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Groesbeck cleans up icy mess following winter storm

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Posted at 6:40 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 22:43:31-05

GROESBECK, TX — More ice has covered Central Texas as the weekend gets started. This time in Groesbeck, which woke up Friday to a cold, hard mess.

"So lights went out around seven o'clock last night and it blew," said Katie Hahn.

The electricity "blew" when icy tree limbs took town power lines and transformers.

So the Hahn family went into survival mode to get through the ice storm with no power.

”Started putting blankets over on the walls and in the windows to try to keep our house insulated,” she said.

Then, they found their best heat source.

”We still had gas so we put this stove on to keep the house a little bit warmer," said Hahn.

From there, they all hunkered down in one room to warm each other up.

”Close off all the cold rooms. So we just snuggled up in this bedroom and tried to stay warm,” she said.

They made it through the night while other trees on other streets came crashing down, taking more power lines with them.

The city weathered the ice storm well, according to the police chief and city manager, with no serious damage or injuries. The next step? Cleaning up the mess.

”Right now public works, they're clearing the streets, and obviously the downed trees are homeowners' responsibility, but we're providing a site for them to have their down trees and limbs brought over. And once that is all collected, the City will dispose of it,” said Chris Henson, who runs the city government's day-to-day operations.

The Hahn family's lights came on about 11 a.m. Friday. They've already started their preparations for the next winter blast.

”Get a generator for one, My sister has one because their power goes off and on, but definitely get one of those,” she said.

Something to keep a few more comforts of home going when the weather gets bad.