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Waco city crews adapt to severe weather conditions

Posted at 10:31 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 23:31:22-05

WACO, TX — Waco city services are feeling the effects of adapting to severe winter weather.

"We are kind of in a pre-emergency status. Right now it's been announced," said Jonathan Echols with Waco Water Utility Service.

Staff tells me as schools continue to close, crews are needing to stay home with their children, leaving them short staffed.

The department had a meeting Friday and decided to shutdown services Monday and Tuesday.

For safety reasons they decided to push Monday collection to Wednesday, and Tuesday to Saturday.

"When you're operating heavy machinery like this, we're used to doing it in hot weather, not freezing cold weather. We just want to make sure everyone stays safe and roads are clear, and the trucks have a hard time operating when it's 5 degrees outside," said Ashley Millerd

For Waco city services like the water department, they're doing their best to keep things flowing.

"It's always hard because of course it's very very cold, but we still have to get down and sometimes get in the water and fix leaks as they happen," said Echols.

Waco Water Utility Services says cold snaps can cause pipes to burst and power to go out. Thankfully Waco Water is geared up with generators and reserve water so families don't run dry.

"We're prepared. We have things on standby and crews ready to shift into action and platoon and go 12 hours on 12 hours off," Echols explained.

Don't forget you can get the latest updates on their curbside solid waste app.

Cobbs Recycling Center will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. The landfill will remain open.