Boil-water order lifted; other relief arrives Friday after outages, frigid temperatures and closures

  • A bull stands in an iced-over field near Briggs.
    A bull stands in an iced-over field near Briggs.
  • Sheriff Jess Ramos and his wife, Rebecca, serve coffee at St. Mary Catholic Church, which offered a warming station during single-digit temperatures.
    Sheriff Jess Ramos and his wife, Rebecca, serve coffee at St. Mary Catholic Church, which offered a warming station during single-digit temperatures.
  • A ruler measures about two inches of snow on the courthouse square Monday morning. Downtown Lampasas was deserted much of the weekend, and high temperatures Sunday were about 40 degrees lower than average for mid-February. JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD
    A ruler measures about two inches of snow on the courthouse square Monday morning. Downtown Lampasas was deserted much of the weekend, and high temperatures Sunday were about 40 degrees lower than average for mid-February. JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD
  • A flock of waterfowl are shown on a partially frozen stock tank on U.S. 183 just north of Lampasas.
    A flock of waterfowl are shown on a partially frozen stock tank on U.S. 183 just north of Lampasas.
  • A historic home owned by C.M. Crawford saw flood damage after a water leak during sub-freezing temperatures.
    A historic home owned by C.M. Crawford saw flood damage after a water leak during sub-freezing temperatures.
  • A partially frozen Mesquite Creek is shown along U.S. Hwy 183.
    A partially frozen Mesquite Creek is shown along U.S. Hwy 183.
  • Lampasas Fire Department firefighter Jared Payne works the scene of a structure fire on Monday. Fire departments have seen a call volume far above average this week.
    Lampasas Fire Department firefighter Jared Payne works the scene of a structure fire on Monday. Fire departments have seen a call volume far above average this week.
Lampasans no longer need to boil water before using it, as the city rescinded the boil notice Feb. 20. That day, the city announced that laboratory testing results indicated people no longer need to boil water before using it. The original boil-water notice was issued during last week's ice storm. The strongest cold spell in decades slammed Central Texas and brought about consecutive days of…

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