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EMA officials stress preparedness

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Chatham County Emergency Management and the city of Savannah are getting ready for slick road conditions this week.

Area bridges will be under the close eye of law enforcement and state department of transportation as the potential for freezing rain grows.

CEMA is monitoring the storm from their command center. So is the City of Savannah, who has 20 to 50 trucks which can carry sand, just in case.

They have crews to deal with fallen trees and assist Georgia Power with any potential power outages to clear brush.

Before the roads get dangerous, CEMA Director Clayton Scott warns the bridges are will ice first, from the Bull River Bridge heading to Tybee to the Diamond Causeway heading towards Skidaway Island and the Talmadge Bridge.

"You take something like the Talmadge Bridge,  which has a big peak in it, and you are accelerating going up it. You hit ice you are going to spin on the way down the bridge. It's the same thing. You will start breaking to slow down. Nothing is going to happen. Bridges are by far the most dangerous for icy conditions," said Scott.

In this kind of situation, Scott said home is the safest place to be. 

Meanwhile, while the city and the county as you to stay home, they do want residents to be helpful and call the city's 311 line if they see any urgent situations. The 311 hotline will be manned and ready to respond to reports of icy roads,  downed tree limbs and other situations which need immediate attention.
"Those of us from the north know there is really no safe way to drive on ice. That's a whole different thing than snow. It's just very, very difficult. So, the smart thing is to be at home. If we do get freezing rain there is likely to be trees and power lines down. There will be roads inaccessible anyway if we have those conditions," Peter Shonka, Savannah Assistant City Manager, told WTOC.
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