Consider This... The City's Handling of Winter Weather - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Consider This... The City's Handling of Winter Weather

Good news and bad news this week. First we'll get the bad out of the way. The city of Lubbock wasn't prepared for last week's snowstorm and putting hundreds of citizen's safety at risk.   

Reports were that city crews were not even working on roads until the morning after 3 inches of snow fell in Lubbock. Consequently, police responded to almost 200 car mishaps and collisions that morning. 

We were told no one from the city was even assigned to check the roads overnight because they weren't expecting the snow. Well I watched John Robison's forecast and he called for 1 to 3 inches of snow the day before and our news department worked overnight to gather school closings and delays for our morning viewers. Yet, the people who are paid with our tax dollars to make it safer, just flat out weren't ready! That's embarrassing!

Now the good news! City management quickly admitted their mistake and responded. They've changed their policy to have someone check the roads and weather during the night in order to get crews out earlier!

On a related note, bravo to the Texas Department of Transportation who did have salt trucks out all night. The result, fewer accidents on the interstate and state highways around Lubbock.

So consider this, snow doesn't fall often around here, so when it does, the city should be better prepared. We're told they are. Time will tell.

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