Emergency officials ready for icy weather in Sevier County

Emergency officials ready for icy weather in Sevier County

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The maintenance department has been checking all of their trucks and getting them ready for icy conditions. The maintenance department has been checking all of their trucks and getting them ready for icy conditions.
"Keep track of what's happening, because the weather forecast can change drastically from minute to minute," said Bob Stahlke of the Sevierville Police Department. "Keep track of what's happening, because the weather forecast can change drastically from minute to minute," said Bob Stahlke of the Sevierville Police Department.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - Emergency officials in Sevier County are on standby just in case things get bad Friday.

"We went through this drill just last week, but we are doing our final checks to make sure everything is fine," said Pigeon Forge Fire Chief Tony Watson.

Watson says they have activated their severe weather plan. Their maintenance department has been checking all of their trucks and getting them ready for icy conditions.

Watson just hopes residents will be prepared as well.

"If it becomes bad weather, the best thing is to stay at home," said Watson.

The Sevierville Police Department is also prepared. They already have several vehicles ready for icy roads.

"For the police department, one of the things we want to make sure we do is have vehicles on hand such as four-wheel drive vehicles in case the weather does get bad," said Sevierville Police Department spokesman Bob Stahlke.

Crews in the county have already started to pretreat the roads with brine.

Emergency officials encourage residents to keep a close eye on the weather.

"Keep track of what's happening, because the weather forecast can change drastically from minute to minute," said Stahlke.

The Sevier County EMA director, John Matthews, says he has been in contact with all emergency agencies in the county. They are in direct contact with the National Weather Service.

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