Severe winter weather is not something Richardson receives every year, but several City departments remain ready to respond when and if ice or snow blanket Richardson.
Prior to any winter weather event, crews from the Public Services Department begin treating roads to prevent ice from building up. If ice forms, sand is spread on more than 200 high priority areas including intersections, bridges, school zones and hospital driveways.
Once a winter weather event occurs, you can keep up on closures to City streets, facilities and parks and other information related to winter weather on the City’s social media channels (Richardson Today Facebook page, Richardson Today Twitter and Nextdoor), as well as by visiting www.cor.net and www.richardsontoday.com and subscribing to Week in Review, the City’s weekly e-news blast.
If your property has downed limbs or trees after a storm, you can schedule a Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) by calling 972-744-4111 or filling out an online form at www.cor.net/babic. Curbside pickup is available on your designated recycling day (as long as the request is made by 11:59 p.m. the night before).
Winter Weather & Power Outages
Plan for extremely cold weather and power outages every winter - it’s always a possibility. Be prepared before it strikes!
- Keep supplies of water and food on hand.
- In case you’re stranded, create a Winter Weather Kit by visiting:
- Keep trees and other foliage trimmed and away from power lines. Swaying and broken limbs can rub against or cut power lines causing outages and even fires.
- DURING POWER OUTAGES, leave your porch light and only one light inside on to help restoration crews determine which areas are functioning.
- TO PREVENT SECONDARY OUTAGES, reduce initial demand once power has been restored by adjusting thermostats and turning off lights.
Call 1-888-313-4747 to notify the Texas electric delivery service, ONCOR, immediately of outages in your home or place of business
- Have your ESID and ZIP code ready (your ESID is on your electric bill) OR
- Pre-register your location by texting ‘reg’ to 66267 (ONCOR)
Help Prevent Burst Pipes
Burst pipes and frozen sprinklers can lead to costly repair bills. Since water expands when it freezes, the pipes holding the water are in danger of bursting if they freeze.
By keeping the sprinkler system controller in the OFF position, you can avoid accidental sprinkler freeze ups on those upcoming cold nights. During periods of no precipitation, you can run your irrigation system manually on your designated water days when temperatures are above 34 degrees. However, during winter months in North Texas there is no need to run irrigation systems because normal precipitation is all dormant grass and plants require.
Here are a few other simple precautions that will help you decrease the chances of having plumbing problems this winter.
- Remove outdoor hoses and cover the faucet with an insulated cover, which can be purchased at home and garden stores.
- When the temperature is expected to drop below freezing, open sink cabinet doors to allow heat from the home’s heating system to circulate around the pipes.
- The pipes most vulnerable to freezing are those located in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls. Leave a small trickle of both hot and cold water coming out of faucets attached to such pipes. Even a small trickle can help prevent pipes from freezing.
- If you go out of town while temperatures are expected to drop below freezing, keep the thermostat set to at least 55 degrees.
For more information, visit the American Red Cross website at www.rdcrss.org/1ObECQV.