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City of Tyler sends crews to de-ice major bridges, roadways

Blake Holland speaks with City of Tyler officials for an update on the city's current water woes.
Blake Holland speaks with City of Tyler officials for an update on the city's current water woes.
Updated: Feb. 19, 2021 at 11:51 AM CST
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UPDATED 4:34 P.M., FRIDAY, FEB. 19

City of Tyler officials have stated that sanding trucks have been deployed to help de-ice major bridges, overpasses and around hospitals. The county crews and contractor are utilizing three maintainers to clear snow and ice on major arterials in the city. Supplies Stockpiles of crushed aggregate and de-icer remain good.

Residents are advised to keep their distance from the trucks so the crews can do their jobs safely

Traffic Signals

Many intersections have restored power. As long as the power source remains stable, staff will begin taking intersections out of red flash, removing stop signs and restoring full colors to intersections.

Drivers are urged to drive slow and treat an intersection as a four-way stop if the traffic signal is not working.

Residents can report traffic signal outages by calling the Tyler Police Department non-emergency number at (903) 531-1000.

Electricity

ONCOR has reported that the grid is stable and that they are back to normal operations in Tyler.

Contact Oncor at 1-888-313-4747 to report power outages and downed power lines.

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The City of Tyler say they are working to fully restore water service, but to do so it is “urgently” necessary that residents stop dripping their pipes.

“The city is working very hard to maintain water pressure but it is becoming increasingly difficult. We have two immediate requests: Please do not run water to prevent pipes from freezing. Turn off the water if pipes have burst,” said City of Tyler Director of Marketing & Communications Julie Goodgame. “In order for us to meet current water demand levels, we must be able to refill our elevated water tanks and towers. This normally takes place overnight, when water consumption is very low. But because of the community-wide faucet drip to prevent freezing, this has not occurred.”

Goodgame said this request is urgent, as Tyler’s hospitals and dialysis patients depend on adequate water pressure for life-saving measures.

“We will work with local non-profits to assist people without insurance, seniors and others who have suffered a lot of water-related damage due to frozen pipes bursting,” Goodgame said.

The City of Tyler’s boil water notice remains in effect.

STREET CLOSURE

Tyler Police Department has closed Paluxy Drive southbound from Jeff Davis Dr. and northbound from Cumberland Road due to dangerous weather conditions and a semi-truck stranded in the roadway.

Tyler Police officers are directing traffic and we ask that you use alternate routes and avoid this area.

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