Severe weather in Austin: Tens of thousands lose power, city services affected

Austin Resource Recovery has postponed regular curbside pickup operations due to wintry weather as of Feb. 11. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Resource Recovery has postponed regular curbside pickup operations due to wintry weather as of Feb. 11. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin Resource Recovery has postponed regular curbside pickup operations due to wintry weather as of Feb. 11. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

With Austin experiencing severe winter weather Feb. 11, some city services have been paused or altered.

Austin Energy has experience a higher-than-normal number of power outages and has updated its outage map to reflect ongoing reported service issues through the day. As of 4:30 p.m., there are 120 active outages throughout Austin Energy's service area and around 25,000 customers without power. Estimated response times were also removed due to the high number of outages.

"Please be patient as our crews work in these icy conditions to restore power," Austin Energy wrote in a tweet earlier in the afternoon.

Austin Resource Recovery's curbside collection services were also halted partway through the day due to inclement weather and continue to be paused. Those services include street sweeping, bulk item pickup, recycling, trash, composting, yard trimmings, large brush and dead animal collections. According to a news release from ARR, residents who are typically scheduled for Thursday curb collections should leave their bins and uncollected items and the curb until ARR can accommodate them. No fees will be charged for doing so.

Residents scheduled for Friday, Monday and Tuesday collection days should set their bins and items at the curb as usual but should expect possible delays in service in the case of continuing inclement weather, the release said.
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. A graduate of Presbyterian College in upstate South Carolina, Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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