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Live Updates | Copperas Cove lifts Stage 4B Water Restriction, boil water notice still in place

Here's what's happening across Central Texas on Monday, Feb. 22 following the historic winter storm.

TEMPLE, Texas — *This live blog was established Monday, Feb. 22.*

6 News is keeping you updated with the latest in the Central Texas community following the historic Winter Storm Uri.

Here are some helpful links below:

LIST | Water distribution locations across Central Texas

Boil water notices issued for several areas in Central Texas

Check your electricity bill now! You may already owe thousands of dollars

How do you know if your home's pipes burst during the freezing weather? Here's what to check for

Tips on how to avoid scams, fake contractors when repairing your home from busted pipes

How FEMA can help you recover from after the winter storm

Monday, Feb. 22 updates

7 p.m.

The City of Copperas Cove announced that the Stage 4B Water Restriction Implementation has been rescinded effective immediately, Monday.

Stage 2 Restrictions were ordered on February 17, followed by an upgrade to Stage 4B on February 20, due to conditions from Winter Storm Uri which prolonged power outages that ultimately reduced the water supply provided to the City of Copperas Cove and surrounding communities.

The Taylor Mountain Water Tank has reached sufficient capacities and the system has been fully charged and brought back online for our residents in the Mountain Top Pressure Plane. 

A Boil Water Notice remains active in this area. Residents will be notified once the notice is lifted.

6:30 p.m.

As part of Killeen Independent School District's continued community-wide recovery efforts, the district served 3,000 meals to students and adults Monday at 11 different locations. Due to increased demand, the district add two more Grab & Go Meal locations beginning Tuesday, February 23, the district said.

Grab & Go meals will be available for pick up between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Former H-E-B parking lot on Gray Street and the parking lot of the Former DMV on Priest Drive in Killeen. Community members should look for the white KISD vans in the parking lots. 

Each location will have 500 meals for any member of the community to pick up free of charge. All meals must be heated before they are eaten.

The Community Feeding program will continue while the district is closed for remediation as a result of the winter storm and boil order notices, the district said. 

12:30 p.m.

Belton ISD to resume classes on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

11:40 a.m.

Multiple phone lines down in Harker Heights

Multiple phone lines are down in the City of Harker Heights, according to Lumen,

Affected numbers include:

Lumen is working to restore services at this time.

Potable water locations, excess trash disposal location in Belton

Stage 5 conditions remain in place for the City of Belton for the next 24 hours.

Potable water is available at these three places:

  • Public Works yard, 1502 Holland Rd. (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Fire Station No. 2, 420 Sparta Rd. (24 hours, self service)
  • Harris Community Center, 401 N. Alexander St. (24 hours, self service)  

Bring your own container and your driver's license or city utility bill to show you are a Belton water customer.

RELATED: LIST | Water distribution locations across Central Texas

Other water updates for Belton:

  • If you have water related questions, please call 254-933-5823.
  • Permit fees for emergency repairs are waived through March 5.
  • Don't operate sprinkler systems until city returns to normal water conditions. 
  • Residents are advised to inspect sprinkler systems, or have them serviced by a professional, before turning them on.

Trash updates for Belton:

  • Trash service and recycling is back on normal schedules this week.
  • Curbside bulk collection is Wednesday for customers with Friday trash collection.
  • Only this week: Thursday and Friday customers can place extra items outside the trash bin for collection
  • Beginning Wednesday, residents with excess trash from last week may dispose of it at the Public Works yard, 1502 Holland Rd., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

11:30 a.m. 

Marlin now a Priority 1 County

The City of Marlin is now a Priority 1 County, according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

In a Facebook post Monday, the mayor, Carolyn Lofton, said this means the resources that the town has been working to get "are expected into this community soon."

In the meantime, she said there are still major leaks around town, which is preventing results being seen in their water towers.

"Water personnel are pumping 1,300 gallons per minute into town. We are now at max pumping. Based on this, we should be seeing results in our towers. We are not," she said in the post.

As a result, the water in the areas at the leaks are being turned off until the pipes are repaired.

For residents still without water, she said H-E-B will have secured non-potable water that can be used to flush toilets. These tanks will be behind City Hall in the overflow parking lot.

How you can help Marlin:

  • If you see a leak in town, report it to City Hall
  • If there is a leak at your home, turn off the water meter. If you need help, contact City Hall for someone to assist you

Copperas Cove resumes regular residential, commercial collections

Residential and commercial collections in Copperas Cove resumed Monday on its regular schedule.

The SW administrative staff was also relocated to the Technological Center, 508 S. 2nd Street due to water damage from an internal pipe breaking at the office.

Phone lines remain out of service.

The Transfer Station and Scale House is now open to the public for use as needed with all standard rates and feels apply. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Methods of payment: cash, check or established charge accounts.

11 a.m.

Temple distributes water, food

On Monday, the City of Temple and Temple ISD will be distributing water and food in certain neighborhoods.

Residents can still pick-up one case of water and a bag of food for their family at one of the following locations. It starts at 12:30 p.m. while supplies last:

  • Grace Temple Ministries, 801 S. 13th St.
  • Meredith-Dunbar Early Childhood Academy, 1717 E. Avenue J
  • Central County Services, 322 S. 22nd St.
  • Canyon Creek Townhomes, 1476 Canyon Creek Dr.
  • Village at Meadowbend, 2787 Martin Luther King Jr Dr.

Churches Touching Lives for Christ, 702 W. Ave. G, will be distributing food from 12:30 p.m. 3:40 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. 

Temple Fire & Rescue is still distributing bottled water at the following locations from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily while supplies last:

  • Central Fire Station, 210 N. 3rd St.
  • Fire Station #2, 1710 E. Ave. H

RELATED: LIST | Water distribution locations across Central Texas

Bell County, Killeen declared a disaster by FEMA, how to get help

A disaster has been declared for Bell County and Killeen due to the winter storm.

FEMA announced individual assistance is available for people who sustained personal and property losses directly related to the storm that began Feb. 11.

Individual assistance can include grants for home repairs, temporary housing and low-cost loans for uninsured property losses.

Applicants are required to inform FEMA of all insurance coverage such as flood, homeowner’s, renter's, etc. that may be available to them. Insured applicants must provide FEMA documentation such as an insurance settlement or denial letter to process their application.

To apply online for disaster assistance, go to DisasterAssistance.gov and select Apply Online. During the application process, select the cause of damage snow/ice and any other damages that may have occurred.

RELATED: How FEMA can help you recover from after the winter storm