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NC National Guard Deployed To Elizabeth City, Other Areas

11:57 AM, Jan 29, 2014   |    comments
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RALEIGH, N.C.-- Humvee teams with the North Carolina National Guard have been deployed in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County and Camden County in the wake of Tuesday night's snowstorm.  

Gov. Pat McCrory, Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry and and Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata gave an assessment of the storm on the Tar Heel state on Wednesday.

"To help our coastal communities dig out from the snow and ice, we're sending more maintenance employees and trucks from the the Triad region to Eastern North Carolina today," said Secretary Tata. "This team approach is a critical part of our effort to make roads safe for travel."

Two people died during the storm - in accidents in Surry County - and Gov. McCrory urged everyone to stay safe, whether they're driving or walking in the snow and ice.

"I almost about busted my rear end," he said, as he described going out this morning and nearly falling to the ground. "If the governor can nearly slip, anyone can," he added.

While officials said the overall snow accumulations have been lower than anticipated, areas from the Outer Banks to Wilmington that had the wintry mix faced most dangerous conditions. State troopers responded to 2,500 calls for service on Tuesday when the storm hit. As of mid-morning Wednesday, authorities responded to more than 600 incidents, mainly stranded or abandoned cars.

As for when conditions will improve, North Carolina Dept. of Transportation says it hopes to have all primary roads cleared by this afternoon and then crews will turn their attention to secondary roads.

"To help our coastal communities dig out from the snow and ice, we're sending more maintenance employees and trucks from the the Triad region to Eastern North Carolina today," said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. "This team approach is a critical part of our effort to make roads safe for travel." Sprayberry added, "The weather's been bad, but we dodged a bit of a bullet considering some of the other states."

McCrory ended the briefing, saying "Enjoy your family time, stay inside and off the roads if you can and continue to be safe."

According the the Governor's office: currently, 2,503 NCDOT employees are operating 1,331 trucks and 173 graders to combat the effects of the storm. They are focusing first on the interstate and primary routes that carry the highest levels of traffic and serve as key connectors between cities and towns. Then, they will address secondary roads that carry local traffic.

Eighteen counties have activated Emergency Operations Centers, while most of the remaining counties are monitoring storm conditions. Three shelters were open overnight in Brunswick, Iredell and Mecklenburg counties to provide a warm, safe place for those in who needed it. About 50 people sought refuge at the shelters.

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