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UPDATE: Houston To Welcome Warmer Temperatures Soon

Temperatures will remain warmer for the weekend, and Sunday we could be back in the 70s

Temperatures will remain warmer for the weekend, and Sunday we could be back in the 70s.

Freeze warning is over, but cold remain in the 40s. Mayor Sylvester Turner urged Houstonians to drive carefully on Thursday morning because of the extremely low temperatures.  

The Texas Department of Transportation scattered spotters around Houston to help break any ice. Due to current road conditions, all HOV lanes will remain closed in the morning. Roads could still have issues, especially if there are broken pipes or sprinklers nearby.

The good news is we are not expecting any additional rain or ice Thursday.

Temperatures will remain warmer for the weekend, and Sunday we could be back in the 70s.

Houstonians took social media to express their concerns about some frozen pipes.

Here is what to do if a pipe bursts in your home: (Information via Red Cross)

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

Boil water notice issued for parts of Pearland

A boil water notice has been issued for neighborhoods in Pearland, west of State Highway 288.  

Pearland officials said a major equipment failure at the Kirby Water Production facility now requires those residents to boil water prior to any consumption, and before doing activities like washing your hands or face, and brushing your teeth.

City of Pearland Director of Communications Sparkle Anderson said the cold weather was a contributing factor to the equipment failure.

“Our public works crews have been out all night, assessing the issue. And watching the water pressure. And the pressure levels are stable, back up from what they were yesterday. And the samples have been taken and rushed over to a lab,” Anderson said. “Many residents in that area came online about the same time, increased pressure, this is a unique issue to us and not something I’ve experienced in recent years.” 

Anderson said at the very earliest, this boil water notice could be lifted tomorrow morning but, only after testing is complete.

The City of Pearland provided a map of the impacted areas:

In an e-mailed statement, the City of Pearland said:

“Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions. To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.  When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the City of Pearland water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes. Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the City of Pearland water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.​”

In a tweet, Pearland officials said, “At the earliest, we will rescind the notice Friday morning following some required testing.”

Cold snap eases in Texas, some outdoor deaths investigated

The winter weather took three lives in greater Houston. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said the body of an 82-year-old woman was found Wednesday in some woods and she likely died from exposure.

Officials said a homeless man found dead Tuesday in Houston apparently died of exposure.

The other was a motorist who was fatally struck by another vehicle on the Gulf Freeway as he exited his car to check on possible damage to it after losing control because of the icy roadways, according to the Houston Police Department.

The Smith County Sheriff‘s Office said an 83-year-old woman was found dead Wednesday near Lindale. Authorities believe she wandered outside amid frigid conditions.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner‘s Office said autopsy results were pending Thursday on a woman found dead a day earlier at a Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus stop, with her wheelchair nearby. An autopsy was pending on a homeless man found dead in Dallas.

After ice, some Louisiana interstates still shut

Louisiana is struggling to dig out of an unusual blast of winter weather that shuttered interstates, burst pipes and closed schools and government offices.

Every interstate in Baton Rouge remained closed Thursday morning, including Interstates 10 and 12, which were blocked to motorists across the southeastern stretch of the state.

The transportation department hopes sunshine and above-freezing temperatures will help thaw the icy thoroughfares.

State offices remained closed in 34 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, along with Louisiana State University, because of worries about hazardous road conditions. LSU officials said they’ll have to change the academic calendar to make up classes missed.

Residents were asked to conserve electricity or face possible rolling outages, and people in some parishes were told to turn off or boil water because of low pressure.

 

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