Power out at eight Sulphur homes

By By Kara Carrier / American Press

SULPHUR — In preparation for another round of winter weather, Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan said the city started stockpiling supplies to treat roads and bridges on Monday.

According to Duncan, crews started treating roads and bridges at 4 a.m. Tuesday.

"Our crews will bunker down overnight in our new Public Works building so that we can continue to address emergency situations," he said. "We will be keeping crews going throughout the night so they will be able to put sand on the roads and monitor the bridges that are needed."

Duncan said that as of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, no wrecks had been reported. However, he said, there were two electrical outages affecting about eight homes. Areas that lost power were off Hazel Street and Pearl and Crocker streets, he said.

"This is what we were afraid of," Duncan said. "We are hoping to have service restored by 4 p.m., but unfortunately as the weather continues to deteriorate we are expecting to see those outage numbers go up."

Duncan said crews will continue to treat roads and bridges throughout the storm. Duncan also said he is encouraging residents to stay off the roads tonight and Wednesday because it's going to get colder and the ice will not melt.

"We are comparing this to the Ice Storm of '97," Duncan said. "After that time, the forefathers of the city came in and started inputting generators in all the plants for water and sewage. So even last week, we monitored all the generators and made sure they were all up and running."

According to Duncan, this week the city did the same thing but went a step further by checking chainsaws because of the possibility of limbs from trees falling.

"When the crews go around, they look at the trees to see if any icicles are hanging so we can be proactive," he said. "What we are worried about is the sleet in the evening and overnnight hours."

Duncan said the city will continue to work with DOTD and monitor the weather.