With "Very Fluid" Wintry Forecast on Tap, City Hall Gives the Word: Activate Ice Force One!

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This is what happens when the city goes to Ice Force Three: You must stop, collaborate and listen.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for most o' North Texas from late tonight till Sunday evening, but cautions: Sure, it may snow. Could be anywhere from three to five inches, matter of fact. Or not: "This is a very fluid situation and many factors may change the forecast." Nevertheless, City Hall just sent word: It's not taking any chances. Sanding trucks are on standby; so too code compliance. To the release:
Street Services will have crews on stand-by prepared to activate Ice Force One which consists of 30 sanding trucks and crews as needed and will elevate the City's response to Ice Force Two, doubling the force if weather conditions warrant it.

Code Compliance crews are checking for residents and businesses who are violating City rules regarding sprinkler usage during inclement weather. Section 49-21 of the City of Dallas Code governs water conservation regarding sprinklers. The fine for violating the Code is $250 to $2,000 per incident.

Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) has repair crews on standby around-the-clock to respond to any water main breaks that may occur. During extended periods of freezing temperatures, DWU adds additional staff to handle increased burst pipe calls. Customers can report water leaks by calling (214) 651-1441 or 311.

The Dallas Police Department's Crisis Intervention Division will stand by to activate Operation Code Blue to locate unsheltered homeless persons and take them to the Bridge (Dallas Homeless Assistance Center).
Remember, wrap your pipe -- sound advice no matter what the weather.
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Dacey Mathers
Dacey Mathers

That's gonna be a great day since enjoying  snow storm is really a great experience.And everyone would like to enjoy it

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

LOL about sprinkler enforcement! During the summer I drove by the jail at @1:00 PM and the sprinklers were going full blast, including one next to the bus stop that had lost the head and was sending a fountain straight up. A few days later I drove by at the same time and got the same show. It will be interesting to see if the county sprinklers are shut off for the ice storm.

Mr_Weenus
Mr_Weenus

My wife says she's hoping for four inches.

Oh yeah, baby....

Doug in DFW
Doug in DFW

Ha! That caption never gets old. My local eatery stopped down to play David Ball's Hot Water Pipe back to back yesterday.

Please keep ISP connections in your prayers & practice safe pipe protection in 2011.

ChrisU
ChrisU

Ha! Van Winkle, Ice Storm mascot.

LaceyB
LaceyB

"Wrap your pipe"--hysterical!!

Still, going out tomorrow. As of Friday, Dallas proper was supposed to get less than 1". What would really impress me would be if they salted/sanded the sidewalks, not just the roads. Like actual big cities do.

Put that out to your city hall contact. For me.

Crusty Yet Benign
Crusty Yet Benign

NOAA's talking about 4.1 inches where I live.

If any of that sticks then I'm going on yellow alert to make sure no dog takes a leak on my snowman.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

The more I expect and prepare for the frozen stuff, the less likely we're going to get it. I'm not going to do squat to prepare for this one, as a service to the rest of Dallas.

cp
cp

Why do we even need sprinklers in the winter?

Granny
Granny

Thank you, Ted. And I KNOW it's going to rain, because I got the car washed yesterday.

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