Weather Aware conditions continue overnight due to the potential for locally heavy rainfall. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7 a.m. for the northernmost portions of Texoma including Atoka, Coal, Johnston, Murray and Pontotoc Counties Beware of flooded road-ways and never drive around barricades or into water more than six inches deep. High rainfall rates may reduce visibility and also increase the risk of hydroplaning. Turn around, don’t drown! Rain ends NW to SE during the day Thursday.
4-14-06 - To help save gas money the city of Sherman is not sitting idly by. Sherman city officials asked their employees to submit idea on what it would take to cut down on fuel costs.
Last month a maintenance worker came up with the answer of turning off the engine. With a fleet of 275 vehicles on the road the city’s gas bill runs between $48,000-$54,000 per month. One way they hope to reduce that number means to cut back in idling or leaving the engine running, but not in drive. Now all employees driving city vehicles must turn off the engine when parked for over five minutes.
Mechanics say idling your car for longer than that burns more fuel then it takes to turn it back on. City officials also hope the campaign will prevent unnecessary pollution and excess wear and tear on vehicle engines.
Some vehicles are exceptions of the “idling” rule such as ambulances, fire trucks, etc; which must remain idle in emergency situations.