Weather Advisory – New Information

New Information:

…Additional mention of low chances for sleet/freezing rain over the Southwest on Monday…

Headline:

…Prolonged period of very cold/freezing weather (from Sunday through Wednesday morning)…

…Low chances of light freezing drizzle /sleet  (6 pm New Year’s Eve  through 6 pm New Year’s Day Monday)…

…Check the forecast frequently for updates and changes…

Area of Concern:

Very cold weather will cover the entire region, with the coldest temperatures in the Hill Country.

The primary area of concern for frozen precipitation will be the Hill Country and Edwards Plateau Sunday evening, extending this area to include San Antonio and areas southwest to the Rio Grande River late Sunday night through New Year’s Day.  As of right now the Austin area and northern sections of South Central Texas should remain fairly dry with little to no impacts from frozen precipitation.

Threats & Impacts:

Freezing rain/drizzle/sleet... could accumulate primarily on elevated surfaces such as picnic tables, bridges, overpasses, stairways. The primary threat time will be from 6 pm Sunday (New Year’s Eve) through 6 pm Monday (New Year’s Day). Widespread travel problems are not expected at this time, but continue to monitor our latest forecasts and updates.  Some closed bridges and overpasses are not out of the question.

Prolonged Freezing Temperatures…Temperatures are expected to be below freezing for as many as 60 hours in the Hill Country…more than 24 hours in many other areas of South Central Texas.  This prolonged  hard freeze will have significant impacts on sensitive plants and pets. Elderly persons or young children could suffer hypothermia if exposed to long duration of extremely cold temperatures.   Exposed water pipes and sprinkler system standpipes could break.  Take precautions now.  The coldest mornings will likely be Tue and Wed mornings.

Wind Chill Temperatures…Wind Chills will drop into the teens most areas on Monday, with some single digit wind chills in the Hill Country as north winds of 15-25 mph combine with these subfreezing temperatures.  The winds will start to weaken by Monday night and thus the wind chills will also warm slightly on Tue.

Expected Precipitation Accumulations:

Light freezing drizzle will be limited to Trace amounts on New Year’s Eve,  Freezing rain/sleet should be limited to a few hundredths at most on New Year’s Day.

Timing and Overview:

Arctic air is headed our way and will arrive on Sunday. The timing of the event is pretty well set, with the primary threat for light freezing rain from 6 pm Sunday to 6 pm Monday.  While some light freezing rain/drizzle is possible, chances are low and if it does occur, it should be very light and confined to areas mainly southwest of a line from Kerrville to San Antonio to Karnes City.  The Hill Country may see the freezing temperatures and light freezing drizzle as early as late Sunday afternoon, with the threat pushing south and southwest overnight into Monday.  A weak disturbance moving across the southern half of the state may bring some reports of sleet as well on Monday.  Accumulations should be minimal. The best messaging is to springboard off the New Year’s Day Holiday and urge people to stay inside, warm, and off the roads.

The prolonged freezing temperatures may last for a few days out in the Hill Country (60+ hours).  Morning low temperatures may get below freezing every day next week through Friday with teens expected Tue and Wed morning across the Hill Country and north, low to mid 20s elsewhere.  Residents should be proactive with their cold weather preparations and do them now.    Most areas should warm above freezing on Wednesday.  Wind Chill readings will dip well into the Teens, with even lower readings in the Hill Country.

Confidence:

High confidence in the prolonged period of cold weather

Low confidence in where/when the frozen precipitation will fall

Additional Information Resources:

Request for Information:

Please relay winter weather reports and/or photo’s of winter weather to [email protected]  or tweet the photo using the hashtag #eWXspotter


Christmas Party – December 10, 2017

The Highland Haven annual Christmas Dinner will be held Sunday, December 10th at 6:30 pm at the community center.  Turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes will be provided.  All Highland Haven residents are invited.  Please bring a side of vegetables, salads or desserts.  BYOB.  Set-up provided.


Volunteers Needed for BOPATE Collection

On October 14, Burnet County will hold the annual Burnet County BOPATE Waste Collection Day.  This event is primarily staffed with volunteers and more are needed.  Please consider volunteering for this great event.  For more information review the BOPATE Flyer posted on our website.  We currently have 3 people planning to assist again this year – Alderman Don Hagans, Alderman Bill Passmore and former Mayor Irene Dauphin.  Please consider joining them and help represent Highland Haven!

Olan Kelley

Mayor

Highland Haven TX

830-265-4366 office

512-413-9031 cell


Media Release – CAPCOG launches Text to 9-1-1 region wide

CAPCOG launches Text to 9-1-1 region wide
“Call if You Can, Text if You Can’t.”

Austin, Texas – The Capital Area Council of Governments has deployed Text to 9-1-1 service region wide after successfully testing that the region’s 31 public safety answering points (PSAPs), or 9-1-1 call centers, can reliably receive and respond to SMS text messages. The service is now activated on the four major cellphone service providers —Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint, and T-Mobile — in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties.

“Text to 9-1-1 is a great addition to emergency response; however, the service has several limitations so residents should familiarize themselves with them before texting 9-1-1 and most importantly remember to ‘Call if you can, text if you can’t,’” said Gregg Obuch, CAPCOG’s Emergency Communications director. A full Q&A about text to 9-1-1 is available at capcog.org/text911.

Text to 9-1-1 is the ability to send a cellphone text message to a local 9-1-1 call center. It is especially beneficial to those who are hard of hearing, deaf, or speech-impaired, but residents should only text 9-1-1 when calling 9-1-1 is unsafe or not possible.

Examples of when texting 9-1-1 would be beneficial include:

  • The caller cannot speak due to a threat, illness or medical condition
  • The caller has poor reception and can only send text messages
  • Phone lines and cellphone towers are overwhelmed and only texts can get through

Cellphone service providers only offer text messaging as a “best effort service” meaning providers do not guarantee a message will be delivered, said Obuch, who noted that text messages also can take longer to receive or can be delivered out of order. The only way to know a text reached a 9-1-1 call center is when the center texts back. If the sender thinks a text was not received, he or she should call 9-1-1. Call centers also don’t automatically receive a cellphone user’s location information when texting 9-1-1.

Text to 9-1-1 only is available in English. However, 9-1-1 voice calls can be processed in multiple languages, because all CAPCOG 9-1-1 call centers provide emergency interpretive services. Text to 9-1-1 does not work if the sender texts using group messages, emojis, pictures or videos. Apps that text other app users (such as WhatsApp) or texting via social media (such as Facebook Messenger) do not support Text to 9-1-1.

Here are a few additional things to remember about how to text to 9-1-1:

  1. Remember: “Call if You Can, Text if You Can’t.”
  2. Enter the numbers “911” in the “To” field.
  3. The first text message should be brief and contain the location of the emergency and type of help needed.
  4. Push the send button.
  5. Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker.
  6. Text in English and in simple words – do not use abbreviations.
  7. Keep text messages brief and concise.
  8. Once you have initiated a Text to 9-1-1 conversation, do not turn off your phone until the dispatcher tells you it is ok to do so.

CAPCOG also developed two video public service announcements which can be viewed at capcog.org/text911. They also were distributed to local jurisdictions to share with residents.

About CAPCOG:
CAPCOG, governed by elected officials from the 10-county region it serves, has worked for more than 46 years as an advocate, planner and coordinator on important regional issues. Programs and services related to public safety and emergency response, environmental planning, economic and community development and the elderly are delivered at a regional level to leverage funding, maximize cooperation and eliminate duplication. CAPCOG serves Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties.


Marble Falls Area EMS Fish Fry – October 4, 2017

Marble Falls Area EMS

FISH FRY

at the Blue bonnet Cafe

Wednesday – October 4, 2017

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

$10.00 per person

$4.00 children 5 and under

Take out orders call 693-2444

 


Burnet County BOPATE Collection

Burnet County BOPATE Collection

B u r n e t F a i r g r o u n d s
October 1 4, 2 0 1 7
9:00 amto 1:00 pm
1 3 0 1 H o u s t o n C l i n t o n D r.
( West @ light at YMCA)

Click BOPATE Flyer 2017 to see the details.


Zebra Mussels discovered in Lake Austin

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and City of Austin announced today that zebra mussels have been found in Lake Austin. This follows the discovery of zebra mussels in Lake Travis in June.

The spread of zebra mussels to Lake Austin is disappointing, but not unexpected, given how easily zebra mussels can travel from lake to lake on boats or in water moved downstream through dams.

Zebra mussels are an invasive species that can clog water intakes and other infrastructure. As of now, there is no eradication method that is effective on a wide scale.

The discovery highlights the importance of doing everything we can to prevent zebra mussels from spreading.

  • For boaters, that means cleaning, draining and drying boats before moving to a different lake.
  • Owners of boats, boat ramps, marinas and infrastructure on Lake Travis and Lake Austin should inspect any assets in the water (pipes, boat hulls, etc.) at least monthly, and remove any attached zebra mussels. There are several ways to monitor for zebra mussels, including visually inspecting intakes or docks, or placing a zebra mussel settlement sampler in the water. Here are instructions on how to make your own sampler for less than $10.

For more information, visit lcra.org/zebramussels or download this fact sheet. If you have questions, please contact Bryan Cook, manager of Water Quality Protection, at [email protected] or 512-578-3258, or Lisa Benton, senior water quality coordinator, at [email protected] or 512-578-2151.


Signal Light at the intersection of FM 1431 and Highland Drive

A number of folks have been calling about the signal light construction at Hwy 1431 and Highland Drive.  The light is going to be a flashing amber light, not a full signal light.  This is a safety issue that Highland Haven has been requesting from TxDOT for several years.  Be sure to pass along your thanks to James Oakley, Burnet County Judge, Jim Luther, Burnet County Commissioner Pct. 1 and Cathy Kratz, TxDOT Area Engineer, who have been working to improve the safety at this intersection as well as others in Burnet County.

Olan Kelley

Mayor

Highland Haven TX

830-265-4366 office

512-413-9031 cell