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Tyler preparing for freezing temperatures

Released by The City of Tyler:

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The City of Tyler Streets Department is advising residents and businesses to turn off any irrigation and sprinkler equipment that could potentially reach streets and sidewalks in preparation for the coming week's freezing conditions.

"We have had several incidents in the past where sprinklers have moistened adjacent roadways causing ice to form and creating hazardous driving conditions," commented Public Works Director Greg Morgan. "We recommend shutting these systems down until the freezing conditions have passed."

In response to imminent freezing weather, the City of Tyler has taken the following steps to prepare:

  • Sand trucks have been fully loaded and stand ready should icy conditions manifest. However, the Police Department advises to avoid the following areas should the temperature fall below freezing: Beckham Street Overpass near Gentry Parkway, Fifth Street Overpass near Beckham, Fleischel and Saunders Overpass, Shiloh Road east of Paluxy (sloping road),  and Loop 49 at overpasses;
  • City crews will be on standby should sanding be needed;
  • Sprinklers in the median flower beds have been turned off to prevent ice from forming on the streets;
  • The airport has completed all winter storm preparation procedures, including ensuring that de-icing material is available, checking all generators to confirm they are operational, preparing sidewalk cleaning equipment and materials, and readying tractors for quick response.  Airport employees will be on call.  Travelers are urged to check the City web page at www.CityofTyler.org for the latest flight information;
  • In the event of extreme weather, Transit service may be briefly postponed or cancelled. Check the City web page for the latest information; and

Residents are strongly urged to stay indoors during icy conditions and limit unnecessary driving.

The following information on storm preparations was disseminated by the State of Texas:

Winter Weather Emergency checklist


      • Blankets/sleeping bags and extra clothing, including mittens and hat
      • Cell phone, radio, flashlight, extra batteries, booster cables
      • First-aid kit, high-calorie, non-perishable food and bottled water
      • Sack of sand or cat litter for de-icing roadway
      • Windshield scraper , tool kit, tow rope and shovel


If heavy ice on power lines cuts off utility service, be extremely careful using generators or gas powered equipment. Carbon monoxide (CO) is invisible, odorless, deadly and can build up in a matter of minutes. Do not use generators, charcoal grills or gas grills inside the house, garage or other enclosed space. Do not try to heat the house using a gas range or oven. Be prepared at home or work with these supplies:

      • Battery-powered NOAA weather radio, extra batteries
      • Emergency supplies of food, water,  medicine, medical supplies and items needed by babies or the elderly
      • Heating fuel in the event fuel carriers cannot get through
      • Properly ventilated emergency heating source such as a fireplace, wood stove or space heater
      • Fire extinguisher, smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector.
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