BRUSH RECYCLING UPDATE
Crews continue collecting curbside piles of brush and tree limbs, and we're still anticipating to be completed by the end of the month. So far, crews have collected nearly 1,100 large truck loads from 266 streets, and crews have been able to grind those limbs down to large chipped piles at Public Works (CLICK HERE TO SEE THE MARCH 22, 2023 DRONE FOOTAGE OF THE PROCESS). We'll make some mulch available for residents sometime in April. The low tree canopy continues to be an issue on some properties and streets, but crews have some extra equipment in place to start addressing those areas and individual properties. Traffic safety is also a concern, so if you see a large truck and crews working, please use caution, slow down and give the trucks as much space as possible to complete their work. The Blue & Yellow Zones indicated on the pick-up map are getting assistance to speed up the process from additional crews that have completed or are completing other zones like the Purple and Green zones. Some areas like the Blue and Yellow Zones have taken more time than others due to traffic safety concerns (busy roads like Lakeway Blvd), some equipment issues and the low tree canopy.
Public Works will also remain CLOSED until curbside pick-up is complete. As a friendly reminder, this is a free service provided by the City of Lakeway, so please be patient with our hard-working crews. They are working very hard to make sure the brush is picked up as quick as possible. Residents can still opt to hire a private contractor to haul off brush for quicker service. But, if you do, please continue to do your research and beware of scams. If you still have any questions, feel free to email us at email@example.com.
OAK WILT PREVENTION
The Disaster Declaration below allows for cutting of trees for clean-up. Trees that have incurred damage and need some type of mitigation can be trimmed past our oak wilt ordinance date (which started Feb. 1) at the moment. We just ask residents to please trim them as soon as safely possible and spray paint on fresh cuts immediately after trimming (see link below for painting tips). Any breaks that occurred as a result of the ice storm do not need to be sprayed with paint since its ineffective to paint wounds that are a day or so old. We also recommend that if a tree company is trimming multiple oak trees that they sanitize their equipment between trees to help prevent the spread of oak wilt. Here are some helpful links:
REPORTING PROPERTY DAMAGE
The Texas Division of Emergency Management encourages residents to self-report damages sustained to their homes and/or businesses as a result of the ice storm via the included iSTAT link. The objective of the survey is to identify damages and support emergency management officials across the state to gain an understanding of damages that have occurred during the recent severe weather event. Within the survey, you will have the opportunity to upload photos of your damages. Please ensure photos are clear and depict disaster-related damages. This survey is available in both English and Spanish. Reporting damages here is NOT a substitute for reporting damage to your insurance company , and DOES NOT guarantee disaster relief assistance: https://damage.tdem.texas.gov/
CITY DISASTER DECLARATION
Mayor Tom Kilgore signed a Disaster Declaration Friday, Feb. 3, 2023 for the City of Lakeway due to the severe winter weather that caused widespread and prolonged property damage due to prolonged freezing temperatures and freezing rain. See link below for details on the Disaster Declaration. Governor Abbott also issued a Disaster Order related to the Ice Storm on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. CLICK HERE for those details.