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Brrr: cities, citizens coping with the cold

by | Feb 1, 2023 | Latest

Schools and government buildings were closed in Plano, Murphy,Wylie and other cities as North Texas was frozen by a winter storm that arrived Monday, Jan. 30.

Murphy announced it would not test outdoor warning sirens as regularly scheduled on the first Wednesday of the month. Trash collection was suspended but expected to resume Thursday, Feb. 2, with routes not completed Monday or Tuesday to be completed first. 

Murphy residents suffering power outages were advised to call the number on their electric bill: Farmer’s Electric Coop, 903-455-1715, or Oncor, 888-313-4747. For water line issues, customers were asked to call 972-468-4150 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the police non-emergency number, 972-468-4236, after normal business hours.

“Stay safe, warm, bring your pets inside, check on your neighbors,” the Murphy city website advised.

Plano and WISD’s announced that school closures would extend through Thursday, Feb. 2.

“Due to this week’s closures, students and staff will attend school on Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, May 30, the district’s designated “bad weather” days,” wylieisd.net reported. “We will communicate more information about these makeup days at a later date.”

Collin County facilities remained closed Wednesday and the county extended its property tax deadline to the first day county offices reopen.

The U.S. Postal Service said mail and package delivery for residences and businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth areas was continuing as normal Wednesday. “Letter carriers will make every effort to deliver their routes if it is safe to do so,” said USPS spokesperson Carol Hunt.

The Postal Service asked customers to please help letter carriers deliver mail safely by maintaining a clear path to mailboxes, Hunt said.

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