Barrow County Emergency Services Chief is issuing a warning to all citizens about all county roads in Barrow.
"As the Emergency Management Agency Director it is my duty to warn citizens of the worsening road conditions throughout the county," stated Chief John Skinner. "We are telling citizens to stay off the roads tonight, and into Thursday afternoon. If you do travel you must realize it is at your own risk."
A coordination of all agencies involved in the Emergency Operation Center (EOC), including law enforcement agencies and public works departments, has determined that as of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, county roads have deteriorated to the point that they are very treacherous and quickly becoming impassable. Barrow County Roads and Bridges as well as several municipality public works departments have been plowing and treating roads and bridges with salt since Tuesday night. After 3/4" of sleet and freezing rain falling overnight and throughout the day, and temperatures falling below freezing, it has become a losing battle.
Barrow County will remain under a Winter Weather Storm Warning until 1 p.m. Thursday, and conditions are expected to continue to worsen. The National Weather Service is forecasting between two and four inches of snow to fall overnight Wednesday.
The Emergency Operation Center is STRONGLY, STRONGLY, STRONGLY advising citizens to stay home and stay off all roadways. If you choose to travel and become stranded, understand that public safety will have an extended response time and will be prioritizing all calls for help.
"In the interest of the safety of our citizens as well as our public safety personnel we are taking steps to reduce our traveling on the roadways," commented Chief Skinner "We have and will continue to prioritize all calls for help, and will send crews out on true emergencies first."
Roads and Bridges crews, who have been going for over 24 hours straight, have also been pulled off the roads for the night. They will not be out salting roads except when requested by the EOC to assist public safety personnel responding to emergency calls.
The weather has also started affecting power for county citizens. At one point Walton EMC was reporting ten percent of their Barrow County customers were out of power.
"We also want to remind citizens that the 911 lines are for emergency calls and with this weather we are seeing an increase in call volume," stated Chief Skinner. "We remind you not to call 911 to find out about road conditions or weather conditions. To report power outages you need to contact your power company."
Barrow County Emergency Operation Center will remain fully operational over night and as long as necessary monitoring weather conditions as well as assisting in allocating resources for emergency responses. Our Emergency Operations Center nonemergency help desk number is (770) 307-2987 Extension 4996.
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