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Lee Co. prepares for icy conditions

Mike Sistrunk Mike Sistrunk

Inches of rain have been dumped on much of South Georgia.  Crews in Lee County are out in the middle of it, making sure roads are safe for drivers.

"Our mission out here right now is to go out there and inspect our roads, make sure we don't have any wash outs for our buses. Make sure our citizens are safe enough to be on the roads," said Mike Sistrunk, the Lee County Public Works Director.

Cook Road was shut down mid day as water continued to flow.  But the biggest problem could come Thursday morning, when the temperatures drop.

"Our biggest concern is also the north part of the county. The bridge at Smithville, it's a state highway. We try to give them assistance because we have a sand truck," said Sistrunk.

Bridges throughout South Georgia could potentially ice over, which is why officials are urging folks to be cautious.

"We're really not aware of any problems yet, and the deal that happened a week or so ago, I'd rather be over cautious than not concerned about it.  So it's really important to just pay attention to your surroundings," said Sistrunk.

Crews in Lee County will be out around 4am, evaluating roads and bridges.  "If the temperatures keep on going like they're going we're going to be on the safe side and go ahead and put sand on the northern side of the county especially. When the temperature hits below 32 degrees it's almost a guarantee."

Workers have set up barricades and signs to alert drivers of problem areas, but still encourage folks to be alert when they head out for their morning commute.



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