Marshall County EMA Encourages Residents To Stay Home As Roads Freeze

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Gault Avenue in Etowah County turned into a veritable parking lot, as ice-covered roads had drivers stuck in traffic for hours Tuesday afternoon.

Next door in Marshall County, ice and snow were the cause of more than 80 wrecks.

"Some of those required transport with injuries but the majority of cars are out in ditches, and we have no idea how many those are. They're all over the place," said Anita McBurnett, Director of Marshall County EMA.

Marshall County EMA employees have worked since Monday night spreading crushed gravel, sand, and salt on the major thoroughfares.

For those who must be out on the road, many of the main highways and state roads are passable, but still dangerous.

"They have slick spots but if people slow down and use caution they will be able to drive without any issues," said McBurnett.

However secondary roads - county roads and community streets - are still covered in snow and ice.

McBurnett encourages drivers to stay home unless absolutely necessary that they leave the house.

"We're not used to driving on it on a daily basis and don't have the resources they have up north, so people need to use a little common sense," said McBurnett. "If you've got a vacation day, take it. It's better to stay home then getting out o it if you're that uncomfortable."

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