented billions in damage.
As of Sunday morning, the flood pool was 57% full. It is a safe bet that as soon as the rains are over, and downstream flooding situations have resolved, the US Army Corps of Engineers will begin to release more water from the lake. A wetter than normal winter is expected, so they will have to free up that capacity quickly.
The last time the lake was this high was August 2. It took until September 8 for the level to drop down to 522.08, when it rained again and caused the level to rise again. But that was during the height of the Texas "super-summer", when evaporation rates were helped by the temperature, and municipal water usage was high. Our current climb has not yet peaked, and we are headed into a wet season.
Expect the dam's flood gates to be open throughout the winter, and for the Elm Fork of the Trinity to run high. It is likely that large areas of Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) will be flooded for some time until the lake is back down closer to conservation pool level. Paddling opportunities for kayakers and canoeists will also be curtailed for a month or more.
Officer bought car seat for toddler when family had no other options
Last Saturday, Lewisville resident Nicole Dean ran a red light on Main Street. Lewisville police officer Jeremy Reyna saw it happen, and pulled her over. “Great, that’s a ticket,” thought Dean, who said she’d never had a citation before. As Officer Reyna, a 16-year veteran of the department who works in the traffic division, asked for Dean’s driver’s license, her fiance was hoping for a break, and Dean was stressing out. The young couple were financially strapped, and a traffic citation wouldn’t help.
As Reyna looked in the car, he noticed Dean’s 9-month-old son Kyler strapped into a car seat. But it didn’t look right to Reyna. Having attended car seat technician school, Reyna could see that the seat did not fit the toddler correctly. Dean didn’t know what to think when Reyna told her and her fiance to get out of the car. She told reporters she thought she was about to get a sobriety test. Reyna, who has his own 16-month-old daughter at home, wanted to show the couple how to adjust and attach the car seat correctly for Kyler’s safety. He told them he would let them off with a warning on the red light, but that they needed to get the car seat fixed for the child’s safety.
It didn’t take long for Reyna to figure out that the car seat could not be adjusted to fit the child correctly. “It was in deplorable condition,” Reyna told reporters Wednesday. He pointed out problems with the padding and straps, and asked Dean if she could get a new seat or have a relative come pick up the child. Dean explained to the officer that she had bought the seat used, and was hoping it would last until Christmas when she thought her mother would buy them a better one.
Focused on solving the problem, Officer Reyna told Dean to stay put with Kyler and he and Dean’s fiance Adam would be right back. Reyna drove his patrol car to nearby Walmart, where he purchased the a new car seat for approximately $50 out of his own pocket for Kyler. Reyna sent them on their way with a warning, and a safe child seat for Kyler to ride in.