Eastern counties prepare for winter storm - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Eastern counties prepare for winter storm


The traffic has been steady in Gadsden on Wednesday morning, but crews with the Gadsden Etowah County EMA and the County Road Department are hoping drivers will heed their advice and stay off the roads. The main concern is ice on the roads.

Glennis Burns with the Etowah County Road Department says crews remain on standby. Currently, they are not pre-treating the roads. Burns says they have to wait to see what will happen with this weather. When they do go ahead and take care of the roads, he says crews will use a fine gravel material and will begin treating main roads first.

Etowah County's EMA Director, Mike Bryant says crews with the EMA have actually been in house since Monday morning and are working 24/7. They have meeting two times a day with officials to make sure everyone is on the same page and to keep in constant contact with the road department.

"They will call us. They will tell us what areas of the county they are in. That way we receive calls, people wanting to know about road conditions, we can tell them where they're working. The law enforcement agencies need to know where they're working," said Bryant.

Calhoun County is also on standby to treat the roads. The county engineer says it is too early to treat the roads, because rain would just wash away what they put down.

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