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DeKalb County road crews on standby for winter weather

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

DeKalb County Public Works employees are in standby mode, waiting to see if snow or ice blankets the county within the next 24 hours.

"We are going to be working around the clock until the threat of severe weather conditions pass," said Burke Brennan, a spokesperson for DeKalb County.

County officials said crews are in place and ready to move.

"We'll have 12 units, sand spreaders dispersed throughout the county monitoring it first, and as circumstances warrant, we will be pre-treating key locations if we start to see conditions conducive to black ice," said Brennan.

Although DeKalb County is not expected to see heavy snow or ice, county officials said if the forecast changes dramatically, they are better equipped to handle it than they were in the past. In 2011, DeKalb County and most of metro Atlanta were paralyzed by a winter storm that dumped snow and ice on streets making them dangerous undrivable. DeKalb County officials admit they were unprepared, lacking the equipment and supplies needed.

"We learned a lot of lessons in 2011 and we've bought some additional equipment and we have increased our stockpile so we are going to be better prepared in 2013 than we were in 2011," said Brennan.

But officials also said no matter what they do, they need help from county drivers.

"We do want drivers to be careful because that is half of the equation," said Brennan.

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