North Texas road conditions keep rescuers busy

By: Sophia Wurz Email
By: Sophia Wurz Email

SHERMAN, TX - Dozens of cars were sidelined on Texoma roadways today, as they tried to make their way through the icy weather on up to 1 ½ inches of snow and ice.

As motorists brave the cold, authorities say some are too brave for their own good and remind them that that looks can be deceiving.

"People think, oh well, it's great. I can go out now, but really it's not. The road conditions later in the day are worse now than they were this morning, because the heat from the sun has melted that top layer of snow, and it's just created more ice," said Sergeant Bruce Dawsey with the Sherman Police Department.

He says that all hands are on deck for the Sherman Police Department, and that every one of them is needed.

"We're getting numerous calls, just one after another, as far as stranded motorists, people sliding off the roadways or 18-wheelers being stranded or losing traction," Dawsey said.

That's why he urges drivers not to hit the roads unless it's absolutely necessary. He says the fewer civilians on the roads leaves more first responders available for those who really need them.

"While you're tying up that officer, because you slid off the road, that's delaying someone who might have an emergency situation, a real emergency, life or death," said Dawsey.

Property owners are also urged to protect their pipes and make sure their sprinklers are off, because flowing water can create a winter wonderland that puts the whole community at risk. said Sarah Somers with the Emergency

"Just because the roads may have gotten better on your home on today, and so you think you know what you might encounter tomorrow when you go back out to work, it doesn't mean that there hasn't been a broken pipe between now and tomorrow morning," said Sarah Somers with the Grayson County Emergency Management Office.

Somers was up early this morning checking in with are emergency personnel. She urges residents to check in on neighbors and the elderly.

"The extreme temperatures are hard enough on those of us who enjoy great health. For those others who don't it's really, really hard on them and on our little dogs and animals that have to be out," Somers said.

She also reminds pet owners that outside water bowls may have frozen solid, leaving animals with nothing to drink.


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  • by overworked on Feb 4, 2011 at 06:54 AM
    Right there with you reasonable, as a long term care nurse we have to be there, and the ones that werent caused others to have to come in and leave us with only hope that our residents will get taken care of with the shortage of staff, If you have the luxury of staying home do it; But when you have almost a hundred people that depend on you getting to work for their healthcare all you can do is pray and keep it under 15 mph hehe. Im glad someone took up for us that are depended on to make it to our jobs.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    The biggest idiots are the ones who are getting little kids and babies out in this weather....yesterday our local Braum's was full of young couples with kids...NOT getting milk and bread, but getting hamburgers and ice cream cones for the kids. Risk a child's life for a kiddie meal!@#$%
  • by brittany on Feb 2, 2011 at 07:06 PM
    funny how the news reporters forgot to mention that those two blazers in the video helps pull stranded pedestrians off the side of the road so they could go home and they also helped out a view sherman PD officers as well. Gotta love editing
  • by Joey Location: Denison on Feb 2, 2011 at 04:04 PM
    There wouldn't be near as many traffic problems if all the hillbillies around here kept their speed below 10mph, and stayed at least 10 car lengths behind the guy ahead of them. Ignorant inbreds!
  • by waterman Location: sherman on Feb 2, 2011 at 03:07 PM
    no excuse. what about your water,sewer,power,cable tv,and the internet service that allowed you to post your comment. and the main one, emergency services.
  • by Reasonable on Feb 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM
    @No excuse- Everyone's live are important everyone knows that but some people dont have jobs that shut down because of a snow storm. Hospitals and Nursing Homes and other jobs like that need relief workers to come in. We can't just shut down the town because of a snow storm.
  • by excuse Location: sherman on Feb 2, 2011 at 12:25 PM
    you know some people have to go to work..
  • by No excuse Location: Grayson on Feb 1, 2011 at 08:32 PM
    You know it's real simple... Stay off the roads there is a reason that they post the warnings of hazardous roadways you can go to the blog and see how bad it is.. Pretty self explanatory ice vehicles and roadways.. Don't mix!! Your life is more important than WORK.. There is no reason to be out on the roads unless it's an emergency!! Come on people stay home!! If it's groceries well you had plenty of time to do that BEFORE the storm...
  • by Justin Shrum on Feb 1, 2011 at 06:40 PM
    That is my brother in the blue and white blazer
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