SAN MARCOS, Texas – San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson signed a disaster declaration Saturday urging city residents not to travel around the area and state during the winter storm.

In a statement, Hughson said the storm could make road conditions even more dangerous for motorists. The statement is valid for seven days or until conditions improve.

The San Marcos police reported that they had responded early on to more than 12 ice accidents on Interstate 35 Saturday morning.

No one was seriously injured in the accidents, officials say, but officials are now urging drivers to slow down and avoid driving due to ice on bridges and roads across the city.

The city guides recommend that the public stay as far away from roads as possible or “exercise extreme caution when driving is unavoidable”.

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The city said in a statement that despite efforts by city and TxDOT crews to pre-treat roads with deicing solution and sand, precipitation on the roads continues to freeze, making travel “very dangerous”.

The city is encouraging District Churches to virtually broadcast services to their parishes or to cancel services this weekend to reduce road traffic if driving conditions deteriorate.

In addition, the city works with the Salvation Army, Southside Community Center, and HOME Center in central Texas to provide shelter to community members when needed.

According to the city, employees from the city’s code compliance team and police homeless outreach team have been handing out hotel vouchers to individuals in the area in the past few days.

Hays County’s Emergency Management coordinates the following emergency shelters for those unable to get other shelter:

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Southside Community Center

518 S. Guadalupe St., San Marcos, TX

512-557-0795

The Salvation Army

300 S CM Allen Parkway, Ste. 100, San Marcos, TX

512-557-3661

Hays Hills Baptist Church

1401 N Farm to Market Rd. 1626, Buda, TX

512-295-3132

Dripping Springs United Methodist Church

28900 RR 12, Dripping Springs, TX

512-894-7123

Westover Baptist Church

1310 Advance St., San Marcos, TX

512-214-2258

First Wimberley Baptist Church

15951 Winters Mill Parkway, Wimberley, TX

432-634-2364

For more resource information, see https://hayscountytx.com/2021/02/13/resources-for-those-in-need-during-freezing-weather/.

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