HOUSTON— Freezing rain combined with sleet have caused hazardous driving conditions throughout southeast Texas. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo took to social media Tuesday to ask Houstonians to stay off the roadways if possible.
In a video posted to Twitter Acevedo said, “We’ve had 19 major & 40 minor crashes on freeways & 8 major & 23 minor crashes on streets in the
@HoustonTX since 9:15 a.m.”
We’ve had 19 major & 40 minor crashes on freeways & 8 major & 23 minor crashes on streets in the @HoustonTX since 9:15 a.m. we have our Homeless Outreach responding to known homeless areas providing info. on warming centers & transportation if needed.
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) January 16, 2018
The Houston Fire Department is also experiencing a high call volume and posted on Twitter that 457 calls had come in since midnight.
The Houston Fire Department has been busy responding to calls in frigid temperatures.
There have been 457 calls since midnight. 81% Fire resource and 50% EMS. @HoustonFire @FireChiefofHFD pic.twitter.com/n0WPKEpoiv
— Sheldra Brigham (@SheldraBrigham) January 16, 2018
Staying inside is recommended, but if you must get out officials are asking that you use caution.
“Stay off the road if at all possible. If you absolutely have to drive use caution, slowing down and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.