Looking back at the city's response to Friday's icy weather

Is San Antonio ready for more ice?

Author: Justin Horne, Meteorologist/Reporter, jhorne@ksat.com
Published On: Jan 27 2014 05:29:38 PM CST
Is San Antonio ready for more ice

Just days after San Antonio saw icy roads, another dose of light wintry weather is in the forecast. 

A light wintry mix could affect parts of South Texas Tuesday, but is not expected to cause the widespread problems similar to the ones the area experienced Friday.

Lessons learned may be applied as numbers show it was very busy for city crews on Friday.  From 8:30 p.m. Thursday to 2 p.m. Friday, 2,462 calls came into local law enforcement, with 173 major crashes, and 414 minor accidents. 

So many accidents occurred during the morning hours that slow response resulted in drivers abandoning their vehicles.

"On top of that, we had multiple calls for downed power lines and we had several dozen calls of people who were falling on ice Friday morning,” said San Antonio Fire Department spokesperson Christian Bove.

Emergency crews were stretched thin, but did manage to close down dangerous roadways and overpasses throughout town. San Antonians had mixed feelings about how the city handled the icy roads.

"I think they did really well,” said San Antonio resident Fred Godines.

"There were more abandoned cars than I expected there to be, but I think the city handled it well,” said Erika Mihalski.

Meanwhile, there were some who believed the city could have done more.

"They should have closed (roads) earlier, and get some more crew members out there,” said George Gamez.

Planning between city and county agencies played a key role along with preparation and awareness for the weather event.

"It could have been a lot worse had more people been out on the roads,” added Bove, who believed many heeded the warnings.

All agencies will once again be on standby for Tuesday, should icy weather return to South Texas.

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