Lessons Learned In Montgomery After Winter Storm 2014


By Catalina Trivino

From Montgomery -- Mayor Todd Strange is speaking out on what he learned from Winter Storm 2014. Is he satisfied that the city did everything possible to keep you safe?

Officially here in Montgomery we got about a half an inch of snow, but it was more of a combination of the snow and ice that caused all the traffic headaches. Now, Strange looks back with us to see what he believes they can improve on for next time.

For two days, Montgomery city and county leaders shut down roads then announced a 25 mile-per-hour speed limit. There were 85 wrecks due to the icy conditions.

But it's a different sight to see now. -- more sanding is being down across Montgomery and people are going back to work.

"She talks about how the city did right in closing the roadways and 25 mph was a good move," Said Montgomery resident, Bonnie Ashcraft.
Mayor Todd Strange says, he believes, they did a lot of things right -- but there were situations they learned from.

"We need to have 311 where we were. And only by coincidence because 311 is a non-emergency call number. So when we said "non-emergency personnel are relieved from their duty" they felt relieved," Said Strange.

That's when Strange says they lost city workers that help with service requests, like helping break ice. They later brought those people back on duty. He also believes there should have been a map of sanded roads available for all emergency personnel to see.

Strange says bringing salt to the city is a possibility for the future.

"We need a fleet of salting vehicles, but maybe we need to have a few that we can attach to a vehicle and go to those very strategic, points where it's going to be bottleneck. We know where those are," Said Strange.

It's too early to know whether they'll bring salt for sure. They'll have to look at costs for that. Strange says he also believes they need to have more food and  water in stock in case grocery stores closed like they did.

City and county agencies plan to meet next week about what they did well and what changes they need to make.

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