County escapes major damage

Published 8:39 am Monday, January 10, 2011

Ice is seen on a limb in downtown Troy, Ala., Monday, Jan. 10, 2010. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)

Pike County dodged a bullet as the anticipated ice storm moved north, leaving Troy and surrounding areas with only minimal ice accumulation and few reported power outages.

As of 8 a.m., EMA Director Jeanna Barnes said she had received no reports of ice damage or widespread power outages.

“The county road department is out now evaluating the roads, to determine if they’re safe,” she said.

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Sgt. Benny Scarbrough of the Troy Police Department also said the storm appeared to have been less of an threat than first anticipated.

“I haven’t heard any reports of major damage, but we’re still urging everyone to use caution,” he said. “If you don’t have to get out on the roads, don’t drive. If you do have to get on the roads, use common sense and caution. Leave a little early and drive slowly.”

The National Weather Service downgraded the ice storm warning for Pike County and instead issued a freezing rain advisory overnight Sunday.

According to Barnes, about .26 inches of ice was reported in the county, primarily on power lines; trees; and grassy areas.

Chellie Phillips, spokesperson for South Alabama Electric Cooperative, said the company had “withstood the threat of the winter storm. We had only a few scattered outages during the night.”

The SAEC offices will open at 10 a.m. today for regular business. Outages can be reported to 1-800-556-2060.

Dianna Lee, marketing officer for Troy Bank and Trust, said all locations would open at 10 a.m. Monday. “We’ll be open for business then.”

The Pike County Commission meeting scheduled for tonight has been cancelled, according to Barnes.

Follow for more updates today and complete coverage in Tuesday’s print edition of The Messenger.