Law enforcement and highway officials say public safety drove th - 12 News KBMT and K-JAC. News, Weather and Sports for SE Texas

Law enforcement and highway officials say public safety drove their decision during ice storms

Posted: Updated:

Even though temperatures were still cold Wednesday evening, Southeast Texans had already started thawing.  Some even left their homes for the first time this week to enjoy the sunshine that had come out.

Southeast Texans made it through two winter blasts in one week relatively unscathed, but law enforcement and highway officials say they will review their response to make sure they always do better the next time.

Beaumont Police Sergeant Rob Flores said, "I think we got it right, because we had to measure that inconvenience versus public safety."

Sarah Dupre with the Texas Department of Public Safety said safety is the reason behind all their decision, including the closing of bridges, overpasses and highways.

She said, "We had all our available resources on roadways, we ordered material, we were out there, our crews worked 24 hours a day, and we did our best, made the roads as safe as we could."

Flores also credits social media for the success in keeping so many Southeast Texans off the icy roads.

He said, "Social media was big in getting out the message, and accurate information, because in these types of crises, information is gold."

This was the first time in our area's history that social media was relied on so heavily by the public and officials during a natural disaster.

Beaumont citizen Lester Simon commended the response from first responders.  Simon said, "It was great, they let us know ahead of time what was going on, they closed the highways, told us when it was going to hit us, it just worked out real fine."

  • Submit a news tip

    Do you know of something that would be a good news story?  Enter your email address and select "Submit"  to send it to 12 News HD.  You can also call the news tip line at 409-838-1212

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for submitting your news idea to 12News HD!

Powered by WorldNow

Newsroom: (409) 838-1212
Front Desk: (409) 833-7512
News Fax: (409) 981-1564
News Email: 12News@kbmt12.com

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KBMT. All Rights Reserved.
Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.