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Public Works crews prepare for freezing rain and ice


South Georgia is under a winter storm warning, and many are preparing for possible ice and snow Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Another dump truck load of sand was delivered to one of Albany public works' staging areas Monday morning. An earth mover piled it so it can be loaded on spreader trucks easily. The plan is that sand will begin to be spread Tuesday night on our roads.

"The first danger is you roads, because typically your bridges ice up first and then the secondary roads," said Albany Public Works Director Phil Roberson.

Emergency officials usually see more tornado and flood preparations, but have been through enough ice watches to have plans in place.

"I've been on the phone talking to our folks at Water, Gas, and Light," said Roberson. "We work with them. We work with the county to make sure we swap resources with each other so we can handle all the trouble spots as they show up during the day on Wednesday."

Sand and heavy equipment will be staged around the county, for quickest response in case of blocked roads.  Albany has predominately pine, pecan, and oak trees, all prone to limb breakage when ice builds up. That means power lines downed and outages. Many of the sanitation sewer systems in Albany require power, so public works also prepared to power those today.

"Stage pumps and emergency generators in areas where we know that there could be prone to priority storm and life stations," said Roberson. "Where we know we could have problems if we lose power."

Public works will clear roads when limbs block them, making sure they are clear for  first responders and utility trucks to move quickly to problems.

Experts say having a plan is necessary in preparation of severe weather. Check out these winter storm safety tips.

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