Heavy snow blankets the county

County Road 19 in the Micaville community was hit hard during last week’s snow storm. The area received up to 12 inches.


Although power was restored to all Alabama Power’s Cleburne County customers during the day Monday, said company spokesman Ike Pigott, some 5,700 residents were without it the previous days.

Many trees and power lines had fallen onto side roads, Cleburne County Schools Superintendent Chad Young said, and there were  icy patches on the roads. All schools, Young said, resumed normal operations Tuesday. The superintendent said the temperatures Sunday night were a factor in keeping schools closed — overnight temperatures were in the upper 20s contributing to slick patches on county roads.

Young said that the county received from 9 to 11 inches of snow during the event. With temperatures moderating on Monday the roads were expected to be safe for the buses to make their rounds.

Cleburne County administrator and director of emergency management Steve Swafford said the hardest hit parts of the county were the Micaville area and U.S. 431 to County Road 6. A large number of power poles were broken along that route. Swafford said there was still a large Alabama Power presence in Cleburne County on Monday afternoon.

Heflin Mayor Rudy Rooks said that the fire and police departments worked all night on Friday clearing the roads of downed limbs. Rooks said a warming station was opened at the Heflin Baptist Church for people without power. Rooks reported that by midday on Sunday all residents had power restored.

The weather did postpone the annual Christmas celebration and parade scheduled for Saturday night. Rooks said the Holidays on Ross and the Christmas parade will be on Dec. 23. The Holidays on Ross will begin at 2 p.m. and the parade will be at 6 p.m.