Law Enforcement Agencies Urge Residents to Stay off Roads

Law enforcement agencies are urging residents hit by the winter storm to remain at home if at all possible and stay off the roads. According to officials, roads are still in dangerous condition due to ice and snow.

“We are overwhelmed with people getting stuck, stranded, or crashed,” the Conroe Police Department said in a Facebook post. “Please stay home. The snow looks the same at your house as it does everywhere else. Everything is closed so there is no reason to risk your safety.”

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office also reported experiencing a high volume of calls for help from motorists:

“We are currently experiencing high call volumes. The entire county is under several inches of snow with widespread power outages. Please stay home unless you are experiencing an emergency, and travel is absolutely necessary. Nearly all businesses are currently closed. Please do not risk your safety or the safety of others by driving unnecessarily.”

Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack also issued a warning regarding road conditions, “Letting your teenager drive to the park or to the store is a terrible idea,” said Noack. “Several in ditches risking others lives. When walking to the park don’t walk along side the roadway, vehicles don’t stop well on ice! Use the pathways. Stay home unless you have an emergency!”

“Tempting as it may be to get out and explore as the sun comes up. Do so without getting on the roads. Travel should be restricted to emergencies only,” urged Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough. “Road conditions throughout the entire county are not safe for travel at this time. Please help our first responders who have been up all night by staying off the roads this morning and all day if possible.”

Many roads, bridges, and overpasses remain closed. An up to date map of road closures for Montgomery County can be found here.

Published by Reagan Reed

Reagan is a journalist and educator from East Texas. He has been involved in numerous campaigns, worked at the Texas Legislature, and covered Texas politics for years as a journalist.

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