DeKalb County leaders brace for frigid blast - CBS46 News

DeKalb County leaders brace for frigid blast

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Leaders of public safety, utility and public works departments in DeKalb County gathered Sunday evening at Police Headquarters for a rare emergency response planning session, in advance of the oncoming winter blast.

With temperatures expected to drop to the single digits on Tuesday, the National Weather Service is warning that any moisture on the roads will almost certainly freeze and create a strong likelihood of black ice.

"We'll have (salt) trucks on the ground ready to go," said Peggy Allen of the Department of Traffic and Engineering. She said they already have eight trucks on standby.

"We're better prepared now," she said. "We're better prepared than in 2011."

"Everyone in that room will tell you that this kind of meeting didn't happen on the front end (in 2011)," said DeKalb County CEO Lee May, who called the Sunday evening meeting. He said they learned a great deal from the response of three years ago, when all of metro Atlanta was covered in ice for a week.

"I wanted to make sure we had all our key personnel in place in case of emergency," he said.

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