Water distribution, filling stations open: Feb. 19 winter storm updates in Cedar Park, Leander

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Here are winter storm updates for Cedar Park and Leander residents as of Feb. 19. (Courtesy Kelly Burton)

Here are winter storm updates for Cedar Park and Leander residents as of Feb. 19. (Courtesy Kelly Burton)

Note: This is an ongoing story and may be updated as information becomes available.

Here are winter storm updates for Cedar Park and Leander residents as of Feb. 19.

Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale issued a local disaster of declaration Feb. 18. This "effectively begins the process of facilitating Federal and State reimbursement for expenditures related to the severe weather event," according to the city.

Water distribution

The city of Cedar Park began water filling stations and water bottle distribution Feb. 19. As of 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19, the city has distributed all available cases of water bottles.

On Feb. 19-21, water containers can be filled at Cedar Park City Hall, located at 450 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Feb. 19 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21. Water is limited to 20 gallons per family. Face masks are required at both locations.

Road conditions

Drivers should continue to use caution on icy roads. Road conditions can be viewed on DriveTexas.org. Several Cedar Park- and Leander-area roads are affected, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

Northbound 183A Toll roads have reopened as of Friday afternoon. Drivers should drive slowly with caution and report any icy, slick patches, Cedar Park Police said.

Warming centers

Williamson County is operating several warming centers. 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. 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.

Water outages

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. The city is providing more information here.

Until further notice, the city is also under Stage 4 of its drought contingency plan. The city-operated Sandy Creek Water Treatment Plant has stabilized power, according to the city, but it could take five to seven days to refill elevated storage tanks and water mains. The city asks residents to conserve water to not prolong the process. The boil-water notice will be in effect several days after water is restored, according to the city.

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.

There is no boil-water notice for Cedar Park water customers as of Feb. 19. According to the city, 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.

Power outages

As of 9 a.m. Feb. 19, Pedernales Electric Cooperative is reporting 2,353 outages out of its 350,971 meters. There are no outages reported in Cedar Park or Leander, according to its outage map. The company is not issuing rolling outages at this time.

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.

Other updates

  • Clawson Disposal has suspended Leander trash pickup until Feb. 22.

  • Cedar Park will resume its regular trash and recycling pickup schedule Feb. 22.

  • Williamson County is hosting four oxygen condenser recharging stations, including one at the Leander Police Department, for anyone in need.

  • Leander ISD has canceled all classes this week. School is expected to resume Feb. 22. Giddens Elementary School students will learn virtually Feb. 22-26 due to on-campus water damage, according to an LISD announcement.

  • 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.

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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