Extreme Cold Conditions
Wednesday, January 17, at 5 a.m.
Temperatures continued to fall through the night, and as a result, road conditions remain icy and dangerous. The main lanes of U.S. Highway 59 through Sugar Land and all other roads that were shut down yesterday remain closed. Please stay home and avoid driving until the ice thaws sometime later today. It’s simply not safe to venture out. Road conditions are posted on our interactive traffic website at http://its.sugarlandtx.gov/.
City offices are expected to open for normal business at 1 p.m. Essential city personnel will continue to staff the City’s emergency operations center to monitor weather conditions. City crews will be inspecting roads and bridges for ice. Sand trucks will continue to treat icy roads. Keep a close eye on weather conditions and avoid driving until the danger passes.
Tuesday, January 16, at 7:30 p.m.
City offices are expected to open for normal business tomorrow at 1 p.m. Municipal Court will also open at 1 p.m., but all jury trials and arraignments will be cancelled tomorrow. The delayed start is due to dangerous, icy road conditions expected through the night and into the early morning hours tomorrow. Essential city personnel will continue to staff the City’s emergency operations center through the night to monitor weather conditions. City crews will be inspecting roads and bridges for ice. Sand trucks will continue to treat icy roads throughout the night. Keep a close eye on weather conditions and avoid driving until the danger passes.
Tuesday, January 16
All city offices are closed today due to the ongoing threat of dangerous road conditions. Essential personnel will continue to ensure emergency services are provided. Municipal Court is canceled.
Freezing rain is expected throughout the day and could contribute to icy roads. This may also impact solid waste and recycling service. City crews will continue to inspect roads and bridges and deploy sand trucks where needed. Please stay home today and avoid driving. It’s not worth placing yourself and our first responders in harm's way. Stay safe and protect your pipes. Visit our extreme cold weather page for preparation tips and the ITS website for traffic conditions.
Williams Trace from US59 to Englewood
Williams Trace from US59 to Englewood is closed. The Bridge over Oyster Creek is impassable.
South bound frontage road at the Brazos River Turnaround
The south bound frontage road at the Brazos River Turnaround is closed due to icy conditions.
U.S. Highway 59
Update: 4:50 p.m. - All U.S. Highway 59 main lanes through Sugar Land in both directions (southbound and northbound) are closed. Dangerous icy conditions will continue through the night and into the morning.
U.S. Highway 90A
The U.S. Highway 90A westbound lanes at U.S. Highway 59 are closed.
University Boulevard is closed form Elkins Drive to West Avalon Drive due to icy conditions.
Jodie Stavinoha Bridge
The Jodie Stavinoha bridge along the Grand Parkway (U.S Highway 99) over the Brazos River is being closed due to ice. Stay off the roads. Icy, dangerous conditions will be a threat all night and into tomorrow morning.
We cannot emphasize strongly enough to stay off the streets and avoid driving until the dangerous weather has passed. You risk placing yourselves and our first-responders in harm’s way. Be safe. Stay warm.
Solid Waste Update
Republic Services, has canceled service today due to weather. Make-up days will be communicated as soon as the information is available.
Best Trash, the solid and waste provider for Greatwood, has canceled service today due to weather. Make-up days will be communicated as soon as the information is available.
No Reports of Power Outages
We have received no reports of power outages, but others in the Houston area have reported outages.
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City Meetings Postponed
Tonight’s Sugar Land City Council meeting and other public meetings have been postponed due to weather. The City Council meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 18, at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Because the agenda for the rescheduled meeting includes a public hearing on the permanent residential single family (R-1) zoning of the single-family areas in the Riverpark community, we wanted to let you know that this public hearing will be held during the rescheduled meeting on Thursday. With the rescheduling, please note the public hearing may be opened at any time once the meeting begins. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled public hearing, questions or comments can be sent to Planning@sugarlandtx.gov in advance of the meeting. The permanent zoning does not require any action from property owners, is essentially the same as the existing temporary zoning and does not modify any private recorded restrictions or HOA requirements.
For more information on the status of city meetings, please visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/agendas.
Municipal Court Update
Because of expected dangerous driving conditions, Sugar Land Municipal Court will be closed on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Cases scheduled on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 will be reset and written notice will be sent in each case to advise defendants and/or their attorneys of the new court date. This includes cases scheduled for 9:00 a.m. (initial appearance, show cause hearings and compliance hearings), cases scheduled for pretrial hearings at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Tips, Links, and Safety Information
When the temperatures drop below freezing, residents are encouraged to prepare their homes to avoid damage to water pipes, sprinkler systems, and swimming pools. The City does not turn off water at the meter to prevent frozen pipes.
Basic Tips to Remember
- Make a family communication plan and discuss with your family.
- Make an emergency kit.
- Bring pets inside.
- If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repel-lent.
- Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves. Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce heat loss.
- Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
- Always keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. On icy roads, drive slowly and increase distance required for stopping.
- Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow heat transfer.
- Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
- Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking.
- Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide related deaths are highest during colder months.
- Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris.
- Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
Sprinkler System Breaker Protection
If a pipe bursts
- Shut off water at the main valve
- If main valve cannot be located, call 281-275-2450 and the City's Utility Staff will come and turn off water at the meter
- Call a plumber