With freezing temperatures and precipitation in the forecast, the City of Coppell wants residents to rest assured that preparations are well underway.
“We’re keeping a close eye on the weather and tracking the incoming cold front,” said Fire Chief Kevin Richardson. “The City has plans in place, equipment on hand, and staff ready to provide our residents with necessary services.”
City staff has spent the last many days checking fuel levels in generators, protecting pipes at City facilities and parks, and prepping ice melt and sand. Public Works crews plan to begin spreading ice melt on roadways and bridges as the freezing precipitation nears.
“We perform de-icing procedures on major roadways in town, but not typically on residential streets, sidewalks, and driveways,” said Kent Collins, Director of Public Works. “If you do have to get out on the roads later this week, please be careful and drive with caution.”
In addition to de-icing roadways, City staff is prepared to face any challenges coming down the pipe as the weather warms and frozen plumbing begins to thaw. Coppell’s water storage tanks are full, ensuring that plenty of potable water is on hand. Utility Billing staff will also be available to monitor water usage data and alert customers to potential problems.
Coppell residents are encouraged to prepare, as well. The City of Coppell's Emergency Management division recommends all residents utilize three different methods of emergency notification, such as text or email alerts from NotifyCoppell, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) All-Hazards Radio, and a smartphone application. Prepare your home by insulating exposed pipes, dripping faucets, and testing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure you have necessary supplies – medications, diapers, baby formula, food, and water – on hand now, before the roadways become slick and trips to the store become hazardous. Visit the City’s Preparing for Winter Weather page for more information or to view the full checklist.
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