Crews Prepare For Possible Ice Storm

TxDOT crews haul sand pile after sand pile onto a dump truck, taking advantage of Thursday's clear and sunny skies for what may be headed our way Friday.

"We always plan for the worst and hope for the best," said TxDOT spokesperson Larry Krantz.

Making sure every truck is loaded with sand and gas and ready to go, crews know they're on call for the night.

"There have been times in the past where our guys have worked 12 to 18 hour shifts because of ice, so we're hoping that this isn't going to be one of those situations. But we're ready for what comes our way," Krantz said.

And it's the same story over in Rains County, one of the first areas in East Texas expected to get hit.

"We're getting our equipment ready. We'll have dump trucks, a back hose and chainsaws. If it's an ice storm then fallen trees might be a problem," said Rains County Road and Bridge administrator Lee Rolland.

The possible ice storm is expected to hit Rains County at about five or six Friday morning, but the Road and Bridge Department said it won't be the first time they have dealt with severe weather, and that's why they know to start preparations the day before.

But perhaps there is no one who knows more about being prepared for a storm than the electric delivery company Oncor.

"We prepare for this on a regular basis. We go through all the drills, even in the summer, to prepare us for any storm," said Charles Hill, Region Customer Operations Manager for Oncor.

The company said it can't anticipate a power outage, but they're ready if it happens.

"We've designed a lot of flexibility into both our electrical system and our people system that allow us to break our crews up into smaller groups and send them to where they need to be so they can respond very quickly," he said.

It's been a day full of preparations so that, hopefully, no East Texan will be stranded in their home without power or in their car on a frozen bridge.

On a side note, the defending National Champion TJC Baseball Team was set to open their season Friday. But with the threat of bad weather, the season opener has been postponed.

The Apaches will now open the season Saturday at 2:00PM at Mike Carter Field against Texas College. They will play a double header on Sunday beginning at 1:00PM.

Tracy Watler, Reporting