Tuesday, April 13, 2021

City Prepares for Latest Winter Storm

Just as the last remnants of last week’s storm are melting away, the City of Southlake is getting ready for another cold blast on Wednesday.

Tuesday morning the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for Southlake from midnight to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.  The storm could bring first rain and then sleet and snow to the area.  Residents are advised to be prepared.

“During weather events like these it’s always good to have your home well stocked with supplies,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Colleen Crocker.  “Ample water, and food are a must and keeping those supplies easily accessible is also a good idea.”  The Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Management Division has also put together a suggested list of Winter Storm and Ice Storm supplies and tips.  “Residents should review the lists before the storm hits to make sure they are prepared,” added Crocker.

Residents are also reminded to protect the “3 Ps” pipes, pets and plants.  Keep the pipes dripping and the heater on to prevent the pipes from freezing inside your home and business.  Bring pets inside and move other animals to sheltered areas.  Finally bring potted plants inside or store in the garage near an interior wall to provide warmth and protection.

Southlake DPS Police Services have assigned all motorcycle officers to patrol cars to assist with accidents and unsafe driving complaints.  “For the safety of everyone on the roads including emergency personnel, drivers are asked to use caution if they must use the roads during this weather event,” said Police Chief Robert Finn.

Southlake Public Works crews are preparing its personnel and gear for an all-day event.   “All three sanders are prepped and ready for the possibility of foul weather beginning after midnight,” said Deputy Public Works Deputy Director Chuck Kendrick.  More than 300 tons of sand is stockpiled and crews will pick up an additional 6,000 pounds of salt Tuesday afternoon.  Kendrick also said that sanding priorities include major thoroughfares, hills, intersections, overpasses and any requests for sand from Southlake DPS.

Duncan Disposal and the City of Southlake are in constant communication regarding garbage and recycling pickup. Wednesday is not a pickup day for any residential customers, but Tuesday/Thursday customers should check with www.MySouthlakeNews.com or follow the city on Twitter or Facebook for information about Thursday’s pickup.

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