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City, county prepare for weather

February 11, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

With a Tuesday morning forecast calling for the potential of freezing rain and ice throughout Northeast Mississippi — including Clay County — West Point and Clay County officials were preparing for the worst in severe weather on Monday.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said the city’s department heads met Monday morning to give a rundown of plans and provisions in the event inclement weather does hit. According to Robinson, all are well prepared to handle any incoming winter weather. However, no one is going to jump the gun.
“Our street department, police department and emergency management are ready to go,” Robinson said. “We’re going to have people on site at the bridges and overpasses tonight and early this morning about 3 a.m. (to check the roads). We’ll sand the bridges and overpasses … All of the vehicles have been fueled. You know if you do have icy roads, you can’t get the fuel trucks in to gas up the trucks, so we’re ready for that. Hopefully, we have the full spectrum covered.”
Robinson said it was too early to make a determination in keeping city offices open as of noon Monday. Similarly, he said Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting was still scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday as of that time.
In the event either should change, Robinson said the city was prepared to get the word out. Staff will issue a notice to local media outlets, in addition to posting updates on the city’s website. Robinson said residents may visit www.wpnet.org for information regarding offices and meetings should the weather dictate a change of typical operations.
“There is a special notice,” Robinson said. “Usually it’s a bullet at the top of the (home) page on the city’s website. That’s probably the best place for (residents) to check if they have questions.”
Robinson said while he didn’t feel weather would hinder much in the way of city operations, he still urged residents to exercise caution while on the roadways in West Point.
“It doesn’t appear that it will be extremely cold, but it’ll be cold enough,” he said. “If (residents) do have to drive, we want them to be very, very careful of course. Will have the bridges covered with sand or gravel so they won’t be treacherous, but if you have to get out, drive with caution.”
The story was much the same at the county level. Each of the county’s district supervisors had trucks loaded with slag and graters at the ready Monday morning, preparing for potential ice on the roadways. However, according to most it’s a matter of playing the “wait and see” game.

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