• March 5, 2021
 El Paso area Winter Weather updates: EPPD responds to 204 wrecks in 24+ hours

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El Paso area Winter Weather updates: EPPD responds to 204 wrecks in 24+ hours

This story will be continually updated with new content as organizations, school districts, government offices and the like, provide us with new information.

El Paso Police Department

Between the hours of 3 a.m. Sunday morning & 8 a.m. this morning, the El Paso Police Department responded to 204 traffic crashes, traffic-related incidents & stalled vehicles. The roads are icy. Slow down, avoid driving if possible & be safe out there!

TxDOT El Paso

MONTANA PROJECT UPDATE:
Due to the snow, we are moving our traffic switch from Tuesday night to Wednesday night. You can see the project was covered in snow over the weekend. Pictures are from Sunday morning.
Photo courtesy TxDOT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El Paso Electric 

El Paso is not a part of the ERCOT system in East/Central Texas. Any alerts or reports customers are seeing from ERCOT do not apply to EPE. Our crews continue managing the storm and working 24/7 to maintain our system reliability. We keep all utility workers in our thoughts. Please stay safe and remain vigilant. If customers are experiencing any issues they should contact us at 1-800-592-1634.

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City of El Paso

Officials with the City of El Paso say their staff and crews continue to work around the clock to prepare for the winter storm system moving through the region bringing additional snowfall and low temperatures.

The City’s administrative offices and all Municipal Courts will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 15. Early morning Municipal Court cases will be automatically reset, and residents will be notified accordingly.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The Office of Emergency Management and Department of Public Health will continue providing COVID-19 vaccines at the Don Haskins Recreation Center and George Perry sites for individuals who have scheduled appointments.

The COVID-19 hotline (915-212-6843) will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The public may also contact staff via email at COVID19vaccine@elpasotexas.gov. For more information or to register for the vaccine visit www.epcovidvaccine.com.

Streets and Maintenance

Streets and Maintenance Department workers continue to closely monitor weather conditions and work closely with first responders, utilities, school districts and state transportation partners to adjust the storm response as needed. Crews have been treating roadways with sand or salt, concentrating bridges, overpasses, and routes on major arterials that lead to hospitals, fire house, police stations, and highways. Scenic Drive remains closed in the interest of public safety due to the potential for slippery conditions. Motorists are encouraged to slow down and keep a safe distance from crews treating the streets. Streets are being treated with sand or salt to prevent snow and ice from bonding to the surface creating dangerous driving conditions.

Warming Centers

The seven City Warming Centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The locations are: Galatzan Recreation Center (650 Wallenberg Dr.), Clardy Fox Library (5515 Robert Alva Ave.), Marty Robbins Rec Center (11600 Vista Del Sol Dr.), Memorial Senior Center (1800 Byron St.), Wellington Chew Senior Center (4430 Maxwell Ave.), Pavo Real Senior Center (9301 Alameda Ave.), San Juan Senior Center (5701 Tamburo Ct.).

Library Curbside Pick-up and El Paso Zoo

Due to the inclement weather the El Paso Zoo and the Curbside Library service will be closed Monday, February 15. Library patrons who reserved materials will be able to reschedule their pick-up by calling the library or online at elpasolibrary.org.

Sun Metro

Fixed routes and LIFT Paratransit services will be operating on a normal schedule on Monday, February 15, 2021. However, due to the roadway conditions passengers may experience delays. Route information is available at www.SunMetro.net or by dialing (915) 212-3333.

El Paso area International Bridges

The Paso Del Norte, Stanton and Zaragoza international bridges remain open to the traveling public. Street crews have been treating the bridges to keep them passable.

Landfill

Due to the roadway conditions, the Greater El Paso Landfill located at 2600 Darrington Road in Clint will have a two-hour delayed start on Monday, February 15, 2021. The landfill will open at 9 a.m. For more information about the landfill visit www.elpasotexas.gov/ESD or dial (915) 212-6000. Garbage and recycling collections will not be impacted as they do not operate on Mondays.

President Joseph R. Biden Approves Emergency Declaration for Texas

WASHINGTON – FEMA announced federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by a severe winter storm beginning on Feb. 11, 2021 and continuing.

The president’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts, which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all 254 Texas counties.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures for mass care and sheltering and direct federal assistance will be provided at 75% federal funding.

Jerry S. Thomas has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations for the affected area. Additional designations may be made later if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.

El Paso International Airport:

Winter weather is impacting flights today at El Paso International Airport (EPIA). Information about flight delays and cancellations is via this link.

Travelers are encouraged to reach out directly to airlines to check their flight information by clicking here.

UTEP Covid-19 Testing site:

Due to inclement weather, the state drive-through COVID-19 testing sites at the Schuster 1 and Schuster 3 parking lots will be closed today and Monday. The University Library also will be closed today. For updates about any additional weather-related closures at UTEP, please click here.

COVID-19 State Testing Sites closed due to inclement weather

Officials with the City of El Paso announced Sunday morning that State testing locations will be closed today, Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15 due to inclement weather.

State testing sites will resume regular hours on Tuesday, February 16.

Click here for locations and more information

UTEP

Due to inclement weather and potentially dangerous road conditions, all in-person activities at The University of Texas at El Paso will be delayed until 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. This includes the on-campus COVID-19 walk-up testing sites and the YWCA University Heights Early Learning Center.

UTEP’s Student Recreation Center will delay opening until noon.

The state drive-through COVID-19 testing sites in the Schuster 1 and Schuster 3 parking lots will be closed on Monday.

All in-person activities with a scheduled start time prior to 10 a.m. will be cancelled for the day.

All remote activities will take place at their regularly scheduled time.

Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso

Due to inclement weather, the TTUHSC El Paso campus will delay opening until noon on Monday, Feb. 15. All in-person classes will resume in the afternoon, and employees currently working on campus may return to their offices once campus has opened.

All Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso clinics will delay opening until noon, as well.

Virtual and online classes will continue as scheduled, and employees working remotely will work regular hours as scheduled.

Any TTUHSC El Paso or TTP El Paso employees with questions regarding opening hours for their departments should contact their supervisors directly.

El Paso Community College

Due to the winter storm and freezing conditions impacting our region, EPCC classes and operations scheduled onsite will be offered remotely on Monday, February 15th and staff should remain home.  All other college services and operations will continue virtually.

El Paso ISD

President’s Day – District Holiday – No School/District Closed

Ysleta ISD

Due to the extremely cold temperatures expected to continue through Monday afternoon, and in the interest of the safety and security of all employees and students, the Ysleta Independent School District will conduct school and operations remotely Monday, Feb. 15.

Most YISD employees will work remotely from home and should contact their supervisor with questions or concerns; however, for those employees serving as essential personnel in the Division of Maintenance and Operations, they are advised to contact their supervisor to determine their work schedule.

Grab & go meals will not be available. Events for the University Interscholastic League (UIL) scheduled for Monday evening may go on as scheduled, pending improving weather conditions.

Socorro ISD

Due to the extreme weather conditions we experienced today and icy temperatures which are expected to continue through tomorrow, Socorro ISD schools and district offices will function remotely Monday, February 15, 2021. Instruction will be provided virtually per normal school hours. School and district support employees will work remotely. Essential personnel will be notified by their supervisor of their work schedule. The curbside meal program will be closed for the day. We anticipate returning to schools and offices on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. If there are further changes, we will provide updates via the district website at www.sisd.net, phone messages, social media, and through local news media outlets.

Fabens ISD

Due to inclement weather conditions, Fabens ISD will move to remote instruction for all students on Monday, February 15, 2021. Instructional staff and students will log in remotely to all classes. There will be no food service on Monday. Security will remain on
duty, but remaining staff are asked to stay home.

Tornillo ISD

Inclement weather update: Tornillo Learning Community, in an abundance of caution classes will be online on Monday, February 15th. Stay home, stay warm.

San Elizario ISD

SEISD Inclement Weather Update: Due to weather conditions and out of precaution, SEISD schools will switch from in-person to online instruction for Mon., Feb. 15th. Please report to online classes following the regular schedule. Thank you and stay safe.

Clint ISD

All Clint ISD schools, with the exception of the Clint ISD Early College Academy, will observe the Presidents’ Day Holiday on Monday, February 15, 2021.

Canutillo ISD

El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank

 All Primary Pantry Food Distribution Sites will be closed Monday, February 15, 2021
ALL Primary Pantry food distribution sites will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2021, due to inclement weather. This includes our location at 9541 Plaza Circle.

Concordia Cemetery

Concordia Heritage Association announces that Concordia Cemetery will be closed Feb. 14 thru Feb. 15 due to inclement weather.

Please stay warm and safe, and visit the Cemetery another day.
Road Closures from El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (as of 215p)
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office had closed the following roadways due to hazardous driving conditions.
  • Transmountain Road

Please use caution and be alert to changing road conditions.

Sunday night, TxDOT officials shared that – based on weather forecast – Transmountain will remain closed at least through Tuesday or once conditions are safe. | Photo courtesy Albert Lara with TxDOT West Area Office Maintenance Crew.

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