Shoals Crews Prepare Hours In Advance Of Possible Winter Weather

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Crews in the Shoals started planning for this potentially dangerous weather event hours before precipitation started coming down.   

Monday afternoon, city workers loaded up trucks with salt and workers stayed on stand-by.

Thousands of pounds of salt and sand are ready to be put down on miles of roadway across Florence.

Crews at the Florence Street Department are on alert, waiting to get dispatched by the police department.    

"This is a classic North Alabama winter weather pattern, where it could be just a difference in a mile, so what’s going on in Waterloo could be totally different in Rogersville or the Central communities or Killen," said John Mansell, Supervisor of Safety for Lauderdale County Schools.

In order to come up with a game plan for the large coverage area, leaders and emergency management workers from every end of the county gathered at the Florence-Lauderdale Emergency Management Office for a national weather service briefing.

Lauderdale County School leaders paid close attention to exactly when the event may start.

Administrators say they gather as much information as possible when deciding when and if to dismiss schools.

With more than 8,000 students in the school system, it takes planning and coordination to create a plan, and communicate that plan to parents.

"If we have to make a decision, we are always going to err on the side of caution," said Mansell.

If salt trucks get dispatched by the police department, crews will begin on emergency routes first.

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