WINTER STORM: Roads clearing up, still ice in shaded areas
Staff Reports The Cullman Times
Cullman city streets are open, but several Cullman County roads are still experiencing problems, so officials ask that all motorists use caution as they travel.
Cullman County Emergency Management Agency Director Phyllis Little said Interstate mile markers 313-310 have experienced some re-icing issues and the Alabama Department of Transportation along with local road crews are currently working on those areas.
"A tractor trailer went off in that area of the interstate because of ice and several spots still have problems, but the sunshine is helping and the temperature should reach into the 40's this afternoon," Little said. "There is a spread out amount of power outages across the county and crews are expecting to have most, if not all, customers back up today. They will work on the smaller areas without power and plan to have those residents working by tomorrow."
Little said the EMA office will be closing at noon, but will remain on call for local response agencies.
"After this, we will still have wet spots that will freeze overnight, and we will work on that as it comes," Little said. "Right now, most roads are passable, and are getting better. Continue to use caution, especially in the shady areas where ice hasn't melted."
Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper said the police department has utilized their army utility vehicles for assisting with disabled vehicles, and most recently, an 18-wheeler jackknifed on Interstate 65.
"We've had about a dozen accidents in the city limits this morning, most are one-vehicle incidents with drivers sliding off the road or getting stuck in a neighboring ditch, so we've been able to use the army vehicles and have really needed them today," Culpepper said. "The main roads have gotten a lot better, but some areas are still having issues. ALDOT, the city, county and state road crews did a great job sanding and treating the roadways to keep traffic flowing."