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BY JUSTIN MINYARD
Although an icy front made its way through West Point Monday night into Tuesday morning, West Point and Clay County law enforcement officials said they were surprised by how smooth the 24-hour gap went for motorists. However, Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop G reported widespread â albeit mostly minor â weather-related traffic incidents, one of which resulted in a fatality.
West Point Police Department Chief Tim Brinkley said Monday evening as well as Tuesday morning was reflective of a normal day for patrol units.
âEverything went smooth,â Brinkley said. âWe didnât have any hiccups. ... Our amount of calls (was) consistent with a normal day.â
Brinkley said the resulting overlay of ice was not nearly as severe as the department had anticipated. Inside city limits, he said, there were no reports of power outages, nor any ice-related incidents. The lack of power outages, according to Brinkley, was a boon to the lack of incidents or wasted manpower. A power outage, he said, generally results in a âloadâ of false alarm calls.
The WPPD did receive a number of calls regarding possible assistance with transportation, but Brinkley said that is not a service normally provided to individuals unless they are under the employ of a medical facility.
âWe had our regular shift on duty,â Brinkley said. âWe had all of our officers on standby in case of (an emergency). Other than that, they were just asked to monitor the weather.â
However, as well is the case with the Clay County Sheriffâs Department, law enforcement officials said they were anticipating more inclement weather to perhaps hit later Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning. Brinkley and Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said they were keeping a watchful eye on the weather forecast as they moved into Wednesday.
âWe kind of missed a bullet, as they say,â Scott said. â ... Overall the roads were in pretty good shape. Much better than we expected. Now, weâre concerned about the next wave.â
Scott said the CCSD has been in close contact with the Mississippi Highway Patrol throughout the icy spell.
Aside from one minor wreck that occurred near Pheba, Scott said there were no weather-related traffic incidents. Scott said a van âhit a slick spot on the roadâ at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, which in turn resulted in the driver veering off-road. The driver, Scott said, was not injured.
âTraffic was really down (Tuesday) morning,â Scott said. âWith traffic not being as heavy, I think thatâs one thing contributing to the smaller amount of accidents.
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