Skip Navigation Links
Front Page
About GNSExpand About GNS
CommunitiesExpand Communities
EducationExpand Education
Links Directory
Medicine & Science
Opinion/ForumExpand Opinion/Forum
Public Safety

Houston Mayor's Office
News Release
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner today held a news conference regarding the winter weather conditions impacting the city.

Turner started by thanking Houstonians for heeding advisories and staying off the streets for the most part.

“It's kept people safe, so I want to thank people, number one, for staying off the roads,” Turner said, advising residents to remain off the streets if possible through today, and to remain at their homes.

He noted that freezing conditions are anticipated to remain through noon Wednesday. Listen (26:55) To view a video of the news conference, Click Here

Various department heads in the city provided updates concerning streets, safety for heating, the availability of warming centers, power outages, airport operations and hospital operations in the city.

Jeff Weatherford, Deputy Director of Public Works and Engineering for Transportation and Drainage Operations, provided an update on street conditions. Weatherford stated that crews had been pre-treating bridges and elevated roadways. He stated that there were two reports of icing on roadways.

“Right now, we seem to be in fair shape,” he said, but echoed advice to remain off roads if possible.

Turner asked residents to call 3-1-1 and report icy conditions on the roads.

Robery Holly with the American Red Cross noted that warming centers are available at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, which is already opening, and South Main Baptist Church, which will open at noon.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo reported that there had been traffic collissions, but none appeared to have weather as a cause. He stated that units are monitoring overpasses.

Frank LeBlanc with CenterPoint Energy noted that there were 11,000 outages in the area, which has 2.4 million customers. Crews are responding to outages, but he stated that restoration could take longer due to weather conditions.

Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Airport are open, with some flight cancellations taking place.

Turner said that the city will “make a call” regarding Wednesday as weather progresses. Turner noted that the city council meeting on Wednesday will begin at 10 a.m. instead of 9 a.m.

Remembering Jim Guidry

Guidry News Service is headquartered in Midtown Houston.
at 4001 Fannin Street, Suite 4109, Houston, TX. 77004-4077
(409) 763 NEWS(6397)
© 1996, Guidry News Service. Duplication of any part of this website in any manner is prohibited.