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Ice storm recovery ongoing

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Ice accumulates on a tree branch during Winter Storm Mara Feb. 1. Photo by Fernando Castro

Frustrations continue to thaw after ice froze local life last week.Winter Storm Mara blew through Bastrop County and much of the U.S. last Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 31-Feb. 3. Power outages, icy roads, freezing rain and temperatures, and downed trees forced closures and kept residents home as they waited for safe travel conditions and places to reopen. A disaster declaration was issued in Elgin Monday, Feb. 6.“The city of Elgin, Texas, is facing significant threats to life, health and property caused by fire, falling trees, tree limbs, downed power lines and utility poles,” said McShan in a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott. “The potential impact of this threat ...

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