Austinites make last-minute freeze preparations



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Posted on January 6, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 9:46 PM

AUSTIN -- When winter freezes come, people run to their local hardware stores.

"I was afraid if it got below 20, it might freeze my outdoor faucets,” said Philip Wright.

He came in looking for a cover and found one. He had already disconnected his garden hose, as experts recommend, and placed a temporary wrap around the faucet. He took that off and replaced it with his new cover.

Homeowners are also encouraged to avoid frozen pipes by insulating any that are outdoor or exposed, especially in weather that might reach record lows.

"It might. I don’t want any burst pipes," said Wright.

You'll see plenty of covered plants around, but not many people out and about. Normally you’ll find crowds of people jogging around Lady Bird Lake, but Monday it was sparse -- except for Jim David, who was taking his dog, Roscoe, for a run.

"It doesn't bother us too much with the right clothing, but I’d rather have it warmer," said Miller.

Roscoe's an indoor dog, so he'll be safe, but authorities want to remind pet owners to bring them in or provide shelter.

In the meantime, Wright said he enjoys winters in Texas. He used to live in Pittsburgh.

"One winter was all I could take," Wright said, laughing.

Following a 30-inch snowfall and temperatures 15 degrees below zero, he said he doesn't mind these rare Texas freezes.