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Muscogee County continues work on icy roads

by Mackenzie Patterson - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Workers are still out on the roads tonight in Muscogee County, dumping sand and checking on icy power lines.  Officials say they are hauling in even more sand and taking other steps in order to prepare for the ice preparation Tuesday morning. 

The main focus for Columbus Emergency Management this evening is trees, power lines, and roads. 

Riley Land, the Deputy Director for EMA, said the prevention is "certainly not a normal day."  Land said city crews have been preparing for the ice since last Friday, but he explained all the work paid off.

 "The magnitude of this situation may be a five on a scale of ten as for the amount of damage and issues that arose.  So, we thought we were pretty fortunate by having that much on the ground and then being able to address it fairly quickly," said Land.

The city's ice prevention and clean-up plan does not end Monday.  Scott Jones, the Division Manager over Forestry and Right of Way for Columbus, said there were up to 80 trucks out Monday morning, but crews will be on stand-by all night too. 

Jones said, "The temperature will start to go down this evening, and then, tonight the roads will probably re-freeze again, and it will be sheet ice instead of the slush."  Due to these conditions, Jones encourages drivers to be aware of their surroundings.

Jones stressed, "Just be cautious and if anything just call 9-1-1 and they immediately dispatch to us."

The main message: try not to travel on the roads, but if you must, be safe.

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