This follows Hays County’s disaster declaration from Feb. 3 as it faces more than $1 million in damages caused by the storm. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the county that began Jan. 30 and ended at 10 a.m. Feb. 2.
According to the city, the ice storm has caused threats to life, health and property. Infrastructure, including roadways, walkways, wastewater and water infrastructure, electricity and internet, has been damaged.
Issuing a disaster declaration means the city is seeking additional support in responding to the storm, including assistance in clearing and funding for cleanup as resources become overwhelmed.
On Feb. 2, Dripping Springs Ranch Park opened as a drop-off location for residents to dispose of trees and limbs but is now closed after reaching capacity Feb. 6.
Dripping Springs public works staff has prioritized cleanup after the storm due to the debris of fallen tree limbs and brush. City crews are working to cut and remove tree limbs from roads and trails and are working to clear parks to reopen. Ranch Park and Veterans Memorial Park are still closed due to damages, but Founders Memorial Park, Charro Ranch Park and Sports & Recreation Park have reopened.
The state of disaster lasts for seven days after the proclamation unless extended. City Council will consider an extension and further discuss the declaration during a City Council and board of adjustment meeting Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. at Dripping Springs City Hall.
Updates from the city can be found at www.cityofdrippingsprings.com.