Valdosta Daily Times

January 29, 2014

Preparing for the storm

Adam Floyd
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA —  — In addition to school closings, the weather could lead to disruptions of some services, like trash collection. The Times has compiled a short list of local agencies and their responses to the conditions.

— The Times offices will delay opening until 10 a.m. today.

— Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office remains open today. Additional officers have not been called to duty, but the Sheriff’s Office is on standby and is continuing to monitor conditions and to advise citizens to drive safely.

— The Valdosta Police Department asks that citizens avoid traveling on city streets until the weather passes. If driving is necessary, citizens are urged to slow down, allow extra time to get to their destinations, and pay extra attention to crossing over bridges as they freeze quicker than roadways.

— City of Valdosta: Due to safety concerns, the city’s Public Works may suspend sanitation services if roads are iced, said Public Works Director John Whitehead.

City departments are taking steps to protect public property from damage due to the drop in temperature, and the Engineering Department is prepared to respond to the effects of severe weather.

— Georgia Department of Transportation has trucks loaded with a mixture of salt and rock ready to spread on the roadways in the event of ice. Bridges and overpasses will be monitored along with Interstate 75 and other major roadways like SR 300, US 19, US 82 and US 27. GDOT encourages motorists to stay off the road if possible.

— Red Cross Operations Office in Valdosta will be closed today. It has also responded to a request from the Salvation Army for blankets and will respond to requests from churches and other agencies seeking to open a shelter.

— Children’s Advocacy Center will be closed.

— Valdosta Lowndes Parks and Recreation Authority will delay opening facilities until 10 a.m.