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National Guard deploys to Denison for winter storm


DENISON -- A convoy of Texas National Guardsman arrived at the North Texas Regional Airport just after noon on Thursday to offer help during what could one of the worst winter storms in Texoma in recent history.

"They activated our alert roster and we took volunteers for those who could make it in to fill the number of seats that we needed," Lt. Clayton Harrison said.

Governor Rick Perry activated the guard on Wednesday.
Most of the volunteers came from Louisville.

Crews with the Guard are now stationed in two cities in North Texas, Wichita Falls and Denison.

Ten vehicles and 27 members of the Guard are deployed at the North Texas Regional Airport for between three and six days.

The Guard is staged inside a heater hanger at the airport where they'll wait to receive direction from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management.

"We're preparing for the possibility of a major ice storm and significant power outages," OEM director Sarah Somers said.

Since early morning Thursday, Somers has been working with local and state resources to put emergency plans into place.

Those plans include the possibility of opening shelters and warming centers, in case of extended power outages.

"The bad news is that may continue into the early part of next week so we're hoping our residents prepare to hunker down and stay warm at home and stay off dangerous roadways," Somers said.

Somers also said several utility crews are on stand-by if power goes out. She, along with all other agencies in Texoma ask anyone who does not have to be out the roads, to stay home.