Power outages could last through the night as thousands without power in Northwest Austin

A cactus is covered in ice in North Austin on Feb. 11.
A cactus is covered in ice in North Austin on Feb. 11. Severe weather has led to icy conditions that has knocked out power in thousands of homes across Northwest Austin. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

A cactus is covered in ice in North Austin on Feb. 11. Severe weather has led to icy conditions that has knocked out power in thousands of homes across Northwest Austin. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Severe weather that hit the Austin area throughout Feb. 11 has caused a massive string of power outages across Northwest Austin.

Austin Energy, the city’s electric utility provider, posted on its social media pages that approximately 32,000 customers throughout its service area are without power.

According to Austin Energy’s Twitter feed, the freezing temperatures have caused some equipment to freeze. The utility provider’s crews will be working through the night to restore power to areas affected by the severe weather.

As of publishing time, Austin Energy’s outage map shows that more than 7,000 households across Northwest Austin are still being affected by blackouts.

In the neighborhoods surrounding the Northwest Hills area alone, more than 3,000 customers have lost power at some point, with outages beginning shortly before 3 p.m. The neighborhoods of Barrington Oaks, Sierra Vista, Great Hills, Anderson Mill and the area adjacent to The Domain in North Austin have all been hit by power outages that continue into the night.

As reported by Community Impact Newspaper, Austin Resource Recovery's curbside collection services were halted partway through Feb. 11 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 Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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