Here are winter storm updates for Cedar Park and Leander residents as of the morning of Feb. 15.
Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell declared a state of disaster Feb. 14. The county’s emergency operations center has been activated. Travis County has also issued a declaration of disaster.
Rolling power outages will continue “as extreme winter weather forces generating units offline” across Texas, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
Residents are urged to not call 911 to report outages. Pedernales Electric Cooperative customers can call 888-883-3379 to report an outage. An outage map can be viewed here.
Here are how Pedernales customers in Community Impact Newspaper's Cedar Park-Leander edition zip codes are affected as of 5 p.m. Feb. 15:
- 78641: 17,255, or 45.6%, of customers affected
- 78613: 17,165, or 47%, of customers affected
- 78717: 4,520, or 68%, of customers affected
- 78726: 509, or 7.6%, of customers affected
“If an interruption occurs in your area, please take proactive steps for power restoration,” a PEC release stated. “All electrical appliances affected by the service disruption should be turned off, as well as circuit breakers to major appliances. Once power is restored members can avoid electrical overload by turning their appliances back on in 15-minute intervals."
According to the city of Leander, there is a natural gas service outage in the north Travisso subdivision. Atmos Energy’s restoration could take several days, according to the city. Residents may call 888-286-6700 with questions.
Driving is highly discouraged in Cedar Park and Leander, according to city police departments. Residents are urged to stay home.
At 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Cedar Park Police Department said city roads are impassible. On Feb. 15, the department said there are multiple intersection lights out. These should be treated as four-way stops. CPPD is also responding to many accidents and pushing cars out of ditches as of noon Feb. 15.
On the morning of Feb. 15, the Leander Police Department said though the snow has stopped, ice still covers roadways.
Central Texas toll roads are also closed until further notice including 183A Toll lanes from San Gabriel Parkway to RM 620. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority said 183A frontage roads will remain open.
“If drivers do need to be on the roadways, use caution and drive to conditions,” it said. “The Mobility Authority intends to reopen the facilities as soon as safe travel conditions return and will provide additional updates throughout the cold outbreak.”
Other closures include:
- RM 1431 from Trails End Road to Lago Vista (Travisso and Grand Mesa residents must detour using Goodnight Trail.)
- Leander ISD will hold all classes virtually Feb. 15-18. Read more here.
- The city of Leander will provide updates on its city Facebook page and police Facebook page.
- The city of Cedar Park is providing updates on its city Facebook page and police Facebook page.
- Offices for the cities of Cedar Park and Leander are closed Feb. 15. Travis County and Williamson County offices will remain closed Feb. 16.
- Clawson Disposal has suspended Leander trash pickup until further notice.
- Cedar Park trash and recycling pickup is suspended Feb. 15, and the remaining pickup days this week will slide by one day. The city will provide updates on its website. Residents should not move downed trees or limbs to the curb in order to keep roads and sidewalks clear, according to the city.