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December 10, 2013

Ice storm cripples county

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City crews sanded roads around Palo Pinto General Hospital, Holiday Hills Country Club, SE 6th Street and NW 23rd Street, including the intersection on NW 23rd and North Oak.

He said city crews also cleared some streets with blades.

On Monday, Jones said his crews had plans to blade SE Martin Luther King Jr. Street from Oak to SE 25th Street as well as SE 11th Avenue by Travis Elementary School.

 With icy roads came wrecks for the few who ventured outside.

The Mineral Wells Police Department reported three accidents over the weekend, one of which was a hit and run and another that was caused almost exclusively by ice.

 According to a crash report, two cars were parked prior to the crash: a white 2004 Ford F-250 at the top of a steep grade in the 600 block of NW 15th Street and a white 2007 Jeep Cherokee in front of a home in the 1600 block of NW 4th Avenue.

A combination of the ice and wind pushed the F-250 down the slick hill, where it crashed into the jeep.

When Police arrived, they said there were no drivers at the scene.

 In addition to road hazards, the heavy ice also caused widespread power outages in North Texas, particularly in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

However, Oncor Electric Area Manager Ken Harris said Mineral Wells was fortunate to avoid the bulk of the regions electrical problems, with power outages in the city that were few and far between.

 “All in all, we were very lucky,” he said. “We were in pretty good shape.”

 Harris said one of the biggest factors that allowed the company to avoid power issues in Mineral Wells was all the tree trimming that was done during the last freeze between Nov. 22 and 25.

After that early icing, Harris explained to the Index that when trees limbs get weighed down by ice, they can effect power lines, leading Oncor to employ extra crews specifically for tree trimming.

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