February 13, 2014
With warming temperatures melting snow and ice on roads, Johns Creek is closing its Emergency Operations Center at 2 p.m. Thursday, but crews will continue clearing streets as long as needed.
Although the worst of the winter storm appears over, temperatures are expected to fall below freezing Thursday night, which will create the possibility of patches of "black ice" on roads. Public Works crews will continue to use motor-graders and a snowplow to spread salt and sand mixture on roads until 7 p.m., and then three crews will remain on duty.
The City fared fairly well during the ice storm, which struck Tuesday. There was only one traffic accident, which had no injuries. There were no weather-related injuries, no road closures, no abandoned cars, no reported power outages and only three fallen trees, which were quickly cleared.
Police Chief Ed Densmore commended residents for heeding calls to stay off the roads.
"People were good; they stayed home, and didn't give us any more issues to deal with," Densmore said. "With all the ice, this could have been a disaster if people had decided to test the roads. But it's not necessarily over. People still need to use caution and slow down. Speed limits are for normal driving conditions."
The City had eight crews working around the clock since Tuesday spreading about 700 tons of salt and sand on major roads. As the sleet turned to snow on Wednesday, the City also used two motor-graders and a snow plow to clear roads. Police added more officers to its patrol schedule to monitor road conditions and respond to any emergencies that might arise. The City finance staff has not yet tabulated the storm's cost to City coffers.
According to the National Weather Service, Friday will bring a 30 percent chance of evening showers in 40-degree temperatures. Skies should be clear over the weekend with highs up to the mid-50s and lows in the 30s.
No determination has been made yet about whether City offices and facilities will be open Friday.