Hays County offices and parks remain closed through Friday, Feb. 19, due to continued inclement weather combined with continued power and water outages across the region.
Hazardous road conditions persist and travel is dangerous. A Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 6 p.m. Thursday. According to the National Weather Service, a final round of wintry precipitation is forecast tonight through Thursday.
Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra said, “Many in our region are suffering from prolonged power and water outages. With feedback from our emergency management and operations teams, I think it is prudent to close our facilities and parks for the remainder of the week.”
Please see updated weather-related info below:
- Hays County offices, parks and recycling centers will be closed Thursday and Friday, Feb. 18 and 19.
- County officials continue to urge residents to stay home and off the roadways.
- Be prepared for additional power outages, including flashlights, batteries, extra blankets and layers of clothing. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is urging Texans to conserve power during the extreme weather.
- Those without electricity can check with one of the cold weather shelters to see if they have room to be used as a warming station. Please call ahead in case they are at capacity and cannot accept anyone else into the facility. Also try the Austin Disaster Relief Network hotline for additional resources: 512-806-0800. Know/see someone experiencing homelessness during this time? See the full list of cold weather shelters.
- Curative COVID-19 testing sites have closed operations through Friday; if conditions allow, they will open on Saturday, Feb. 20.
- For anyone with a scheduled COVID-19 second-dose Pfizer vaccine this week, they will be rescheduled to next week. You will receive an email or phone call from the County with the new information. We will also post information as it becomes available.
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