SYLACAUGA – With snow and single-digit temperatures, Mother Nature has continued to keep most things shut down across the state today, and south Talladega, including Childersburg and Sylacauga, is no exception.
For parents concerned about school, due to the continued State of Emergency across Alabama, Sylacauga City Schools will be closed again on Thursday.
Also the school system had a retiree luncheon scheduled for Thursday. It has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 1, at 10:30 a.m. at Sylacauga High School.
Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson is keeping the public informed about road conditions through the Sylacauga Police Department’s Facebook page.
“I have spoken with the Talladega County EMA director about conditions in and around Talladega County. According to Talladega County EMA, the conditions that we are facing now with the icy conditions are expected to worsen as night falls,” he said this afternoon. “We do not expect to be opening any of our streets through tomorrow morning. I understand that this situation is inconvenient, but for everyone’s safety, please stay inside and off of the roadways.”
Avoid travel unless it is absolutely necessary, he said.
Emergency services have responded to numerous motor vehicle accidents throughout Talladega County.
“Sylacauga, Talladega County, and all other cities within Talladega County still have their roads and streets closed due to icy conditions,” he said. “Since we are not going to make it above freezing today, it is likely that all streets will remain closed until the time that our streets are passable.”
Childersburg Police Chief Richard McClelland said he had been riding the roads around Childersburg today. He said U.S. 280 was passable, but had icy spots and if anyone had to travel it, they should watch for ice.
Within the city, the police said all roads and streets remain closed with lots of ice on them, especially those with shady spots.
“We had multiple wrecks within the past hour in our area,” he said. “All have been one-vehicle accidents. Please continue to stay off the roads unless you have an emergency. Stay home, safe and warm.”
McClelland said the public can check the police department’s Facebook page for updates.
The Childersburg City Hall remained closed today. A council meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday evening was rescheduled until Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m.at City Hall.
According to Talladega County’s EMA Facebook page, hazardous road conditions are going to continue throughout the day since the temperature is not going to get above freezing.
It listed Talladega County roads that are deemed impassable as municipal roads in Childersburg, Sylacauga and Talladega.
The Talladega County EMA is requesting its page followers to share this post to reach more Talladega County residents -- #alwx.
The Sylacauga Utilities Board, which serves more than 12,000 customers in Sylacauga and the surrounding, has reported no power outages or problems related natural gas, water or waste water services.
In the previous snow storm and icy weather in early December, several hundred customers were without power for several days due to falling tree limbs laden with ice.
Sylacauga Mayor Jim Heigl said this afternoon that so far this has been a hard winter on local municipalities. He said the city’s roads are going to remain closed at least until Thursday morning.
“This is to be on the safe side since temperatures will start falling this afternoon,” he said.
The mayor said city offices are going to remain closed until noon Thursday.
Coosa Valley Medical Center had its weather protocol in place, and is temporarily limiting visitation to protect patients, employees and guests from the spread of flu.
Information on the hospital’s website said, “For the safety of yourself and others, please do not enter the medical center to visit patients if you have any of the following flu-like symptoms: fever, sore throat, diarrhea, cough and body aches.”