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Gwinnett County Officials give a County Update

Gwinnett County, GA--  (submitted by Gwinnett County Government)

This has been one of the more significant snow and ice events Gwinnett has experienced in many years in terms of volume of snow and ice on the roads in combination with below-freezing temperatures. Despite the colder temperatures expected over the next few days, the sun, low humidity, and wind are expected to help accelerate the natural evaporation and melting process.

The Gwinnett County Department of Transportation has been responding to weather-related road conditions since the winter storm hit metropolitan Atlanta on Sunday evening. The department has been primarily cooperating with and assisting the County's emergency personnel and crews, which have responded to icy conditions on major thoroughfares and collector streets.

 

Trash and recycling pickup delayed

Icy conditions continue to delay residential trash and recycling pickup in unincorporated Gwinnett County. There will be no curbside pickup on Thursday, January 13. Service will resume when weather conditions permit. Continue to check www.gwinnettcounty.com for further updates and stay tuned to local news for weather information. Your patience is appreciated during this unusual circumstance.

Road maintenance

Road maintenance crews have been and will continue to work in the following shifts addressing issues with side streets and corridors:

  • From 5:00am to 7:00pm, five trucks equipped with snow plows, six motor graders, 15 sand/salt spreaders (depending on the specific need), and approximately 35 employees have been responding to calls received primarily from the County's 911 emergency call center
  • From 7:00pm to 5:00am, four trucks equipped with snowplows, three sand/salt spreaders (depending on the specific need), and a minimum of eight employees are available to respond to emergency-related calls with the ability to call in more personnel if necessary

Use caution on the road

Gwinnett County officials urge drivers to use extreme caution as conditions along roadways can change greatly over short distances. The hope is that the sun, low humidity, and wind will help accelerate the natural evaporation and melting process of the ice. However, temperatures are still low, and large patches of ice can be found. Gwinnett Police are temporarily closing some roads due to large patches of ice and accidents, so please travel only if necessary. If you must drive, please use extreme caution, and remember to call 911 if there is an emergency.

 

Heating safety

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services wants to remind residents to keep the following safety tips in mind when using home-heating appliances such as fireplaces, space heaters, and kerosene heaters:

  • If you are building a fire in your fireplace to heat a room, make sure the fire is small. A fire that is too big or too hot could damage the chimney or catch the house on fire
  • Space heaters can be dangerous if not used properly. Keep plenty of space around the heater and never place combustibles such as clothing, furniture, or bedding too close to the space heater
  • Kerosene heaters should be used in well-ventilated areas. Before refueling a kerosene heater, allow the heater to properly cool, and always refuel outdoors. Remember to use the proper type of fuel for kerosene heaters - never mix kerosene with other types of fuels

Make sure none of these home-heating appliances are left on when you leave your home or go to sleep and that there is always an adult supervising the use of these heaters. Finally, never use a charcoal grill or patio fireplace inside the home, and be sure to call 911 in the event of an emergency.

 

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