Columbus utility companies prepare for winter weather

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - If driving conditions worsen, employees with the Columbus City Manager's Office are ready and waiting with salt and sand trucks for the roads, and if the area experiences any electricity outages, Georgia Power is on stand-by.

Robert Watkins with Georgia Power said, "The forecast is not bad for Columbus. In this area you never know with the weather but if anything comes, we'll be ready."

With the area's unpredictable weather, utility companies have learned to always hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

"Georgia Power prepares all the time for outages or emergencies. We have a Storm Evaluation and Restoration Plan. The employees have their normal job and then a job they do during the storm and when activity ceases," Watkins told News Leader Nine.

The power company has recently seen record breaking usage for the winter months, and a power outage at this time, could leave many out in the cold.

But Watkins doesn't think that should be the case this time around, "The only type of outages we anticipate in something like this could be if we had sleet stuck to the trees and the lines or icy weather. But we're not expecting anything like that here."

Workers in the city management department are also standing by in case the roadways become dangerous for drivers. Lisa Goodwin, the Deputy City Manager, told News Leader Nine, "We will continue to monitor the roadways as conditions dictate to ensure that we stay ahead of the potential issues that come with icy conditions."

She also says salt and sand trucks are ready to go in case bridges and overpasses become slick.

The Columbus City Manager's office also said workers are prepared to put out barricades and roadblocks in case certain areas pose a threat to drivers. If the roads are icy, they want to make sure drivers use caution and they stress for you not to drive if you don't have to.

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