Tuesday, January 31, 2023

City of Austin Suspending all Regular Non-essential Operations Effective 2:00 PM today, January 31, 2023 through Wednesday, February 1, 2023


The National Weather Service has advised that the current Winter Weather Warning is being extended into Thursday morning.  With the increasing probability of both freezing rain and sustained freezing or below-freezing temperatures through this evening and into Wednesday, the City of Austin will suspend all regular non-essential operations effective 2:00 PM today, January 31, 2023 through Wednesday, February 1, 2023. During this time, all essential public safety services will continue and essential employees will continue responding to the winter weather event.
 
The City has also elevated to Level 2: Limited Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activation and will  continue to closely monitor weather conditions and provide updates as appropriate.

For updates on emergency information and City operations visit www.austintexas.gov/alerts or call 3-1-1.
 
Austin Resource Recovery Trash, Recycling, Composting and Facilities Schedules
Due to winter weather conditions, some Tuesday and all Wednesday trash, recycling, composting, bulk and brush collections will be suspended until later in the week. Carts should be left at the curb so staff can collect material once road conditions improve. The Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center and public brush drop-off at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant will be closed on Wednesday, February 1. Customers can get updates about changes to their services by downloading the Austin Recycles app or by signing up for reminders at austintexas.gov/myschedule.

Courts
Austin Municipal Court and Downtown Austin Community Court services are closing at 2:00 PM today, Jan. 31 except for the Violet KeepSafe Storage (VKS) program.  The VKS program will remain operational throughout this time period as an essential service for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Parks and Recreation
For information about park closures, visit: http://AustinTexas.gov/ParkClosures
 
Austin Public Library
All Austin Public Library locations will be closed, except for a few locations used as warming centers.   Terrazas and Little Walnut Creek Library branches will be available as warming centers today (1/31) until 5:00 PM and Wednesday (2/1) from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  The Special Events Center at the Central Library is available as a warming center today only (1/31) until 6:00pm.
 
The City of Austin will continue to monitor conditions and will provide updates as they become available.

For information about Cold Weather Shelters, Warming Centers, and other impacted City operations visit: https://www.austintexas.gov/news/icy-winter-weather-mix-forecasted-austin-area.

For the most up-to-date information about City of Austin operations, monitor City social media on Twitter or Facebook (@austintexasgov).
 
Decisions about City of Austin delays and closures are made based on the best available information that officials have at the time. Weather forecasts, road conditions and other warnings are subject to change that can be sudden.
 
For information on school delays and other governmental offices, monitor those organization communication channels and local media.

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