20 Percent Of Roads Frozen Over In Montgomery

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By Catalina Trivino

The city of Montgomery has officially closed its roadways. City officials say 20-percent of the roads have been frozen over -- even Governor Bentley urged everyone to stay home if it all possible.

Multiple agencies at the Montgomery City and County Emergency Operations Center have been working tireless hours to make sure Montgomery's roadways are safe. They've been distributing resources all day across town where needed.

County officials say  Winter Storm 2014 is living up to its name and they're calling the icy roads the "worst case scenario." There have now been over 40 crashes across Montgomery. Chris Conway, Director of Public Works for the city of Montgomery, says they'll be sanding the roadways all day and all night.

"We are getting the sand out on the bridges as fast as we can but again the freezing rain is hitting the sand and freezing it pretty quick too," Said Conway.

Roads covered in ice have left multiple cars on the side of the road leaving total worse to pick them up, but that's blocked lanes and backed up traffic. A UPS 18-wheeler was also found on the median on Interstate 65 after it slipped on ice.

"For Montgomery, Alabama it's probably one of the worst situations that we would fear," Said Public Safety Director, Chris Murphy. "We are not as equipped as New Jersey and some of the other sister states, but the rain and sleet came in earlier and a little more north then they were expecting."

The Montgomery Fire Department has added an extra 30 people in strategic locations all across town so that they can arrive to an emergency incident even more quickly.

There were more than a dozen agencies across Montgomery or distributing resources at the emergency operations Center today. Public Safety officials are advising people to stay off the roadways.

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