The Duncan Banner

Homepage

December 11, 2013

City tackles winter weather

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.

1
Text Only
Local News
4-20 bestinshow - carshow.jpg

Deral Knight of Rockport, Texas, won the Best In Show Award for his 1959 Chevy Corvette, which he first bought for his wife and then later restored to its current mint condition. Knight is a former Duncan resident.

Features
Sports
  • Outlaws have chance to host regionals

    The Marlow baseball team has had to overcome some adversity in recent weeks, but coach Jeff Brewer is confident the team will get back on track.
    The past week started with a road game at Blanchard, ranked seventh in Class 4A, last Tuesday. Then came a tough outing at home against Class 4A Newcastle Thursday and a showdown Friday at Sterling, ranked fourth in Class A.

    April 20, 2014

  • Tennis teams place second
  • Bronchos boast top-notch backstops
Education
Opinion
  • Governor, state Legislature have misplaced priorities

    If the Oklahoma State Legislators and our Governor spent less time interfering in women’s rights to manage their bodies, creating ways to lay more taxes and fees on the middle class in order to generate more tax breaks which benefit only the wealthy while also conceiving methods with which to fill Oklahoma’s for-profit prisons, they would be doing all of us a favor. Instead, why not work to enhance funding for our schools and wage increases for all school employees? While reforming the state’s educational budget, why don’t they approve wage increases for our Oklahoma State Troopers and enlarge their Academy to insure qualified individuals are ready to fill the upcoming vacancies as many of the older force retire?

    April 9, 2014

  • Self government key to keeping politicians in check

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that federal campaign laws that limit the total amount of money donors can give to political parties, committees and candidates for federal office (U.S. House, Senate, and President) was unconstitutional. The ruling will not increase the current $2,600 limit on how much a donor can give to a federal candidate in each primary and general election or the $32,400 limit that can go to a national party committee. Those limits are still in place.  The ruling will instead remove the limit on how many candidates/committees to which a donor can contribute.

    April 9, 2014