HOUSTON’S PLAN FOR THE SEVERE WINTER WEATHER!

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The City of Houston is responding to the winter weather currently impacting our City.  Crews from various City departments are on standby to ensure that dangerous situations can be remedied quickly and safely.

There has been moderate precipitation within the limits of the City of Houston, but as the morning progresses, residents can expect to see additional moisture in the form of freezing rain.

The City of Houston will be open for business today.  Employees and residents traveling throughout Houston are urged to exercise caution, and to plan extra time in their commutes this morning.

The City has activated the Emergency Operations Center to support emergency response personnel across the City.  As of 4:00am, emergency responses were at normal levels, and no increased impacts were being seen in the area of motor vehicle accidents as a result of the weather.

Houston Airport System

The Houston Airport System is not reporting any widespread delays at either Hobby (HOU) or George Bush Intercontinental (IAH).  Residents who are scheduled for flights out of HOU or IAH should contact their airline before making their way to the airport, as some flights have been canceled due to conditions at other airports. More information is available at fly2houston.com.

Preventative measures have been taken on the runways to prevent the formation of ice, and operations teams are on standby to assist airlines in the event they need to de-ice planes.

Houston Police Department

HPD is asking residents who are involved in minor accidents without injuries to please move vehicles to the side of the road or off of freeways, exchange information, take pictures of damage and move on. Police will respond to accidents with injuries and immovable vehicles. Residents can take the information collected and either return to a police station at a later time to make a report, or make a report online at houstonpolice.org. HPD also reminds drivers to not stand in the roadway after an accident for their safety.

Public Works & Engineering Department

Crews from the City’s Public Works & Engineering Department have been pre-treating bridges and overpasses since Monday.  They are monitoring weather conditions, and are prepared to begin the process of spreading “chat rock” over areas where ice is reported.  Houston residents who see ice on City roadways should contact Houston 311 to report it.