As heavy winter weather passes through the Texoma area, local fire and police are reporting icy conditions on roadways across the region. They ask that motorists stay off the roads until conditions improve, unless it is an emergency.

As heavy winter weather passes through the Texoma area, local fire and police are reporting icy conditions on roadways across the region. They ask that motorists stay off the roads until conditions improve, unless it is an emergency.


As of Friday afternoon, the Sherman Fire Department had 14 accidents and 67 motorist assists in Sherman, with only one injury accident since 1 p.m. on Thursday, said SPD Lt. Ken Brooks. Traffic is light, except for backed-up trucks on U.S. 75, said Brooks. Texas Military Forces have been called in to help assist in clearing major roadways. Grand Street, from East Lewis to Frisco Road, and Hillcrest Drive from Kessler to North Rickets, remain closed from Thursday. As of Friday afternoon, there were no other road closures.


In Whitesboro, a long delay in transfers resulted in a call for an ambulance to assist from Denton County, said Lt. Brandon Prough of the Whitesboro Fire Department.


As of Friday afternoon, Denison police had received reports of 10 minor vehicle accidents, and had responded to 17 motorist assist calls since 3 p.m. on Thursday, said Lt. Mike Eppler, public information officer for the Denison Police Department.


Road conditions are expected to remain hazardous through the weekend, but there are no road closures, and light traffic in Denison as of press time. Sanding trucks were on duty on overpasses, and other heavily iced roadways, said Eppler.


Texoma Medical Center has been housing over 75 employees overnight to help assist patients at the hospital, said Donna Glenn, director of infection prevention and emergency preparedness. For other local employees, the hospital has been offering shuttle services. The hospital is prepared to continue this throughout the weekend, said Glenn. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital - WNJ has been housing over 50 employees throughout the weekend, said Tracy Mason, vice president of compliance.


Oncor reported that there were isolated, small power outages that are affecting less than 200 residents in the Sherman-Denison area, said Todd Thompson, local area manager for Oncor. The power outages are mainly from tree limbs falling on power lines, said Thompson.


The worst hit areas were to the east, near Paris, and closer to the DFW metroplex, said Thompson. Thompson attributes the low number of power outages in Sherman and Denison to light amounts of freezing rain and a tree trimming initiative during the summer.


Thompson asks that if residents are without power that they report it with Oncor, and if there are downed power lines, call 911 and do not attempt to approach. Local customers served by Texas-New Mexico Power Co. were without power Friday morning but repairs were made before noon.