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AM Update: DPS Completes 'Roadcheck 2012,' Sewage Spill in SE Travis Co., Colorado Wildfires

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Texas Department of Public Safety Completes ‘Roadcheck 2012’

Earlier this month, DPS troopers and civilian inspectors joined forces to make the roads safer in Texas. Inspecting more than 8,000 commercial vehicles, over a three-day period, the department issued thousands of citations and removed 1,763 vehicles and 243 drivers from the roads, according to a statement issued yesterday.

The program checks 18-wheelers, buses, and other commercial vehicles for things like unsafe brakes and tires. Drivers’ logs, driving time limits and licenses are also inspected.

The effort was part of the annual nationwide “Roadcheck” program sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. According to DPS, efforts will continue throughout the year as “Operation Texas Thunder,” targeting specific areas in search of unsafe and aggressive driving.

Sewage Spill May Contaminate Well Water in Southeast Travis County

People within a half mile radius of East William Cannon Drive and Running Water Drive with their own water wells are being urged to boil their water or use other sources due to a sewage spill.

A spill into Marble Creek occurred yesterday morning at 10 a.m., according to Austin Water, and let more than 100,000 gallons of wastewater sewage into the creek.

The utility reports that the public drinking water supply is not affected, but that those who use wells should take precautions. More information is available from the City of Austin.

Central Texas Red Cross Staff to Aid Wildfire Response in Colorado

Local responders are sharing their hard earned knowledge from the Central Texas wildfires.

Central Texas Red Cross Communications Director Sara Kennedy will travel today to speak with communities affected by wildfires in Colorado. Of the six states included in a National Weather Service “Red Flag” warning, Colorado is currently the hardest hit with roughly ten wildfires burning.

Red Cross teams are providing disaster relief services to families in need.

Last summer, Central Texas was affected by numerous, highly destructive wildfires due to similar prolonged dry conditions.

Those wishing to make a donation to the relief efforts can do so securely online.

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