Customers may lack power into Feb. 16, boil water notice and more Central Texas winter storm news

Winter weather impacted the Austin area overnight Feb. 14 and 15. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Winter weather impacted the Austin area overnight Feb. 14 and 15. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Winter weather impacted the Austin area overnight Feb. 14 and 15. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest news on the Texas winter storm here.

Central Texas

Austin officials say customers may remain without power through tonight and into tomorrow, urge residents to conserve energy

As nearly 200,000 Austin Energy customers are without power, local officials said at a press conference Feb. 15 that power may not be restored to some for another 24 hours as low temperatures persist through the Central Texas region.

H-E-B stores closed across Central Texas on Feb. 15

All H-E-B stores in the Central Texas area will be closed Feb. 15 due to the winter storm that continues to affect the Austin area.


Pflugerville issues boil-water notice, citing water treatment plant power outage

The city of Pflugerville issued a boil-water notice Feb. 15, citing "a prolonged power outage at the water treatment plant."

New Braunfels

Comal, Guadalupe counties declare local disasters as winter weather leads to rolling power outages

On Feb. 14, Comal and Guadalupe counties declared local disasters following Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide disaster declaration Feb. 12. The declarations will remain in effect for up to seven days.

Leander-Cedar Park

Power outages, road conditions: Winter storm updates in Cedar Park, Leander

Driving is highly discouraged in Cedar Park and Leander, according to city police departments. Residents are urged to stay home.

Williamson County

Williamson County EMS receives uptick in calls for fall-related injuries

Williamson County Emergency Medical Services received more than three times the amount of calls for fall-related injuries Feb. 14 than on Feb. 13 due to winter weather.

Hays County

Ascension Medical Group Seton clinics close due to inclement weather

All Ascension Medical Group Seton clinics will be closed Feb. 15-16 due to winter weather conditions, but telemedicine appointments will be available to patients, according to a Feb. 15 statement. The company's vaccine clinics will be closed through Feb. 17.

UPDATED: Hays County is under a state of disaster; this is what you should know

On Feb. 14, Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra declared a local state of disaster due to the unusual winter weather plaguing Central Texas, and also canceled Feb. 16's Commissioners Court meeting.

COVID-19 vaccine appointments pushed to end of week in Hays County amid severe winter weather

Locally, the freezing temperatures have also caused delays for those who had scheduled COVID-19 vaccines, according to Alex Villalobos, chief of staff for Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra.

Jack Flagler, Lauren Canterberry, Taylor Girtman, Warren Brown, Brian Rash, Kelsey Thompson and Nicholas Cicale contributed to this report.


The Austin Downtown Alliance shared its 2021 State of Downtown report and new recovery and resiliency plan April 21. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Downtown resiliency plan takes aim at Central Austin storefronts, public spaces, homelessness strategy

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As part of President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen schools safely nationwide, the department’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option is being expanded beyond the summertime. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

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Austin government, nonprofit and business leaders recently participated in a weeks-long summit centered on unsheltered homelessness in the city. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plan to house 3,000 homeless individuals in Austin in the next three years would cost $515 million

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Photo of Zilker Park
Travis County establishes Civilian Climate Corps to tackle environmental projects

The program will create opportunities for residents to work on projects including wildfire prevention, solar energy promotion and park cleanups.

Residents march to the Texas Capitol in protests after the killing of George Floyd in May 2020. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Austin leaders react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd in May 2020.

Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden-Howard speaks to reporters March 13 at the Delco Actiity Center in Northeast Austin. Residents can walk up to the Delco Center on April 22 and 23 and receive vaccines without an appointment. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Public Health will accept walk-up vaccinations at the Delco Activity Center starting April 22

APH will also leave its registration portal open throughout most of the week.

Early voting for Travis County's May 1 local elections opened April 19. In this file photo, voters line up ahead of the 2020 primary elections at Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than 8,000 Travis County voters cast ballots on first day of early voting

Early voting for the county's May 1 election began April 19 and will run through April 27.

The Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin is one of the locations where residents can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. (Jack Flalger/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin vaccine updates: Demand slows as state begins marketing push

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Blue Corn Harvest Leander is located at 11840 Hero Way W., Bldg. A, Leander. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Photo of two performers on an outdoor SXSW stage
South by Southwest sells ownership stake in company to Rolling Stone owner Penske Media Corp.

SXSW leadership called the sale a "lifeline" for the conference and festivals.

Photo of people receiving vaccines in a gym
Austin Public Health lengthens windows for vaccine appointment signups

Residents age 18 and up can now sign up for appointments with APH any time from Saturday to Tuesday morning.

Austin Anthem watch party
Crowds of fans converge on North Austin to watch inaugural Austin FC game

Breweries around Q2 Stadium in North Austin brought in large outdoor screens and new employees to host fans of Austin FC for the team's historic first match.