Odessa Construction Workers Brave The Rainy Day

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The heavy rains and flooding forced the Midland School District to call off class but they were the only ones. In Odessa, it was business as usual as classes were held and city workers were working overtime in the pouring rain.

It's hard to believe but even with the heavy downpour there are many outside workers that don't get the day off no matter the weather conditions. That was the case for construction crews in Odessa.

NewsWest 9 spoke to Andrea Goodson, Public Information Coordinator for the City of Odessa, who said construction on certain roads have been planned and it's important to stay on schedule.

"We have these projects planned. We've had them on the books, we want to keep them on track for as much as possible," Goodson said.

Goodson tells NewsWest 9 the crews are hard workers and aren't in any danger. In fact, their supervisors will notify them when it's unsafe to continue working.

"These workers are very aware of the condition, they are sadly accustomed to working in it. Sometimes we have main breaks in the middle of the night when it's freezing, they are accustomed to working in these conditions," Goodson said.

This was an especially hectic time for the Odessa Fire and Rescue. Goodson says between midnight and 8:30 a.m. Friday morning there were a total of 54 water rescue calls. That's about six calls per hour keeping Odessa Fire Rescue pretty busy.

However they weren't the only ones who had to brave the flooded roads. It was business as usual for Ector County students unlike in Midland where school was canceled.

Mike Adkins with E.C.I.S.D tells NewsWest 9 why they chose not to cancel school for the day.

"We use the very same process every single time and this can our buses run safely, pick up kids from the bus stop and get them to school safely, that really is the determining factor. We looked that this (Friday) morning, our buses are obviously big and heavy and they can handle the situations the way they were today. We made a decision we are gonna have school, we are gonna have it on time and the buses rolled and they did it safely."

Adkins says parents are in their right to take their children late to school or to keep them home for the day.

Goodson says when someone is rescued from a flooded car, Odessa Fire and Rescue will only rescue the occupants, they will not tow the car.