Responders work overnight to monitor and clear the roads, help motorists

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Wednesday night was a busy one for Guntersville Police as they worked to monitor roads, help motorists, and answer calls.

As the snow came down the roads filled up, and Guntersville Police were out in force using every resource they had.

Roads leading up the mountains were full of cars at a standstill. “We finally got most of the congestion out by about eight thirty and then the DOT crews and some of their contract crews continued to work overnight to get the mountain opened up for today,” Chief Jim Peterson says. Chief Peterson has been out with his officers and the road crews since the snow started falling.

Overnight the calls, the focus, and the priorities for the department were to help motorists, work any wrecks, and monitor the roads.

Thursday is  the same story, different chapter. “The main thing we’re doing today is we’re patrolling all of our streets and our areas, we’re responding to any calls that come in for assistance. Mainly we don’t have a lot of routine police type calls, we have assistance calls that we’re doing,” Chief Peterson says.

They’ve been helping the fire department and other responders with the calls those entities are getting and also monitoring the streets to clear them of stranded cars and watch the conditions. “It’s an ongoing fight right now, we had a substantial amount of snow as everyone knows and it’s just a lot of work to be done and we only have what resources we have to try to clear the problem up,” Chief Peterson says.