Ice storm effects

Posted Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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I’ve lived in North Central Texas for over 20 years, and have been proud to be associated with the region.

After this most recent ice event, however, I can no longer say that.

I’m ashamed of our local and state government’s lack of substantive response and coordination to bring the roads back up to safe driving standards. I drove to the airport (Love Field) Friday morning for a three-day trip.

The roads were supremely dangerous and I should not have gone out. But I thought surely they would be back in good condition by Sunday night, when I returned.

Boy, was I wrong! Just as treacherous.

Maybe each municipality could buy one big 4x4 truck instead of an extra police cruiser, and have a detachable snowplow for it.

The amount of revenue the region has lost due to this one-time ice event is surely in the billions.

We need to demand more preparedness, coordination and response from our state and local government leaders on this issue.

—David Patterson, Fort Worth

To Heidi Hughes and all other unhappy travelers at DFW Airport: This was an act of God and impending ice was expected for days. (See: “Frustrations grow for weary travelers at DFW,” Saturday)

Your safety was their utmost concern. They did their best to keep you warm, comfortable and fed.

Be thankful you didn’t get stranded in Lubbock with no night staff and a vending machine, and kicked to the baggage claim area when security changed shifts.

So you’re “outraged” and will never come through DFW again? Honey, don’t let the door hit you on the backside on your way home.

— June Hoffman, Fort Worth

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