Due to the winter storm warning facing the Atlanta metro area, Douglas County Government offices, libraries, park and recreation centers and the senior center closed at noon today. As a result of the storm, Douglas County has partially opened its emergency operations center.
Several members of the Douglas County government and department heads gathered for a morning briefing on the status of the winter storm by the National Weather Service Atlanta Division to monitor the storm and its impact on Douglas County citizens. Commission Chairman Dr. Romona Jackson-Jones and County Administrator Mark Teal were constantly briefed and kept up to date on the response. Douglas County Emergency Officials want to encourage residents of the county not to travel on the roads unless it is absolutely necessary.
“If you don’t have to travel, please don’t,” said Deputy Director of Communications Rick Martin. “We are encouraging all motorists to please stay off the roads until the Winter Storm Warning is over Saturday 10:00 a.m.”
Emergency Services, which include Fire, EMS and Police and Sheriff’s Office, have responded to a number of motor vehicle accidents. The Douglas County Department of Transportation has dispatched vehicles around the county to treat various roads. “The Department of Transportation has a manager monitoring traffic cameras all over the county and I’m also happy to report we have no road closures at this time,” said Martin.
Several events have been cancelled, including the Douglas County Chamber Singers Christmas Concert, which was scheduled for tonight at 8 p.m. No new date has been announced. Through the Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Parks and Recreation has postponed the Deer Lick Park Christmas event and Tree Lighting ceremony scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2017 due to the inclement weather.
“A new date has not been scheduled as yet,” explained Deputy Director Tracie Ivey. “We will work on scheduling a new date sometime next week.”