The recent ice storm caused damage to several area buildings, and also prompted the response of Texas military forces.

The recent ice storm caused damage to several area buildings, and also prompted the response of Texas military forces.


Sherman


The Boys and Girls Club of Sherman experienced damage to the roof of their building due to an accumulation of ice and snow. Director Mike Delong went to the building Monday to see if it had been affected by the inclement weather, and found that part of the roof in the gymnasium area had pulled away from the building and seemed on the verge of collapsing.


Delong called the Sherman Fire Department, who sent the city engineer to inspect the building. Ultimately the city engineer condemned the it.


The Boys and Girls Club is looking for other facilities they can use for their after-school program and basketball program. Delong removed the office computer from the building and is currently conducting Club business from his house, he said.


"We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause families that rely on us," Delong said, "but these are circumstances that are beyond our control."


The Club is currently discussing what to do next with the building’s insurance company and the city engineer.


On Friday afternoon the roof of the Lone Star Lanes Bowling Alley collapsed. No one was injured in the incident.


The roof of the Cooper B-Line building is bowed in but did not collapse, according to the Sherman Fire Department.


Denison


An awning covering lumber at Main Street Lumber in Denison collapsed Friday under the weight of snow and ice, said Denison Fire Marshal John Weda. Nobody was hurt in the incident.


Several porch covers on houses in Denison collapsed as well, Weda said.


The North Texas Regional Airport-Perrin Field closed Friday and remains closed as of Tuesday. The runway has been covered with a thick sheet of ice, said firefighter Kerry Price.


Texas Military Forces


The Texas military forces orces said in a prepared statement Tuesday that, "Citizen-soldiers with the 176th Engineer Brigade, Texas Army National Guard, provided support to state and local officials" during the ice storm that swept over Texoma last weekend.


About 50 members of the Grand Prairie-based brigade suited up in cold-weather gear and brought Humvees and light medium tactical vehicles to help preposition state assets as the storm approached.


The TMF said that its forces were mainly occupied with assisting motorists on the major highways. The forces said that traffic flow was "a top priority, members of the TMF conducted 24-hour-a-day operations monitoring and assisting citizens along Highways 75 (and) 82."


Col. Patrick Hamilton, commander of domestic operation for the TMF, said "these men are the epitome of what the Texas Military Forces stand for. These citizen-soldiers volunteered their time, at a moment’s notice, to serve their fellow citizens during a time of need. It’s situations like this that show the caliber of our service members."