Tylerites bundle up and carry on

Published on Monday, 6 January 2014 23:08 - Written by KELLY GOOCH kgooch@tylerpaper.com

There isn’t much that will stop Tim Burns from getting in a run — aside from a thunderstorm or black ice.

So when the 41-year-old set out for his Monday morning run in sub-freezing temperatures, he went out prepared, donning two pairs of socks, two jackets, pants, a pullover and two pairs of gloves, among other clothing. He ended up doing 8 miles.

“I was fine once I got going …” Burns said. “I plan to do the same (today). Unless it gets icy, I’m going to be out there pretty much every day.”

Burns wasn’t the only person impacted by the cold temperatures.

Chantel Millin, community and corporate relations coordinator for The Salvation Army, said the number of people receiving the organization’s services from day to day typically rises when there is extreme weather.

“It’s hard to say what the number will be. It could be 10, 20, 30 or 40 that come in,” she said. “Naturally, when you have more people from day to day, you do have to use more resources.”

She said that’s because there are more people to feed, they have to create beds for more people and they must get more towels and “everything residents use from day to day.”

And since The Salvation Army can’t predict exactly how many people will come in night to night, she said they must have excess resources on hand so they don’t run out. She said via email that 38 people came in Sunday night for cold weather and at least that many were expected on Monday night.

“We do definitely prepare for excess just in case,” Ms. Millin said.

“Usually during this time of year we expect more people night to night. …We have cots clean and ready to put out when people come in at 4 p.m.”

She said Monday she also was sure additional people were coming to eat at The Salvation Army and that the Social Services Department was giving out plenty of blankets and keeping an eye on the supply.

At Home Depot, Assistant Store Manager Joe Leach said customers last weekend were purchasing items, such as faucet covers and pipe insulation.

He said customers also have recently bought water heater blankets as well as weather stripping.

Tyler postal worker Gale Suggs was out delivering mail Monday. She was delivering downtown but said she would deliver to some homes that evening.

She said she enjoys her job, and “you just have to dress in layers.”

Workers also were busy Monday at the downtown parking garage construction site.

One worker at the site estimated that 20 to 25 workers were on hand, and said they likely would work until 3:30 p.m.

As for the rest of the week’s forecast, KYTX CBS19 Chief Meteorologist John Adams said this morning will be “in record territory.” He said the low temperature today is predicted to be 32 degrees, while the high temperature is predicted to be about 44 degrees.

But he said this will be the last “real cold day,” and by Thursday, temperatures are expected to warm up into the 60s. He said there are chances for rain later this week, but “most of the weekend will be nice.”