Dallas neighborhood streets still waiting for the sand trucks




Posted on February 1, 2011 at 11:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 2 at 12:06 AM

DALLAS — In a deep freeze, John McClanahan knows he's on his own for a couple of days.

His neighborhood is nowhere near the top of the city's priority list.

A sheet of ice nearly a half an inch thick covers his street and sidewalk.

For drivers on Mockingbird Lane and Buckner Road near White Rock Lake, ice stopped them in their tracks. Our camera caught driver after driver sliding down the hill.

"As I was going to the right, he started going backwards and sliding in," said Robert Wilson, one of those unlucky motorists. "He might have clipped the car up front."

"When I try to turn my wheel, I can't get any traction," lamented Carolyn Fountain, another frustrated driver.

For pedestrians, it's also dangerous to walk in downtown Dallas, where sidewalks are frozen.

"I'm extremely nervous," said Brenda Jernigan, who walked two blocks taking baby steps and holding onto anything to remain upright.

"You are worried about the ice and you worried about the wind, too," she said.

The city told News 8 that its resources are stretched to the limit. Workers are focusing on keeping main streets cleared.

Once the worst is over, they will give residential streets and sidewalks the attention they need.

If police or the fire department needs to get through a frozen residential street, the city, it will then clear it to give emergency crews a safe way in.

For now, the advice is plain and simple: Take it slow.

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