City of Sugar Land Update February 11, 2021

Extreme Cold Temperatures in the Forecast

Sugar Land emergency planners are participating in regular calls with the state operations center and the National Weather Service to maintain situational awareness on the possibility of freezing temperatures and/or wintry precipitation that could impact our area beginning Sunday night. According to the National Weather Service, a prolonged period of below normal temperatures is expected for southeast Texas during the weekend and next week, extremely cold temperatures are expected early next week with an extended period of lows below freezing across the area and there is an increased confidence for winter precipitation Sunday night into Monday that could create icy road conditions. 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.

Sugar Land is taking the following actions:

  • Sugar Land’s emergency operations center is prepared to support winter weather operations.
  • Public works crews are prepping city infrastructure for freezing temperatures.
  • Employees have been notified to plan for the possibility of 24-hour work schedules.
  • Dump trucks with ice chat spreaders are being staged to treat frozen city roads and bridges if necessary.
  • Staff are coordinating with the Texas Department of Transportation, the agency responsible for cold weather operations on state highways.
  • Parks is preparing for the possibility of closing pedestrian bridges and restrooms, sanding walkways and covering vulnerable plants.
  • Close communication continues with the city’s solid waste and recycling vendor to quickly communicate service delays if necessary.

Please remember to bring pets inside; wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing if you must go outside; walk carefully on snowy, icy walkways; always keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines; and drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If at all possible, stay home and avoid travel — especially bridges and overpasses — during icy road conditions. Check traffic and road conditions on the City of Sugar Land’s Intelligent Transportation System.

For additional information, visit: http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/722/Extreme-Cold-Conditions

Results of Sugar Land’s 2020 Citizen Satisfaction Survey

The results of Sugar Land’s 2020 Citizen Satisfaction Survey show that 98 percent of respondents rated the city as an “excellent” or “good” place to live and 97 percent rated the city as “excellent” or “good” place to raise children. For additional information and 2020 survey results, visit: https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1458