DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s good news to report about the effort to get students home safely in Fort Payne and DeKalb County.
All students are home in DeKalb County were home by 2:30 p.m. and all Fort Payne students were scheduled to be home by 3:30 p.m. according to Michael Posey, Deputy Director of the DeKalb County EMA. Posey said Fort Payne used city vehicles to bring the rest of the students home safely.
Hundreds of students were held at school for a few hours after early dismissal on Tuesday because buses were not able to take them home safely. Buses started the trip but had to return to school because the routes were covered in snow and icy spots, especially on Lookout Mountain.
The situation rapidly improved since earlier in the day, when 700 students were still at Fort Payne schools as of 12:30 p.m.
The students were taken care of and fed, said DeKalb County EMA Director Anthony Clifton.