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City of Commerce lifts outdoor watering restrictions

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Lindsey Wiley
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Although normal uses are permitted, the city asks residents to continue to conserve water.

  • The City of Commerce has lifted mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering. The announcement came earlier this afternoon. The restrictions had been in place since July 24th. Large leaks on two separate occasions combined with high usage due to drought and the city’s currently limited ability to produce potable water led to the restrictions. City officials say improvements at the city water plant are in the early stages and should be completed in the coming months. In the meantime, the statement from the city today encourages everyone in Commerce to practice water conservation.
  • If you regularly drive the old back route between Commerce and Greenville, you might want to take an alternate route, starting tomorrow. State Highway 224 is going to be closed at the South Sulphur River bridge starting Friday. That’s immediately northeast of Neylandville, just about halfway between Commerce and Greenville. The bridge over the South Sulphur is going to be demolished and replaced entirely. That stretch of State Highway 224 is going to closed for months. A statement from the Texas Department of Transportation says the project is scheduled to be finished by January 2023. The state has contracted with Sulphur Springs-based Highway 19 Construction for the project, valued at more than $2.6 million. Traffic along State Highway 224 will be routed onto detours during the duration of the project.
  • In Red River County, firefighters are battling a wildfire northwest of Clarksville. As of late this afternoon, the blaze along FM 2120 had consumed 43 acres and was not contained. That fire is one of 20 active fire reported across Texas today. Fire danger remains very high across much of the region due to drought, heat and wind.
  • Tonight’s forecast, partly cloudy with lows around 80. Mostly sunny tomorrow with highs around 101. We do have a slight chance for rain during the late afternoon and early evening Friday.