The Duncan Banner

December 11, 2013

City tackles winter weather

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Throughout the recent cold front and accompanying precipitation, the City of Duncan has worked to make streets driveable and to repair leaking water mains.

Scott Vaughn, Duncan Public Works director, said Street and Water departments have been busy throughout the city as a result of colder temperatures, and recent snowfall and freezing rain.

“The Street Department was pretty much busy all weekend putting down salt and sand,” Vaughn said.

A third of the way through December, temperatures have started dropping to the lowest they’ve been all year.

Friday and Monday lows settled at 10 degrees, which is the coldest temperature of the year. Not only that, but 10 degrees is also the coldest temperature recorded in Duncan since January 2010, when temperatures dropped to 8 degrees.

Additionally, ice has continued to be a present hindrance for many communities throughout Stephens County. All school districts in the county have canceled classes for the past few days because of re-freezing of roadways.

Vaughn said the Street Department has tried to make many of the main roads passable to increase driver safety throughout Duncan. He said, as temperatures rise above freezing, much of the remaining ice will begin to melt away.

Tuesday, the high temperature was at 38 degrees by 3 p.m. The low remained at 18 degrees. Vaughn said he hopes it won’t take long for things to get back to normal.

The Water Department has responded to numerous water main leaks. Since temperatures have gotten colder, the more water main leaks are being reported and responded to.

“It’s most likely related to the weather,” Vaughn said.

According to the Weather Channel website, temperatures should continue warming up, with highs reaching 52 degrees Friday. But Friday also has a 40 percent chance of rainfall and the low temperature is expected to be about 30 degrees.

Saturday has a 10 percent chance of precipitation, too. High temperatures will be back down to 43 degrees that day, with lows continuing to be blow freezing at 26 degrees.

By Sunday, high temperatures are expected to return to the 50s, according to the website.