Sevier County preps for winter weather

Sevier County Emergency Management spent Tuesday getting ready for a winter storm expected to hit the area through Thursday.

All Sevier County Roads have a treatment of Salt Brine prior to the latest winter storm. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sevier County Emergency Management spent Tuesday getting ready for a winter storm expected to hit the area through Thursday.

The county's emergency vehicles on Tuesday afternoon were changed into snow tires and preparing back up vehicles for snow operations.

John Matthews with Sevier County's Emergency Operations says they're watching the latest forecast to see where their attention needs to be focused. From there's ride out the storm responding to wrecks as they happen.

"Wrecks, fender benders, they'll be bringing in the most calls to the county," said Matthews. "We usually receive a lot of phone calls on the same vehicle in the same area. so once 911 gets that call they have an obligation to send someone to that vehicle regardless of whether they believe that vehicle has been checked or not."

Matthews reminds folks to look for a piece of yellow or orange tape on a vehicle that's stuff off the side of the road. He says if that's there rescue workers have already checked the vehicle.

Sevier County Schools spent the day trying to figure out whether or not to cancel school on Wednesday. Spokesperson Debra Cline says the district's trying to make the best decision for the kids.

"The safety of children must be the first consideration. We've got to do all that we can do to make good decisions to keep those children as safe as possible," said Cline.

EMA hopes people will just stay off the roads once the storm hits.


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