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Recordwinter stormtests resolveofWest TravisCounty Community pulls together as basic services shut down challenges of west Travis County. BY AMY RAE DADAMO & GREG PERLISKI

By 8:30 a.m. Feb. 15, the weather service reported more than 7 inches of snow had fallen over Lakeway, and regional electric utilities, such as the Pedernales Electric Cooperative, were announcing service interruptions amid record demand for power. Lakeway ocials were beginning to coordinate eorts with neighboring Bee Cave. Over the course of the week, these city leaders would meet twice a day with area emergency response

When two storm systems combined with arctic air over Texas from Feb. 10-18, it created a historical and unprec- edented period of time in which Travis County saw repeated rounds of ice and snow, according to the National Weather Service. The cascading effects of the weather on western Travis County, with basic electric and water service failing and icy Hill Country roads preventing safe travel on area roadways, tasked local government oficials to pull together mul- tiple arms of state and local government. In doing so, local leaders say they grappled with the unique

Lakeway lies beneath inches of snowand ice Feb. 15. (Courtesy Sky Pictures)

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Businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or expanding

can travel to individual job sites to aid businesses working to safely reopen. POCHS oers testing for COVID-19, the u, strep throat and other contagious illnesses with results available within 15 to 30 minutes. The service is available to businesses in Lakeway, Bee Cave, West Lake Hills and Rollingwood. www.pochealthservices.com COMING SOON 8 Snappy Clean Car Wash is set to open in April at 1815 N. RM 620, Austin. The automatic car wash has a variety of options for customers and will feature touchless and soft-touch car-washing 9 Real estate agency RE/MAX Austin Skyline and Motto Mortage , a mortgage loan originator business, will move into a joint oce space in April at 1001 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Bldg. M, Ste. 201, Austin. Austin RE/MAX Skyline will be relocating from their current space on Westbank Drive. The oce space does not have a phone number at this time. www.austinskylinerealestate.com ANNIVERSARIES 11 Corrin Gani, CPA, PLLC will celebrate its 10th anniversary March 22. The CPA rm provides accounting, tax and book- keeping services at 205 S. Commons Ford Road, Ste. 4, Austin. 512-263-7557. www.corringanicpa.com systems. 512-982-6870. www.snappyclean.com The Austin-based marketing agency Woody Creative celebrated its 10-year anniversary in December. The company is focused on building websites, email marketing, SEO, special events, audio and video projects, and more. Woody Creative is a remote company. 512-222-7057. www.woodycreative.com IN THE NEWS 12 A new development, The Addie at Westlake, broke ground Jan. 27 at 800 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., West Lake Hills. The development is under construction by Legacy Communities and will feature 12 townhomes and 34 single-family homes with a modern European style, according to Ashley Rust, director of marketing. Leg- acy Communities expects the rst homes to be completed in early 2022. 512-710-4560. www.addiewestlake.com 13 P. Terry’s Burger Stand reopened for indoor dining Feb. 8 at 19 Central Texas locations including the one at 3311 S. RM 620, Lakeway. Amid loosened COVID-19 restrictions, customers were welcomed back at 50% capacity, according to a P. Terry’s news release. P. Terry’s is a Texas- based, family-owned brand known for its all-natural burgers and ingredients. 512-263-9433. www.pterrys.com CLOSINGS 14 After 13 years in business, The Hills Salon and Spa closed at 6317 RM 2244, Austin. According to the compa- ny’s website, the closure was due to the

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mexicolindoanddelicous 7 Sydnee Pet Grooming Austin opened in the fall in the Lohman’s Crossing shopping center at 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Unit 192, Lakeway. The company oers a natural approach to pet grooming and styling, as well as services including teeth brushing, de-matting and more. 737-300-1001. www.sydneepetgrooming.com Husband-and-wife duo Franco and Hillary Coniglione began a new business venture Jan. 5 in the West Austin area. Bluebonnet Picnic Co. creates luxury, pop-up picnic experiences for events such as Valentine’s Day, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, engagements and more. The company oers six picnic packages for guests that can include wine, live music candles and charcuterie boards. Bluebonnet Picnic Co. serves the Lakeway, Spicewood, Bee Cave, Westlake, Dripping Springs and West

NOWOPEN 1 Beaux Med Spa opened Feb. 8 at 6317 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 260, West Lake Hills. The spa, which oers Botox, llers, peels and more, and is owned by Kristin Gunn and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Andrew 2 Bu City Soap , a shop selling hand- made soaps and skin care products and scrubs opened March 4 at 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., West Lake Hills. 512-814-0004. www.bucitysoap.com 3 An upscale, Boston-inspired Italian restaurant began serving customers Jan. 30 in Bee Cave. Ellera opened at 12432 Bee Caves Road, Bee Cave to serve pasta and seafood dishes, cocktails, and a range of Italian wines and craft beers. The Garden at Ellera—Ellera’s sister restaurant—opened next door in October as a Boston-style beer garden. 512-401-8113. www.ellerarestaurant.com Trussler. 512-426-5438. www.beauxmedspa.com

“the brothers” in Italian, opened a new location Feb. 19 in West Lake Hills at 3736 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 3, West Lake Hills. It was founded in Irving, Texas, in 1989 and has since grown to more than 11 locations. The franchise location is owned and oper- ated by independent owners Lee Ann and Michael Haran. 512-329-6036. www.ifratellipizza.com 5 Lake Travis Zipline Adventures opened on Mar. 1 for the spring, summer and fall season with COVID-19 precautions in place. The company oers 3-hour guided adventures including Hill Country hikes and zipline tours over Lake Travis at 14529 Pocahontas Trail, Volente. Social distanc- ing, temperature checks and other precau- tions will be implemented. 512-614-1996. www.ziplacktravis.com 6 Four Points Outdoor Eatery welcomed a new food trailer, Mexico Lindo and Deli- cious, to its site in January at 6901 N. RM 620, Austin. The eatery serves authentic Mexican food including tortas, quesadillas, burritos and more. The eatery has an addi- tional location on South Congress Avenue in Austin. 512-839-1435. www.facebook.com/

Austin areas. 508-340-3356. www.bluebonnetpicnic.com

A new mobile COVID-19 testing facility began serving businesses in Lake Travis- Westlake region in January. Point of Care Health Services ’ mobile testing units

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COVID-19 pandemic. The business of- fered hair, facials and other spa services. 512-330-0974. www.thehillssalonandspa.com 15 Pilates Bodies & Barre is no longer in business at its location at 1001 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin. The studio hosted group and private tness classes. 512-574-9472. www.pilatesbodiesaustin.com 16 Verona Ristorante Italiano per- manently closed at 900 S. RM 620, Lakeway, following a temporary closure that began in the summer in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The restaurant rst opened in 2016.

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location Jan. 28 in the cell phone lot of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Situated at 2901 Spirit of Texas Drive, Austin, the restaurant can seat 72 cus- tomers, has a 24/7 drive-thru and oers delivery options. According to a release from Whataburger, the location is “specically designed to greet travelers coming and going.” 737-228-1311. www.whataburger.com

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES Report on Great Divide crossing brings early options on bridging Little Barton Creek

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A long-awaited engineering report concerning the low-water crossing on Great Divide Drive was delivered to Bee Cave City Council members Jan. 26. Early reviews were positive due to the thoroughness of the report and the rst-round recommendations brought forward. Saxon Loomis Consulting Group took an exten- sive look at rainfall and drainage in the watershed of Little Barton Creek and came back with a set of options for improving the safety of the crossing that were signicantly less imposing than what was brought forward by Travis County four years ago. In 2017, Travis County presented a $4.2 million bridge design that council members said would have funded a 500-foot bridge. This proposal greatly concerned nearby residents living in The Homestead neighborhood. By contrast, Saxon Loomis came forward with a set of initial options and cost estimates that ranged from about $1.5 million-$2.7 million. In no case did the report recommend a bridge longer than 300 feet. Bee Cave Council Member AndreaWillott said the report was well worth the wait given the extensive analysis of Central Texas weather on the

watershed and the potential for water to overow the current low-water crossing. “I am absolutely astounded at the dierence of what you found and what Travis County found,” she said. While no action was taken by council on the report at its most recent meeting, the report will serve as the basis for formulating options for council action. Possibilities include a crossing similar, but safer, than the existing crossing; a bridge constructed of wood to better match the surrounding terrain; and bridge options that include pedestrian access, according to a council presentation given by Tom Loomis, project manager with Austin-based Saxon Loomis.

A rendering represents one possible design for a new Redbud Trail bridge. (Courtesy city of Austin)

Engineeringworkcontinueson theRedbudTrail bridgeproject Motorists in West Lake Hills were subject to temporary lane closures on the Redbud Trail bridge and nearby roadways in January and February. The trac adjustments were in connection with a preliminary engineering report for the city of Austin’s Redbud Trail bridge and roadway project. The project, which was funded by Austin’s 2012 and 2018 transportation bonds, will replace the existing bridge over Lady Bird Lake. The bridge, built in 1948, was not designed with today’s con- ditions in mind and according to the city is nearing the end of its operational life. Preliminary engineering for the Redbud Trail bridge and the associated geotechnical study will provide information for the future bridge’s founda- tion, according to Austin Public Works.

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One westbound lane of RM2222 was closed in February to install a water line. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)

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If the plan’s vision is fully realized, three western parks will be situated near Lake Travis. LAKEWAY MASTER PARKS PLAN LOOKS TO the west

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Extended development agreement to increase Lakeway parkland Work now is underway by the Lakeway Parks and Recreation Committee to identify priorities and sources of funding necessary to implement the vision laid out by the master parks plan approved by Lakeway City Council in February. The council unanimously existing parks as well as future parks that could be added if the city were to identify further funding through future council action. Two of the proposed parks in the city’s park plan, Highlands Roadside Park and Highlands Waterfront Overlook, are in Rough Hollow near Rough Hollow Cove. A third proposed BY GREG PERLISKI approved by council resolution, to extend a 24-year-old development agreement for Rough Hollow and Lakeway Highlands through 2025. Both housing developments are under the ultimate direction of Legend Communities. Council Member Sanjeev Kumar Legend Communities requires the developer to work with the city to develop the three parks included in the city’s newly adopted park plan. Development of the two parks close to Rough Hollow Cove will be paid for by Legend Communities, said Bill Hayes, chief operating ocer of Legend Communities.

said before the vote that the revised agreement covers many topics and includes the input of multiple city sta and council representatives looking at the long-termneeds of the city. “It was 18 months worth of work,” he said. The extended agreement with

approved two resolutions that will guide the addition of parkland to the city of Lakeway over the next ve to 10 years. The rst resolution was the adoption of an updated parks master plan. The plan includes discussion of

park, Butler Park, would be in the Lakeway Highlands development near Rough Hollow Elementary School and Crosswind Drive, accord- ing to the plan. Those parks are also the subject of a second agreement, unanimously

“Those two parks are developer responsibility, and we will build those by the end of 2022,” he said. The area for Butler Park will be graded by Legend Communities, and the city will have responsibility for its construction, he said.

    

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Winter collapse A Feb. 11 press release from ERCOT stated the agency issued notices from Feb. 8-11 about the cold weather expected to hit Texas and that gener- ators were asked to prepare for it. ERCOT followed with a Feb. 14 notice asking customers to reduce electricity through Feb. 16. The next day, ERCOT announced the council had begun rotating outages at 1:25 a.m. Feb. 15. More than 4.3 million Texans were without power the morning of Feb. 16, according to poweroutage.us. Despite early warnings, Ramanan Krishnamoorti, a chemical engineer- ing professor and chief energy ocer at the University of Houston, said he believes the state’s reliance on market conditions to manage supply and demand is partially responsible for outages given providers’ lack of incen- tive to begin production in advance of the supply shortage. He and Cohan also cited a low supply of natural gas. “The shortfall in natural gas supply is about 20 times as large as the shortfall in wind supply compared to expectations for a winter peak cold event,” Cohan said. Planning ahead The statewide outages were the fourth such event in ERCOT’s history. One result of the most recent event in February 2011—also caused by win- ter weather—was the publication of a federal report outlining past failures of power generators and recommending ERCOT and other authorities make winterization eorts a top concern.

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WESTERN INTERCONNECTION Includes El Paso and far West Texas 1 EASTERN INTERCONNECTION Includes portions of East Texas and the panhandle region 2 3

Widespread power outages prompted by severe weather across Texas in February led to increased focus on the Electric Reliability Coun- cil of Texas, which manages statewide electric power ow. The failure of portions of the state’s power grid left millions of Texans without electric service the week of Feb. 15-19. As blackouts and power restoration eorts continued, public ocials, including Gov. Greg Abbott, called for an investigation of ERCOT. ERCOT did not respond to phone calls or email requests for comment. An independent system Texas’ power grid has long been controlled within the state, separate from eastern and western North Amer- ican interconnects. Founded in 1970, ERCOT operates under the supervision of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature and manages most of the state’s electric system and retail market. ERCOT ocials have highlighted benets of the insular system in the past, although its disconnect from the continent’s larger grids has left it prone to isolation issues during high-demand events, such as Febru- ary’s winter storms, experts said. “Staying independent keeps the management of our power systems within Texas. But it means that we can barely import any power when we need it most,” Daniel Cohan, a Rice University civil and environmental engineering professor, said via email.

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ERCOT’s grid provides electric

ERCOT man- ages 90%

ERCOT provides for 26 million customers.

ERCOT’s grid includes 46,500 miles of transmission.

power to the majority of Texans.

of the Texas electrical load.

Real-time data varies, but more than half of ERCOT’s generation capacity comes from natural gas. Experts cited a natural gas shortage in February’s power outages.

POWER BREAKDOWN

2021 ERCOT grid power generating capacity 51% Natural gas 4.9% Nuclear

24.8% Wind 3.8% Solar

13.4% Coal 1.9% Other

0.2% Storage

TRACKING THE OUTAGES Millions of Texans lost power during winter storms Feb. 15-18.

• At 1:25 a.m. Feb. 15 , ERCOT began rotating outages from customers statewide • As much as 16,500 megawatts removed

• 4.3 million Texans were without power at 9 a.m. Feb. 16 • At least 210,000 Austin Energy customers lost power

from the grid due to forced outages Feb. 15 • 1 megawatt can power about 200 households during peak demand

SOURCES: AUSTIN ENERGY, ELECTRIC RELIABILITY COUNCIL OF TEXAS, PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF TEXAS, POWEROUTAGE.USCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Beyond just following previous recommendations, the state and power suppliers could have further incentivized preparation for the record-breaking conditions experi- enced, Krishnamoorti said. “We knew that this polar vortex was coming at least a week ahead. We

could have planned,” he said. Cohan said he hopes the state will take a broader range of issues into consideration for potential updates to its energy systems. “We need to look beyond the elec- tricity system and realize that this is an energy systems crisis,” he said.

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News from Eanes & Leander ISDs

Eanes ISDpurchases new laptops for sta

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

EANES ISD The Eanes ISD board of trustees approved the procurement of 875 new MacBook laptop computers for districtwide instructional and support sta during a Feb. 23 board meeting. The total cost is approximately $1.36 million, which was funded by the 2019 bond. TECH UPGRADES Eanes ISD voters approved an $80 million bond in 2019, which included technology upgrades.

Leander ISD sta are working to x the damage created by the winter storm at Steiner Ranch Elementary. (Courtesy Leander ISD)

5 district campuses faced ‘significant damage’ in winter storm

BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

Twelve other LISD schools were reported to have some damage. The school board approved an emergency declaration to expedite procurement of facility repairs Feb. 22. The declaration is specically for weather-related damages and allowed the superintendent and construction department to expedite contracting for needed repairs. It also waived the requirement of competitive bidding, it said. The district is tracking costs of repairs, and insurance claims have been led, LISD Chief Facilities Ocer Jimmy Disler said. The Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation, a nonprot dedicated to the school district is raising money for teachers who need to rebuild their classrooms due to storm damage. LEEF’s goal is to give $250 to 80 LISD teachers.

LEANDER ISD Students in Leander ISD returned to in-person and virtual learning Feb. 24 after eight days of canceled school days due to the winter storm, but at least 17 of the district’s 42 schools across Cedar Park, Leander and Austin were damaged in the storm, ocials said. Five schools faced “signicant damage” including Cox Elementary, Giddens Elementary, Mason Elementary, Steiner Ranch Elementary and Running Brushy Middle schools. Students at Mason and Steiner Ranch Elementary schools and Running Brushy Middle were required to learn virtually from Feb. 24-26 because their schools had “extensive water damage due to broken pipes,” according to messages sent to families. Giddens and Block House Creek Elementary schools were closed until at least Mar. 8 for longer repairs.

2019 bond program $80 million

SOURCE: EANES ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER 875 laptops $1.36 million

Instructions for meeting attendance are at each district’s website. Eanes ISD board of trustees meets on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 601 Camp Craft Road, West Lake Hills • www.eanesisd.net Lake Travis ISD board of trustees meets on the third Wednesday at 6 p.m. at 607 N. RM 620, Lakeway www.ltisdschools.org Leander ISD board of trustees meets on the second and fourth Thursday at 200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., Cedar Park www.leanderisd.org MEETINGSWE COVER

All Eanes ISDemployeeswill receivecompensation for inclementweather days

The district will provide regular compensation for employees for Feb. 12, and Feb. 15-19, according to district information. Both remote and in-person instruction was halted for over a week in the wake of electricity outages, water interrup- tions and icy road conditions.

Furthermore, those employees who were required to work on-site during the closure will receive additional compensation. Sta will not be required to work additional days to make up for the weeklong closure, per the vote by the board of trustees.

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

EANES ISD All Eanes ISD employ- ees will be compensated for a week of inclement weather days taken amid Texas’ winter storm, per a unanimous vote taken during a Feb. 23 board of trustees meeting.

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CITY& COUNTY

News from Bee Cave, Rollingwood, West Lake Hills & Travis County

Utility contractor questioned followingwinter storm

Proposed church tower under review by Bee Cave sta

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

close to turning o the city’s water supply to prevent an overow of wastewater. “We were on the cusp of making a decision as to whether or not to cut o water service to our entire city or alternatively overow our lift stations and ow raw sewage into direct channels into Lady Bird Lake,” Mayor Michael Dyson said during a Feb. 24. City Council meeting. This was in part due to widespread power outages at six of the city’s seven lift stations, which are designed to move wastewater. As a result, Rollingwood enlisted a subcontractor to move a sole portable generator across icy streets between each station to keep them operational, according to City Administrator Amber Lewis. Council members reported that

these challenges were exacerbated by a lack of communication from the city’s water and wastewater management company, AWR Services. This led council to evaluate AWR’s performance during its Feb. 24 meeting. Rollingwood has contracted AWR as the wastewater and water operator for roughly 16 years. Per that contract, AWR is responsible for operations on-site, maintenance and water emergencies. “I think we all need to recognize this was a disaster situation, not just a normal storm,” AWR CEO Hal Lanham told council. Following the discussion, city council members entered into an executive session to further review services with AWR, and no action was taken after the council’s return.

ROLLINGWOOD Amid the unprecedented winter storm that swept across Texas in mid-February, cities across Texas grappled with icy conditions, electricity outages and water service interruptions. Notably, the city of Rollingwood and its public works sta came

BY GREG PERLISKI

BEE CAVE A parcel of land intended to be the future site of an Episcopal church will need a second review by Bee Cave City Council after members cited con- cerns about a potential 60-foot tower to be built on the site. The 23-acre piece of property is at Hwy. 71 just east of Vail Divide near the Falconhead West subdivision. It would be home to the Church of the Cross Episcopal, whose congregation currently meets at Star Hill Ranch on Hamilton Pool Road, according to the church’s website. At issue was not the church and associated buildings but the potential appearance of the tower and its eect on the surrounding neighborhood. The church is seeking to zone the property as a public planned development district, or PDD, to allow for a preschool and construction of a play eld. Council asked sta to re-evaluate the tower and bring the proposal back to a future meeting.

“WEWERE ON THE CUSP OFMAKINGADECISION AS TOWHETHEROR NOT TO CUT OFFWATER SERVICE TOOUR ENTIRE CITYORALTERNATIVELY

OVERFLOWOUR LIFT STATIONS.” MICHAEL DYSON, MAYOR OF ROLLINGWOOD

Circuit of The Americas hosts four-county drive-thru vaccinations

BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE

TRAVIS COUNTY Travis, Caldwell, Hays and Bastrop counties have held mass-vaccination events the weekend of Feb. 27 and March 6 at the Circuit of The Americas. The four counties partnered with CommUnityCare and Ascension Seton to administer 3,000 vaccines the rst weekend and 10,000 vaccines the second, according to data from Travis County. The collaboration is part of a larger eort to fully vaccinate 800,000 Central Texans by July 1, a goal the

Travis County Judge Andy Brown helped direct a drive-thru vaccination event Feb. 6. (Courtesy Travis County)

Division of Emergency Management requesting doses, county judges said this drive-thru method, which moved patients through the line in 19 minutes, was an ecient model that could be scaled up. Travis County Judge Andy Brown said COTA is an ideal location to pilot a vaccination campaign due to its proximity to all four counties.

partners say will require around 50,000 weekly vaccinations. The drive-thru model for the site was tested at Travis County vaccination events Jan. 9 and Feb. 6. More than 600 people received their rst doses of the vaccine on both occasions. In a joint letter to executives at the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas

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Bee Cave City Council Meets second and fourth Tuesdays MEETINGSWE COVER CITY HIGHLIGHTS BEE CAVE Bee Cave City Council accepted the resignation of Andrew Clark from the Bee Cave Development Corp. on Feb. 9. The corporation promotes economic development within Bee Cave, according to the city’s website. Council appointed local business owner and Bee Cave resident Tony Lockridge to replace Clark. Meets rst Mondays, if needed, and third Mondays at 6:30 p.m. online. 512-314-7500. www.lakeway-tx.gov Rollingwood City Council Meets third Mondays at 6:30 p.m. online. 512-327-1838. www.cityofrollingwood.com West Lake Hills City Council Meets second and fourth Wednesdays at 7 p.m. 512-327-3628. www.westlakehills.org Instructions for meeting attendance are at each city’s website. at 6 p.m. 512-767-6600. www.beecavetexas.gov Lakeway City Council

Recovery underway after burst water pipes drenchWestbank Library children’s room

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

unknowingly, was still connected to the building’s older water line. The oversight—likely created during a 2015 renovation—ooded the library a second time. “We are going to lose quite a few books in the kid’s section,” Finch said. “We can already see the pages in the books [ripple], and it’s going to grow mold.” Nevertheless, Finch said she is hopeful the drying-out process can save a majority of the library’s collection. Finch said the Westbank Library is fortunate to have two locations, with the second, Laura’s Library, located on Bee Caves Road. Gradually, a portion of the library’s collection will be transferred. Finch said the Westbank Library has not established a timeline for repairs as damages are still being evaluated. Still, repairs are underway as a

WEST LAKE HILLS In the wake of Texas’ winter storm, Uri, West Lake Hills’ Westbank Library has been left with signicant ooding in its children’s section. The library on Westbank Drive experienced a burst in the building’s re sprinkler system, which ooded the Westbank Library’s children’s room and its collection of books. Since the damaged pipe occurred within the re sprinkler system, the Westlake Fire Department quickly arrived on-site Feb. 16 and signicantly reduced the level of water, according to library’s Director Mary Jo Finch. “The re department was alerted, and they came in and got the water turned o,” Finch said. “We thought we were in a stable position.” Several days later, Finch said the library experienced an additional burst pipe in the attic, which,

Westlake Fire Department responded to the scene. (CourtesyWestbank Library)

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mitigation company works to remove water and dehumidify the building. Residents are encouraged to return all books to Laura’s Library, which remains open through its drive-thru window.

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