Officials: Freezing weather caused minimal issues in Seguin, Guadalupe County | Alert

Freezing rain and freezing temperatures caused disruption Thursday in Guadalupe County, but things weren’t as bad as some imagined.

Rescue workers in Seguin and Guadalupe counties described events on Thursday and Friday morning as fairly calm and said they were looking to return to businesses as usual as temperatures began to rise from the freezing basement on Friday. afternoon.

“This hasn’t been a very exciting weather event for the fire department,” Seguin Fire Chief Dale Skinner said. “Thursday we did some wreckage on the I-10, no major injuries or anything.”

Between about 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, the Seguin Fire Department responded to a handful of crashes on the Interstate 10 overpass at U.S. Highway 90, he said.

During the period and in the area, a few 18-wheeler trucks jackknifed, other vehicles lost control and struck wires, and wreckage involved multiple vehicles, Skinner said.

Ice on bridges has caused collisions and traffic problems, he said.

“At least two of them closed I-10 for a little while,” Skinner said. “The 18-wheelers had blocked the highway. (Part of the highway has been) Temporarily closed until we can get the 18 wheelers straight. It wasn’t very long.

Things remained calm on Friday but city firefighters responded to their first weather-related fire call in the early afternoon, the chief said.

The call came from Cargill, a pet food store in Seguin, where crews arrived to find water leaking from a sprinkler system, Skinner said.

“We were called in for a sprinkler activation and it was more than likely due to the sprinkler system freezing and bursting the pipes,” he said Friday. “When they thaw, we start making those calls. Those are the calls we expect to make a lot today.

Friday afternoon saw the closure of the Guadalupe County Emergency Operations Center, which officials partially activated early Thursday morning, emergency management coordinator Patrick Pinder said.

Reports of adverse weather conditions prompted the activation of the center, he said.

Until about noon Friday, they monitored things like road and weather conditions, total rainfall and service calls, emergency calls and more, Pinder said. They saw no increase in emergency calls due to the weather incident, he said.

“I think the decrease in traffic on highways and roads has been attributed to the closure of several businesses and schools due to the potential for road icing,” Pinder said.

Several public schools in and around Guadalupe County canceled classes Thursday and Friday.

Non-essential offices in the town of Seguin were closed Thursday and Friday, including the town hall, the Development Services Center and other administrative offices, the municipal court, the Seguin public library and the golf course Starcke Park.

Guadalupe County offices were closed Thursday but reopened Friday morning after conditions improved significantly Thursday evening, Pinder said.

While the emergency operations center was active, staff received no reports of weather-related incidents, he said.

“The operations center was closed because the National Weather Service was not expecting any additional precipitation in the forecast and also with temperatures above freezing around noon Friday,” Pinder said.

Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a few weather-related calls Thursday for dogs left outside in the cold, Lt. Javier Luna said. Deputies spoke to the owners and the owners took corrective action, but that was about the extent of the weather-related calls for the office, he said.

Area residents contributed to the low number of negative weather-related incidents, Skinner said.

“Our residents heeded the warnings and stayed off the roads,” he said.

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