Warming centers, utility outages: Feb. 17 winter storm updates in Cedar Park, Leander

Here are winter storm updates for Cedar Park and Leander residents as of Feb. 16. (Courtesy Kelly Burton)

Here are winter storm updates for Cedar Park and Leander residents as of Feb. 16. (Courtesy Kelly Burton)

Note: This is an ongoing story and may be updated.

Related to the winter storm, here are updates for Cedar Park and Leander residents as of 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17.

Warming centers

Williamson County opened several warming centers Feb. 16. Centers are not set up for extended or overnight stays. The centers are designed for temporary warming and power recharges but are also at risk of power loss or other service interruptions.

Hill Country Bible Church, located at 3300 Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park, is open as a warming center. Pets are welcome in crates. The Leander High School warming center has closed due to Leander water outages.

People are asked to bring their own food, water, blankets, outerwear and chargers to warming centers. For questions about Williamson County shelters, call 512-943-1700. Several churches also opened as warming centers in the Austin area through the Austin Disaster Relief Network.

Power outages

Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s outage map is offline. As of 2 p.m. Feb. 17, there is no estimate for when the outage map will be fixed. Residents are urged to not call 911 to report outages. PEC customers can call 888-883-3379 to report an outage if the outage has lasted over three hours and they have tried their breakers.

The company told Community Impact Newspaper that urban areas and rural areas are treated equally since there is infrastructure in remote areas.

A boil-water notice was issued for all Leander customers Feb. 16. The city said some customers may have reduced or lost water service. The city expects customers could be without water for two days or more of 9 a.m. Feb. 17. Read more here.

Leander has also reported a natural gas service outage in the north Travisso subdivision. The outage is expected through at least Feb. 19, per the city. Residents may call Atmos Energy at 888-286-6700 with questions.

According to Cedar Park, there are no issues with the city's public water distribution system, and the city has no plans to shut off water. The city said it would notify customers of any changes.

"We are encouraging residents not to use an unnecessary amount of water at this time as that puts additional strain on the system — so use what you need and no more," the city said on its website.

Road conditions

Roads remain unsafe for drivers following freezing rain and sleet, which create frozen roads. Police departments are urging drivers to stay home. The Cedar Park Police Department has reported thick ice on the roads.

Central Texas toll roads remain closed until further notice, including 183A Toll lanes from San Gabriel Parkway to RM 620.

Other updates

  • Cedar Park police continue to have issues with phone lines. Calls to 911 are rerouted to Williamson County when lines are down, according to police. For nonemergency calls to Cedar Park dispatchers, call 512-864-8282 option 1, option 1.

  • Williamson County is hosting several oxygen condenser recharging stations for anyone in need.

  • Leander ISD has canceled all classes Feb. 16 and 17. Classes will resume virtually Feb. 18 and 19, as of the evening of Feb. 15.

  • 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 city of Cedar Park, city of Leander, Travis County and Williamson County offices will remain closed Feb. 17.

  • In Cedar Park, City Hall, the recreation center, Milburn Pool, the library and the municipal court are closed.

  • Clawson Disposal has suspended Leander trash pickup until further notice.

  • Cedar Park trash and recycling pickup is suspended. 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.

By Taylor Girtman
After interning with Community Impact Newspaper in 2019, Taylor Girtman became a reporter for the Cedar Park and Leander edition in February 2020.


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