January 30, 2023

Winter weather has arrived once again in Westlake. The roads are icy, slick, and extremely dangerous. Our staff continues to work around the clock to keep you safe. In our ongoing effort to keep you informed, here are the latest updates from the Town of Westlake:

Road Prep is Underway

It is slick on the roads with conditions expecting to get worse. Our Westlake Public Works team has been out salting and sanding key areas throughout town and will continue working through the night and early morning.

The biggest issue continues to be the ongoing drizzle. Until that stops, we’ll continue to see slick roads. Please stay safe everyone and use caution if you must drive. Remain home with your family if you can and enjoy some time by the fireplace.

Town Hall and Municipal Court are Closed

Due to the current winter weather conditions, Westlake's Town Hall and Municipal Court closed early Monday and will remain closed through Tuesday, January 31. We will continue to monitor the weather conditions and keep you informed if the closure gets extended.

Schools Closed Tuesday

At this time Westlake Academy and Keller ISD have announced closures for Tuesday, January 31. Carroll ISD and Northwest ISD are still monitoring conditions and will make a call later today.

Stay tuned to each of their social media channels and websites for the very latest.

Trash and Recycling May Be Impacted

Republic Services has notified us of possibly needing to delay service to Westlake residents later this week. We will let you know as soon as we hear a definitive date for your trash and recycling collections.

STROLL Westlake's Neighborhood Night Out Event Postponed

Due to the possibility of ice, the Neighborhood Night Out event hosted by Stroll Westlake Magazine initially scheduled for Tuesday, January 31, has been moved to Tuesday, February 7, from 6-8 p.m. at Starpower in Southlake.

Pipe Burst Information

If you experience a pipe burst, our Public Works staff is available to help. Give our after-hours emergency number a call at 817-490-5729. You can also shut off your water if you have the right tools. Assistant Town Manager Troy Meyer can show you how by watching this video.

Power Outage Information

Thankfully there have been no reported power outages so far in town. If you need to report an outage or check the status of an outage, use:

Energy Conservation Helpful Hints

Here are some winter safety and energy-saving tips from Atmos Energy. You can visit their website for even more information on conserving energy, keeping warm, and staying safe during winter weather.

  • Lower your thermostat to 68 degrees during the day and 58 degrees when you are away from home.
  • Lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees or set your temperature dial to normal or medium. Water heating accounts for as much as 25 percent of the energy consumed in your home. 
  • Unplug electronic devices and turn off lights that are not in use. 
  • Reduce your shower time and take baths only when necessary. Showering and bathing can account for 40 percent of your home's hot water use. 
  • Operate your clothes washer, dryer, and dishwasher only when fully loaded. 
  • Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Leaving the damper open is like keeping a window wide open – warm air goes right up the chimney! 
  • If you have a pool, do not use the pool heater. Instead, run your pool pump during the coldest part of the day to circulate the water and prevent freezing. 

Tips for Winter Driving

If you’re caught trying to get somewhere when freezing rain starts and the highway becomes better for playing hockey than driving, here are some tips for driving safely on ice and snow. Of course, you should always review your owner’s manual for any warnings, notices, or other advice specific to your vehicle.

  • Stay home. Only go out if necessary. Even if you can drive well in bad weather, it’s better to avoid taking unnecessary risks by venturing out.
  • Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed down to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Increase your following distance to five to six seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads will just make your wheels spin. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill slowly.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.

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If you have any questions or need our assistance during these next few days of winter weather, please call our after-hours emergency number at 817-490-5729. And of course in an emergency, please call 911. Stay safe, Westlake! 

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