Local services, government offices affected by severe weather in Tarrant, Denton counties

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The governor issued a disaster declaration Feb. 12 to address the effects of the winter storm. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The governor issued a disaster declaration Feb. 12 to address the effects of the winter storm. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Feb. 17 update:

Tarrant and Denton counties announced that county offices will remain closed through Feb. 19.

Nonessential services in Keller remain closed Feb. 17, including Keller Town Hall and the Senior Activities Center, and the Feb. 18 Mayor’s Spotlight event has been rescheduled for March 18.

Roanoke city offices and the Roanoke Recreation Center remain closed Feb. 17. As of Feb. 16, city has closed the warming shelter at the recreation center due to the increased availability of electricity in the city.

Fort Worth announced that garbage and recycling collection is expected to resume Feb. 19. The city altered policies regarding the maximum amount of trash that will be collected; through Feb. 27, residents can place two additional trash bags next to their carts, and the lids of carts do not have to fully close.

Bulk waste collection for Bulk Week 3 will begin Feb. 19, and Bulk Week 4 collection will begin once Bulk Week 3 is complete. Yard waste will not be collected until Feb. 27.

Other Fort Worth facility and service closures can be found on the city website.

Trinity Metro has suspended all bus, rail and rideshare services through Feb. 17, and in-person customer care centers are closed, according to the transit agency’s website. Customers can call 817-944-9145 for general inquiries or 817-983-8908 for paratransit services.

As well, Dallas Area Rapid Transit has suspended all rail service through Feb. 18, and buses are operating on Saturday schedules throughout the week, according to the DART website. The Denton County Transportation Authority has also suspended most transportation services through the weekend, as of Feb. 17.

Original story:

Tarrant County announced online Feb. 15 that county government buildings will be closed Feb. 16 and the county Commissioners Court meeting will be canceled. Similarly, a Denton County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for Feb. 15 will now be held Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. Denton County also announced that all government facilities will be closed Feb. 16.

The decision came after Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration Feb. 12 in response to the severe winter weather impacting the entire state. The White House also declared a state of emergency in Texas on Feb. 14, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas instituted planned outages meant to rotate across different parts of the state’s electricity grid in response to high demand and low supply.

At the local level, cities across North Texas announced office closures and service suspensions.

The city of Keller suspended all nonessential city services Feb. 15, including garbage and recycling collection, through Feb. 16. Though Keller closed city offices and recreation facilities, the Keller Public Library opened Feb. 15 as a warming center for residents without power. The city announced online that the center would be open from 3 p.m. to midnight at 640 Johnson Road.

Roanoke announced online Feb. 15 that city offices will be closed through Feb. 16. The city said those who still wish to file as a write-in candidate for the upcoming May 1 municipal election should call 817-583-9834 to make arrangements. The city also suspended trash collection through Feb. 17, expecting to resume the service Feb. 18.

The city of Fort Worth rescheduled all Feb. 16 City Council meetings to Feb. 23, according to the city’s website, and city libraries will be closed through Feb. 17. Municipal court dockets scheduled for Feb. 15 were also canceled with plans to reschedule for the future.

The governor announced Feb. 15 that the state would deploy maximum resources to help local officials respond to the crisis, including personnel and equipment from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Military Department and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
By Kira Lovell
Kira Lovell is a reporter covering Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake and Keller-Roanoke-North Fort Worth. Before joining Community Impact, she majored in journalism at the University of Missouri and covered education and local arts for the Columbia Missourian and Vox Magazine.


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