Russell County prepares for possibility of more ice

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

PHENIX CITY, GA (WTVM) -  William Alexander with the Russell County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency told News Leader Nine, "Around 2 o'clock this morning we started getting ice and sleet and around 4 or 5 this morning it started sticking and icing on the highways."

Ice, sleet, snow... Whatever you call it, it was causing some major headaches for Russell County crews trying to keep things running during the winter storm.

"We had some trees down earlier this morning and we had a power outage in Crawford but its been restored," said Alexander.

The Emergency Management Agency had a full staff answering phones and responding to emergencies throughout the night and morning, "Most of the calls were citizens wanting to know the condition of the roads and we were able to provide that thanks to law enforcement, EMS and local fire departments."

Not only were heavy tree limbs and power lines a concern for county officials, but these icy conditions were made a priority. Some roads were closed in the county and of course they had the sand trucks out in the action.

Alexander added, "We're going to keep the same plan intact. We'll be in contact with the first responders and law enforcement and EMS personnel and city and county governments and then make decisions. Fortunately the ice is beginning to melt, however, the temperature is expected to go below freezing tonight so that may create some problems."

Russell County officials are on stand-by for any damage reports or emergencies. They ask you call the Russell County Sheriff's Department at (334)298-6535.

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