By Robbie Ward
TUPELO – City leaders have replaced the mayor’s State of the City speech today with plans to open an emergency operations center if required by anticipated ice, snow and sleet.
Severe weather concerns led Mayor Jason Shelton on Monday to postpone the annual city gathering, an event for the mayor to articulate his vision for Tupelo’s future, goals and challenges he plans to address. It was rescheduled for 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at the BancorpSouth Conference Center. As part of the city’s severe weather emergency plan, city leaders will designate, if necessary, Fire Station 1 downtown as an operations center.
Tupelo Fire Chief Thomas Walker said the city will prepare for up to three inches of snow, one inch of sleet and a quarter-inch of ice, along with wind blowing 10-15 mph.
Shelton said even if Tupelo isn’t directly impacted by severe weather conditions, city workers with Tupelo Water & Light and other departments could assist other communities impacted by severe weather.
“If there’s a state of emergency that requires additional assistance, we’re going to send our people there,” Shelton said.