What follows is a Media News Release from the City of Missouri City that was distributed on January 8, 2010. The Media News Release was provided by Stacie Walker, Public Information Manager for the City.
With winter’s bluster blowing in, Missouri City is prepared to respond to emergency situations and encourages residents to protect their homes and drive safely.
“We will closely monitor the weather as we focus to protect the City’s infrastructure and on events placing anyone in harm’s way,” John Sheffield, the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator, said Thursday.
In addition to the City’s Police and Fire departments being on alert, the Public Works Department is also closely monitoring road conditions. “We have taken preventive measures and partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation to spray a chemical on Trammel Fresno Bridge to help prevent icy conditions from forming,” Assistant Public Works Director Sharon Valiante said. Spraying the bridge is essential because it is the first to ice in extreme cold weather. Additionally, “we are prepared to close any bridges or roadways that become a safety hazard to residents,” Valiante said.
The City is also working to protect cats and dogs housed in the Animal Shelter. “We bring the animals inside when it’s cold—all the kennel doors to the outside are closed and they are locked inside,” Animal Control Supervisor Juan Acevedo said. He added that “the shelter has central heat, which is on at all times and blankets are provided for the smaller dogs. Staff comes in on Saturday and Sunday to monitor the animals.”
Cold temperatures can cause expensive damage to homes and businesses. To avoid the hassle of dealing with water pipes that freeze and burst, damaged sprinkler systems and swimming pools, homeowners are encouraged to do the following before freezing occurs:
- Protect faucets, outdoor pipes, and exposed pipes in unheated areas by wrapping them with rags, newspaper, trash bags, or plastic foam.
- Insulate your outdoor water meter box and be sure its lid is on tight.
- Cover any vents around your home’s foundation.
- Drain and store water hoses indoors.
- Protect outdoor electrical pumps.
- Drain swimming pool circulation systems or keep the pump motor running. (Run the pump motor only in a short freeze. Running the motor for long periods could damage it.)
- Drain water sprinkler supply lines.
- Open the cabinets under sinks in your kitchen and bathrooms to allow heated indoor air to circulate around the water pipes.
- Set your thermostat at a minimum temperature of 55 degrees, especially when you’re gone for the day or away for an extended period.
- Let indoor faucets drip.
- Make sure you know where your home’s shut-off valve is and how to turn it on and off.
- If you leave town, consider turning off your water at the shut-off valve while faucets are running to drain your pipes. Make sure you turn the faucets off before you turn the shut-off valve back on.
- If you drain your pipes, contact your electric or gas utility company for instructions on protecting your water heater.
For additional questions or concerns, residents are asked to call 281-403-8970, from 7a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 281-403-8700 after hours.