We Don't Need No Stinkin' De-Icer

City trumpets response to the great storm of aught-7

The city itself may incur the final injury of the ice storm, if it doesn't stop patting itself on the back so hard. They could strain something!

A press release from the city trumpets their response to the storm and all its subsequent mayhem. Here's some highlights:

"City of Austin Public Works and Transportation: During the course of this event, 11 sanding truck crews and 21 hand-crews worked to clear off 130 bridges, maintained (sanded and cleared) 34 street locations, and continually monitored 22 locations that are potential dangerous in icy weather.

Austin Fire Department: From midnight, Jan. 15, through noon Jan. 18, AFD responded to 887 calls

Austin Parks & Recreation Department: PARD coordinated with local service agencies and provided a location for overflow capacity. On the nights of Jan. 14 through 17, more than 380 homeless persons were provided shelter at a PARD facility.

Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services: During this weather event, the Town Lake Animal Center followed established cold-weather procedures. At night, animals were kept in indoor kennels where heaters and blankets are provided."

A little more curiously, they say "ABIA had sufficient supplies of deicing agent for the taxiways and runways." So they had sufficient amounts for the taxiways and runaways… just not the planes. Hmmm, might want to tell that to these guys.

Entire press release pasted inside.

City of Austin Ice Storm 2007 Response & Statistics

For immediate release
Jan. 18, 2007

City of Austin Office Public Safety and Emergency Management

*Activated Emergency Operations Center and coordinated with a variety of county and state agencies.

City of Austin Public Works and Transportation

*During the course of this event, 11 sanding truck crews and 21 hand-crews worked to clear off 130 bridges, maintained (sanded and cleared) 34 street locations, and continually monitored 22 locations that are potential dangerous in icy weather.

*City of Austin Public Works estimates 1,349 cubic yards (112 truckloads) of sanding material was used during the event.

Austin Energy

*Austin Energy estimates a total of 35,000 customers were without power at some point during the incident. In most cases power was restored within 2-3 hours.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services

*For the 84-hour period beginning midnight, Jan. 15 through noon, Jan. 18, ATCEMS reported a combined call volume of 1,246 EMS requests, including 200 collisions where EMS intervention was necessary and at least 53 weather-related falls and injuries.

City of Austin 3-1-1 Call Center

*The City of Austin 3-1-1 reported fielding 11,370 calls from midnight, Jan.15, through noon, Jan. 18. Call volume averaged 25% higher than normal for the event.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

*ABIA worked to ensure airport runways, taxiways and roadways were in operational condition, clear of ice. ABIA had sufficient supplies of deicing agent for the taxiways and runways.

Austin Police Department

*From midnight, Jan.15, through noon, Jan. 18 (a three-day period), APDs preliminary numbers indicate 599 reported collisions (including duplicate calls). As a comparison, during the Dec. 12, 2005, ice storm, APD recorded 546 collisions in a 12-hour period (noon to midnight) on that day.

Austin Fire Department

*From midnight, Jan. 15, through noon Jan. 18, AFD responded to 887 calls.

Austin Water Utility

*AWU crews responded to and repaired 16 water mains, 2 water service lines, 3 wastewater mains, and 3 fire hydrants.

Austin Parks & Recreation Department

*PARD coordinated with local service agencies and provided a location for overflow capacity. On the nights of Jan. 14 through 17, more than 380 homeless persons were provided shelter at a PARD facility.

Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services

*During this weather event, the Town Lake Animal Center followed established cold-weather procedures. At night, animals were kept in indoor kennels where heaters and blankets are provided.

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