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Olive Branch mayor declares emergency status following severe winter weather

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Olive Branch Mayor Ken Adams has declared an emergency status due to the unprecedented winter weather that has spanned across the state this week.

Adams released on Thursday that record low temperatures and icy conditions throughout the region have stressed all utility systems, as well as made navigating roads almost impossible.

The city started running salt and sand trucks before Sunday evening’s winter precipitation, but refreezing is anticipated overnight as lows drop below freezing again.

At this time, the city has no reported ruptured water mains, but numerous Olive Branch residents have notified city officials of busted water pipes in homes and businesses. Adams has since asked all residents to refrain from washing clothes, running dishwashers, and other activities that require using large quantities of water.

The Olive Branch Police Department has since issued the following Inclement Weather Policy after working over 20 motor vehicle accident reports:

  • If you are in a fender bender, there are absolutely no injuries, and no vehicles need to be towed, please exchange information with the other party/parties and report the incident at the Olive Branch Police Department when road conditions are back to normal
  • If you are involved in a motor vehicle collision, there are injuries, and any vehicles need to be towed, please call 911 or (662) 895-4111 for first responder assistance

4 people now dead due to cold temps, wintery conditions in Mississippi

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