Tupelo, Lee County prepare for the worst

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djournal-lee-countyBy Robbie Ward

Daily Journal

TUPELO – City and county employees began monitoring streets late Tuesday night for expected snow and ice arriving in the area as part of readiness plans for anticipated severe weather.

Tupelo Public Works stocked up on salt, gravel, fuel and other materials in case today’s weather includes ice that can cause dangerous driving conditions and other safety concerns.

“We checked our supplies this morning and replaced what was depleted,” Tupelo spokeswoman Sarah Robinson said Tuesday afternoon. “All vehicles are fueled and ready to go and crews are on standby.”

Lee County officials also continue monitoring weather conditions to decide which safety measures to take and whether county services will close if required by weather conditions.

Work crews in the city and county are expected to use tons of salt on roadways and streets. The Mississippi Department of Transportation said Wednesday morning that there is ice on roadways and bridges in Lee County.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said he has extra personnel on standby if emergency calls increase.

Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre said the department will continue to monitor road conditions and coordinate with other law enforcement.

Tupelo and Lee County both experienced an increase in weather-related crashes Tuesday. Some in the city included minor injuries.

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton issued a precautionary emergency declaration Tuesday in case damage warrants requests for state and federal resources.

Decisions of when garbage pickup will resume in the city and county after no pickups Tuesday remained uncertain late Tuesday.

“It’s just a wait and see,” said Lee County Administrator Sean Thompson said.

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