Gov. Perry activates state resources to help South Plains

Posted by Karin Slyker | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Governor Rick Perry has directed the activation of state resources, including Texas Military Forces personnel, high profile vehicles and other resources to assist motorists during a severe winter storm threatening Texas communities in the Lubbock and surrounding area.

"This severe weather system has created dangerous conditions for drivers, especially as many families take to the roads during the holiday, and I urge Texans in the communities impacted by this storm to be cautious, pay attention to changing weather conditions and heed warnings from your local officials," Perry said. "As this storm continues to move through Texas, the state is taking precautionary measures to assist the impacted communities, and I appreciate the brave men and women who are always ready to respond to an event that places Texans in harm's way."

Severe blizzard conditions are occurring along Highway 84 south of Lubbock in Garza County, creating dangerous driving conditions. Local law enforcement, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Texas Military Forces will continue to assist motorists and any potential rescues. Garza County has also experienced massive power outages.  DPS helicopters are standing by to survey the area and help provide additional assistance as soon as wind conditions allow.

The following state resources have been activated:

  • 25 Texas Military Forces personnel and 10 high profile vehicles
  • All TxDOT vehicles in the impacted and surrounding area continue to provide road side assistance and clear snow from the roadways
  • All DPS troopers in the impacted areas and surrounding area are on duty to provide assistance to motorists and others, and the DPS Disaster District in Lubbock is fully activated

The State Operations Center is fully activated and working with the National Weather Service to closely monitor this severe weather event and others.

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