Severe Weather Updates

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We have created this webpage to contain the latest information on this winter weather event and its impact to Town Services. Additionally, we will push out updates via Blue Zone News, Blackboard Connect, the Town’s Twitter account (@HP_Texas), HPDPS Twitter account (@HPDPS_TX), and Water Smart notifications.

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February 4, 2022 Weather Updates

Republic Services has decided to postpone Saturday’s trash collection that was previous planned due to continued icy road conditions. The roads are still not safe enough for the trucks to travel highways and residential streets safely. The trash collection schedule is as follows: Last Thursday's collection will now be on Monday, and today’s collection will be on Tuesday. 

At this time, forecasts are favorable over the next few days. Town Hall is expected to open for business as normal on Monday. Please continue to monitor this page and the Town's Social Media for important updates. As the ice and snow begin to melt, please keep in mind that evening lows are below freezing and may cause hazardous surfaces. Roads and sidewalks may ice over in the evenings. Please be cautious when traveling or walking in the morning.


February 3, 2022 Weather Updates

Republic Services has made the decision to postpone trash collection on Friday, February 04, due to hazardous road conditions. Thursday’s collection is now scheduled for Saturday, February 05, and Friday’s collection will be on Monday, February 07, with the regularly scheduled Monday collection.

Town Office and the HP Library will once again be closed to encourage staff, visitors, and residents to stay safe and off of the hazardous roads. Staff are working remote, and able to conduct regular services. Parks, Public Works, and the HPDPS employees are all actively working through the weather to assist residents.

February 2, 2022 Weather updates

The National Weather Service has forcasted that the wintry weather conditions should arrive sooner that originally predicted, with freezing rain arriving Wednesday afternoon instead of in the evening. The accumulation of rain, sleet, and possible snow will make the roads very hazardous for travel overnight and into Thursday. Even if ice on roads melt late Thursday, they will refreeze overnight Thursday night.

bar graph image of the weather prediction of rain and snow

Please shut off your irrigation systems and unhook any water hoses to prevent frozen surfaces or pipes. If you have a leak in your home and are unsure how to shut the water off, watch this video: https://vimeo.com/561870119. If you still need assistance, please call the Utility Customer Service during normal business hours at 214-521-4121, or the HPDPS non-emergency line 24/7 at 214-521-5000. The Public Works, Parks, and HPDPS officers are all prepared to assist the Town and residents during the predicted inclement weather.

The National Weather Service - Fort Worth has the latest on local weather conditions. We encourage you to visit their website and Twitter Page for the most current updates before going outside.

For road conditions and updates, please visit TxDOT's Drive Texas map before making a decision to drive somewhere. The map is color coded to show the conditions of major roadways. If it all possible, please stay off the roads during the icy weather.

TOWN HALL AND LIBRARY SERVICES
In keeping the safety of staff, residents, and visitors to Town Hall in mind, Town Administration has decided to have non-essential staff work remotely on Thursday, February 03, and possibly Friday, February 04. Town Hall and the Library will be closed, but services and staff may be accessed remotely from your home. 

For remote library services, databases, and online catalog, please visit https://hptx.org/106/Library.

To access available online Town Services, please visit:

For the Staff Directory to contact a department by phone or email, please visit https://hptx.org/Directory.aspx.

Is there a broken tree limb or downed tree due to the ice located in the parks, streets, or parkways, please call the non-emergency line for its removal, at 214-521-5000. If there is a limb or tree on your property, please call your tree or landscaping service for assistance.

For those residents with fire sprinkler systems in their homes, please contact your system installer for weather related information and suggestions.

SANITATION INFORMATION
Should the weather prevent sanitation trucks from safely navigating streets and highways on Thursday, Republic Services will notify the Town of any changes. We will then communicate these updates to residents in this News Flash, with a Blue Zone News email, and on the Town's Twitter Page and HPDPS Twitter Page

UPDATE: Thursday's collection has been cancelled due to the weather. Republic will pick up Thursday's collection on Friday (weather permitting), and Friday's collection on Saturday. Should the Friday collection also be postponed, we will update residents as soon as we are informed.


ONCOR INFORMATION
Oncor has secured mutual assistance resources from across ten states to support power restoration efforts after the upcoming winter storm. Approximately 1,500 utility workers supporting the effort include personnel from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky and Missouri. 

If ice accumulates, it will pose the greatest possible impact to electric delivery service. These accumulations can weigh down tree limbs, causing them to significantly sag or break onto power lines, and create dangerous road conditions. Responding personnel are trained to safely and efficiently work in freezing temperatures and restoration efforts will take place in 16 hour shifts, 24 hours a day, so long as weather conditions allow. 

Oncor resources and personnel are being pre-positioned ahead of the severe weather arrival to ensure any necessary restoration work can begin as soon as safely possible. Mutual assistance personnel will also be pre-positioned where greatest impacts are expected upon their arrival. 

Oncor has a newly designed Outages and Weather web page to assist you with reporting/tracking power outages and reporting downed power lines. On this page, you can also download the new MYONCOR app. Customers can report outages and receive updates by registering for MyOncor text alerts by texting “REG” to 66267, downloading the MyOncor App, as well as following Oncor on Facebook and Twitter, or by calling 888.313.4747. If you see a downed power line, stay away, keep people away and call 911 immediately.