Snow, sleet wreck Sumter Co. roads -, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Snow, sleet wreck Sumter Co. roads

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  People were urged to stay off the roads and many shops in downtown Americus remained closed Monday.

Schools took a snow day and several nurses had to hitch a ride to work with Sheriff's deputies. Even part of Highway 19 was closed.

The sound of scraping shovels, joined with the slush of ice and snow on Americus Streets.

"This is the last thing I'd thought I'd be doing," said Chad Salter, Monroe's Hotdogs and Billiards.

Most Americus businesses didn't bother to open, but Monroe's Hotdogs and Billiards took their chances someone might be hungry.

"It's a mess, it kind of puts a damper on our business, there's a lot of places closed," said Salter.

Across Lamar Street at Minick's Interiors, the lights were on.

"The banks open so you never know someone might get cabin fever and come out and do some shopping," said Mark Minick, Minick's Interiors.

The county closed the Courthouse. Those who ventured out, quickly learned roadways that didn't appear slick were deceiving. Two people were taken to the hospital after running off Highway 49 south near Salter Mills Road and into some pines. In Lee County they closed Highway 19 at Smithville.

"They want to get some more salt and sand on it before they open it up because there's too much traffic that travels the road here to take that chance," said Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals.

While it made roadways hazardous, the Norris' knew the real joy.

"We don't have to go to school," said Taylor Norris.

Instead of spelling words it was a contest over who could throw the most snowballs.

"It's really thick," said Chase Norris.

Thick enough to stick to tree branches, creating an icy nightmare at the Dennis' on Cypress Drive in Lee County.

"We heard a loud pop noise and my wife thought something had fell by the air conditioner in the back yard," said William Dennis, of Lee County.

It was several branches that gave way under the weight of the ice. The Dennis were lucky, limbs missed their power lines, that wasn't true for everyone, leaving a good amount of clean up for public works employees.

Sumter EMC Crews were busy today restoring power knocked out by falling branches in Sumter and Lee Counties.


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