“As of right now, all of the roads are open,” EMA alert notification manager Scott Murphree said. “Some of the smaller roads in the county that aren’t traveled as often may still be iced over. Our biggest trouble spot is the intersection of (Alabama 21) and (U.S.) 280 because it’s too shady for the ice to thaw.”
Murphree noted several warming stations were set up throughout the county to contend with the possibility of stranded motorists caught in the cold. The four shelters were stationed at First Baptist Church in Sylacauga, Parks and Recreation in Childersburg, Munford Volunteer Fire Department and Eureka Baptist Church in Talladega.
“We didn‘t have any stranded motorists who had to stay in their cars overnight,” Murphree said. “They were all able to get to a shelter. We were very fortunate all our first responders were able to get our stranded motorists off the roads and stranded students out of the schools.”
When the snowfall reached its peak Tuesday afternoon, some traveliing along state highways and county roads abandoned their vehicles.
“We had that happen all throughout the county,” Talladega County Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore said. “We worked with other departments to ensure those in need got to a shelter.”
Kilgore commended the efforts of all first responders during the relief efforts.
“Our first responders did an excellent job,“ Kilgore said. “We had to deploy everyone in four-wheel drive vehicles and pair them up so they could help take children and stranded motorists to safety.”
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