Saturday, Feb. 5 - Morning Update
Garbage / Recycling Resumes Normal Schedule on Monday
If you missed the information we put out earlier about trash and recycling here’s the recap. To keep their trucks and workers from slipping on the ice, Republic Services suspended operations Thursday through Saturday. They will resume normal collection schedules on Monday, Feb. 7. If your trash is already on the curb, you can leave it there until your next regular collection on Monday or Tuesday. If you have Thursday or Friday recycling, you might want to roll your recycle carts back in so they are not sitting out all week. Have a great weekend y’all!
Thank You NRH Employees
NRH has some amazing employees who work to make our city streets safer for first responders and residents when a winter storm hits. Through rain, and sleet, and snow, and gloom of night, the Public Works Street Division worked for 56 straight hours from late Wednesday night until 8 a.m. this morning (Saturday). Eight crews worked in alternating shifts to distribute 36 tons of sand to 100+ major roadways, intersections and critical facilities throughout NRH. Thank you to the Street Division, and the rest of our city team who worked to keep us safe during the winter storm!
Friday, Feb. 4 - Afternoon Updates
While things are starting to thaw out in the sunshine this afternoon, shaded areas continue to be icy and areas that are wet will quickly refreeze once the sun goes down. If you can, delay traveling tonight and early Saturday and check the latest conditions from TxDOT at http://DriveTexas.org before heading out.
Facility Delays & Closures
The following city facilities will have modified hours on Saturday:
- NRH Centre: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Library: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Animal Shelter: Noon to 4 p.m.
- Richland Tennis Center: Closed
We anticipate that all facilities will resume their normal operating hours starting on Sunday.
Commercial Garbage Collections
Republic Waste has also informed us that due to roadway safety concerns, they are suspending Saturday’s commercial collections. Commercial customers will be serviced on their next regular collection day.
Protect Your Pipes
Temperatures will dip into the teens again overnight. Remember to turn your faucets to a slow drip to keep your pipes from freezing. If you’re concerned about wasting water, you can capture the water in a pitcher or bucket for other uses.
Thursday, Feb. 3 - Afternoon Updates
While the sleet and snow have stopped, freezing temperatures and hazardous roadway conditions will stick around into Friday and possibly Saturday. We encourage you to stay home and delay travel if you can until temperatures warm back up and roadway conditions improve. You can find the latest conditions from TxDOT at http://DriveTexas.org.
Here are the impacts to NRH City Services for Friday.
Garbage & Recycling Collections
Republic Services has canceled trash and recycling services for Friday, Feb. 4. Collections will resume on the normal schedule beginning Monday, Feb. 7.
Our non-emergency city facilities will remain closed Friday. This includes City Hall, NRH Centre, Library, Senior Center and Animal Shelter. The City Council’s work session meeting has also been canceled. Public Safety and Public Works staff continue to provide emergency services around the clock, and you can access the city’s online services via this website.
Protect Your Pipes
Temperatures will dip into the teens tonight. Remember to drip your faucets to keep your pipes from freezing.
Thursday, Feb. 3 - Morning Updates
City Facilities Closed on Thursday
Due to the winter storm, all non-emergency City facilities, including City Hall, are closed to the public today. You can access the city’s online services via this website. Thursday’s garbage / recycling service has also been suspended and will resume on your next regular collection day. Our Public Safety and Public Works staff continue providing emergency services.
Temperatures will remain below freezing all day and into tomorrow. With ice already on the roadways and sleet and snow still falling, we encourage you to stay home and delay travel if you can. Check road conditions at http://DriveTexas.org before heading out if you can’t.
Important Safety Reminder from NRH Fire Department
Last winter, NRHFD responded to several calls regarding carbon monoxide poisoning or leaks. Carbon monoxide poisoning is incredibly serious and avoidable. Please take these steps to protect your family:
- Do not use gas fireplaces that are not properly ventilated or maintained.
- Do not use your gas stove or oven to keep the house warm.
- Do not bring grills or camp stoves inside the house.
- Do not bring generators inside the house. To safely use a generator, run it at least 20 feet away from any openings to the house.
- Do not keep warm inside a running vehicle, not even if the garage is open.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. If you begin to experience any of the symptoms or if a carbon monoxide alarm goes off, get outside immediately and call 9-1-1.
Wednesday, Feb. 2 - Afternoon Update
No Garbage & Recycling Collections on Thursday
Due to the winter storm and expected hazardous roadway conditions, Republic Services has made the decision to cancel Thursday collections. Customers who have Thursday collections will receive service on their next regular collection day, which will be Monday for trash and next Thursday for recycling. Republic will reassess conditions on Thursday afternoon in order to make the appropriate decision for Friday’s operations. We will provide an update when it is made available to us.
Closures / Delayed Openings
Following is the current list of closures and delayed openings for our City of NRH facilities:
- Delayed opening at 10 a.m. on Thursday
- Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting canceled on Thursday
- Citizens Police Academy Class canceled on Thursday
- Closing at 6 p.m. Wednesday
- Closed on Thursday
- Closing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday
- Closed on Thursday
NRH Senior Center
- Closed Thursday and Friday
Animal Adoption & Rescue Center
- Closing at 4 p.m. on Wednesday
- Closed on Thursday
Richland Tennis Center
- Closing at 5 p.m. on Wednesday
- Closed on Thursday and Friday
Iron Horse Golf Course
- Saturday’s Polar Plunge at NRH2O has been postponed to Feb. 12.
Stay tuned. We will provide more updates here as they become available.
Wednesday, Feb. 2 - Morning Update
While we’ve tried to wish it away, it didn’t work. The winter storm is still coming! A combination of freezing rain, sleet and snow is due to arrive across North Texas this evening and continue into Thursday. Please avoid travel tonight and tomorrow, as dangerous driving conditions are possible. If you must go out, check conditions before you get on the roadways and give yourself plenty of time. You can monitor TxDOT highway conditions at https://drivetexas.org/.
NRH Public Works has crews on standby for sanding operations to address roadway icing as needed on bridges and at major intersections. They will focus on major roadways and intersections and critical facilities, and cannot treat all residential streets. As a reminder, we do not monitor Facebook 24/7, so if you see a major area of concern on NRH roadways don’t report it here. Please call it in to dispatch at 817-281-1000 and they will make sure that the sanding crews get that information.
Regarding Thursday’s trash and recycling collections, Republic Services will assess roadway conditions early Thursday morning and make a decision at that time on whether to delay or suspend their operations. We will share that information here, as well as other updates, as soon as we get them.
Tuesday, Feb. 1 Post
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for our area, in effect Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon. Nobody wants a repeat of last February's Snowmageddon and the forecasters are saying it won’t be as bad, but conditions could still be hazardous and everyone should still prepare. You know the drill:
❄️ Have an emergency kit including fresh drinking water and plenty of supplies.
❄️ Bring pets and plants indoors.
❄️ Turn automatic sprinkler systems off and cover outdoor pipes and spigots.
❄️ Be careful around space heaters and fireplaces. Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work.
❄️ Once temps outside drop below freezing, let water drip slowly from faucets to keep your pipes from freezing. (If you want, you can capture the water in a pitcher or bucket for other uses.)
❄️ Stay off icy roads. Check conditions before you leave home at drivetexas.org.
❄️ Report power outages to Oncor at 1-888-313-4747 or stormcenter.oncor.com.
And with Snowmageddon still on our minds, we want everyone to locate and learn to operate the water shut off for your home, before the storm arrives. Here’s a video that can help you: https://youtu.be/lNQ7Gk95yTM. We hope it’s something you never need to do, but knowing how to turn off your water if your pipes burst could save you thousands of dollars in water damage restoration bills.
Follow the US National Weather Service Fort Worth on social media or stay tuned to local news stations for the latest weather information. We’ll keep you updated about any impacts to NRH city services here and on the city’s social media pages.
Preventing frozen pipes
Water meter and water shut off