It was a busy week for city, county and TXDOT crews in charge of dealing with the recent ice storm.
Fort Worth reportedly spent more than $200,000 battling icy roads, stranded drivers and storm damage while the cities of Dublin and Stephenville spent far less.
"It won't be anything like the bigger cities, but our guys were out working alongside TXDOT here in Dublin to make sure streets and the like were as safe as possible for residents," said Nancy Wooldridge, Dublin city manager. "But we also plan for this kind of thing. We set aside money in our budgets for these situations, and with TXDOT helping by keeping our two main streets maintained, the impact on our budget isn't as great."
Stephenville City Manager Mark Kaiser said with the help of TXDOT and good budget planning by the city council and department heads, the storm's impact on the city's coffers was minimal.
TXDOT employees were out from late Thursday evening salting and sanding overpasses and bridges in the county and those Texas highways that run through the cities.
One closely watched bridge was the one on the loop in Stephenville, near City Park. According to city officials, the bridge was closed for a short time while crews worked an accident. However, while several roads were closed briefly, the hard work ensured most roadways remained open during the storm.
"We didn't have any power outages and only one major accident, so I'd say the city crews did a good job," Kaiser said. "We didn't have a water break until late in the storm and all those costs were expected and have been relatively minor."
Public Works Director Nick Williams said the city was prepared for the extra costs.
"We plan for these kinds of things to happen," Williams said. "We know we're going to face at least one bad storm a year, so as far as my department is concerned, I budget for things like this."
Both cities had crews on call and working throughout the weekend, which will cost some overtime.
"I plan and account for these kinds of storms and the extra work we'll need to do," Williams said. "These guys are usually on call and do patrols to ensure everything is working properly anyway. It's already in my annual budget."
Williams said his crew was dispatched at 2:30 a.m. one morning during the storm to a water main break that was shooting up near electric lines. While it could have been a tricky situation for crews, he said they worked quickly to get water and power restored to customers.
"Those guys are the real heros of this storm," Williams said. "They're out in it, taking care of business so everyone has nice warm water to shower and bathe with. They come out to work on lines at all hours, in all kinds of weather. If you see them, thank them. They work hard for each and every one of us."