Dadeville survives arctic blast injury-freePublished 2:05am Friday, January 31, 2014
Despite treacherous icy roads and snowfall amounts unseen in Tallapoosa County for more than a decade, Dadeville police reported no injuries or serious car accidents.
The snow started falling Tuesday morning. By early afternoon, the Tallapoosa County Highway Department declared county roads impassable due to icing in curves and bridges and the Dadeville Police Department was asking residents to stay off the streets for their own safety.
Dadeville Sgt. Investigator Jonathan Floyd said his department dealt with a flurry of “normal weather-related traffic issues,” specifically drivers who’d lost control on ice and slid into ditches.
“But we were extremely lucky,” Floyd said. “There were no reports of big accidents or injuries. Alex City and New Site had it worse than we did with cars off the road. We were blessed, and we were lucky.”
Floyd said drivers on U.S. Highway 280 — which is maintained by the Alabama Department of Transportation — had a particularly problematic time Tuesday and early Wednesday, keeping Dadeville Police busy with the stretch in Dadeville’s city limits.
“We had to exercise great patience because ALDOT was stretched very thin,” he said.
Floyd praised Dadeville residents for following officials suggestion to stay off the roads.
“I was extremely pleased with the cooperation between the citizens with the police department,” Floyd said. “I think everybody understood the severity of the situation, so our citizens exercised great caution.”
Tallapoosa County Emergency Management Agency director Joe Paul Boone said Wednesday that while major highways were open, county roads remained closed.
“All of our county roads are still closed due to the ice and snow,” Boone said Wednesday. “I talked to the State Trooper Post earlier this morning and they said Highway 280 is open as well as Highway 22 East. They’re still asking people that if they have to be on the road, use it for emergencies only.”
Even after things began to thaw out Friday, county officials asked drivers to stay off the road in areas north of U.S. Highway 280. New Site police reported special difficulties and numerous cars that had to be pulled out of ditches due to still-slick road. Officials were also concerned the melted snow would freeze once again on roads causing dangerous conditions.