City of Augusta prepares for winter storms

News12 First at Five/ Jan. 27, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW) -- Top city and school leaders met to prepare for the wintry mix headed to the CSRA.

The Augusta Engineering Department put tree cutters on standby just in case.

"Right now, they are not calling for ice they're just calling for snow. Are they calling for ice," City Engineer Steve Cassle said.

Chief Meteorologist Shane Butler is calling for a chance of sleet, snow and freezing rain.

"We are going to Kroger's right now. W are going to double up on our milk and juice. We are going to make sure our electricity and gas is taken care of," Augusta Resident Ronnie Lee said.

Ronnie Lee lives in Augusta and said he hasn't seen any snow in the area since 2009. He is getting ready.

''I haven't been in that position, however I've seen a lot of people in that position. You remember Katrina and the hurricane and stuff. It's best to go ahead and prepare for stuff when you can," he said.

City crews are hard at a work preparing as well. We found crews cutting branches that could freeze and possibly bring down power lines.

"We are going to prioritize the main roads and our emergency routes, heavily traveled roads," Cassle said.

Cassle said they already have trucks with salt ready to go just in case the forecast comes to pass. They're putting more tree contractors on standby as well.

"We put $200,000 in their in the middle of last year so we can adjust more of that stuff. It's for regular maintenance on the road ways," said Cassle.

City leaders said they cut branches year round all the time, but if the wintry mix hits, they'll be out in full force.


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