City of Lubbock prepares for winter blast - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/6/10

City of Lubbock prepares for winter blast

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A news release from the City of Lubbock states that the city is preparing for an extreme winter blast. Street crews will be monitoring City streets and will to do so day and night for the next few days or until weather conditions improve. Crews will begin salting operations if conditions warrant.

While the extreme temperatures are not expected to pose a problem for underground water mains, City crews are monitoring lines and are prepared to fix breaks that might occur. If water main breaks do occur, please contact the City by calling 311 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Outside of those times, please call 775-2555.

The NewsChannel 11 First Alert Forecast expects Thursday to be bitter cold with sub-zero wind chills likely early and mostly cloudy. Friday, there is a chance of snow, cloudy, very cold.

This will be the coldest spell in Lubbock since December of 2005, and may come close to those in the '80s. Consider the potential affects on your kids, pets, and plumbing of 60 or more hours of freezing temperatures.

The City encourages Lubbock residents to make sure their homes are prepared for the cold weather. Water pipes are vulnerable to extreme weather changes. Here are a couple of tips for protecting your water pipes:

  • Disconnect and drain outdoor gardening hoses.
  • Let your indoor faucets drip.
  • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from your home to circulate.
  • Locate your home's main water valve in case you need to turn off water to your home. The main water valve is usually located where the main waterline enters your house.
  • Make sure your irrigation system is turned off. Also, turn off the system's isolation valve, which is typically located close to your water meter.
  • If you will be going on vacation, leave your home's thermostat set to a reasonable temperature.

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