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Counties spared the worst from storm
Feb 13, 2014 | 87 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Earlier this week, winter weather brought Montgomery and Carroll Counties to a crawl, with ice and snow falling Tuesday and Wednesday.

Schools in Winona, Montgomery County, and Carroll County were closed two days this week as a result of weather. Some businesses postponed store openings for a few hours, and many civic group meetings and community events were canceled or postponed.

Montgomery County Emergency Management director Allan Pratt said Montgomery County got lucky this time.

"We dodged it again," Pratt said.

Pratt said Wednesday morning, he traveled most of the roads in Montgomery County, and all county roads were passable with a few spots of ice on bridges and overpasses.

"We had a couple of accidents locally, but nothing serious in [Montgomery County]," Pratt said.

Carroll County Sherriff Jerry Carver said his county had several accidents due to winter weather. Carver said the bridge that crosses the Big Black River south of Vaiden was the site of two accidents which were caused by icy conditions.

On Tuesday, a Carrollton man was killed on Highway 35 near Teoc. Law enforcement said icy roads were the cause of the accident.

The ice and snow has forced residents to be careful when driving and watching their steps when out and about.

"I had a little ice on my doorstep; it was pretty slick in that ice," Heather Fleming of Carrollton said. "It was so slick, it caught me off guard."

Businesses like Regions Bank in Winona, covered their parking lots with salt to prevent falls as ice stuck to sidewalks and parking lots.

According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, ice was detected on many of the roadways in North Mississippi and limited travel was encouraged. Area maintenance workers with MDOT took safety precautions on Tuesday and Wednesday by spreading slag on bridges located on state highways and low spots. The crushed rock material was placed on several bridges along Interstate 55, U.S. Highways 51 and 82, and Mississippi Highways 17, 35, 407 and 413, as each was affected by ice.

Carroll County School Superintendent Billy Joe Ferguson said with the possibility of icy conditions, he contacts MDOT before he makes the decision on school closings.

"They [MDOT] keep me updated about conditions of the roads," Ferguson said. "I'm glad the schools were closed. We could've been in school, and it would have been pretty bad."

Utility companies also were on stand by, as Entergy sent out voice messages to each of their customers warning them of the treat of an ice storm. Entergy warned customers in Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana.

As for Delta Electric Power Association, maintenance workers were on standby and ready for any possible ice related emergency.

"We were prepared," Delta Electric's District Manager Tim McBride said. "What we did was watch the weather and waited."

McBride said his men were prepared with chainsaws and other tools just in case ice-covered tree limbs snapped and landed on power lines.
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