Bolivar survives weather with minor incidents
by Courtney Warren
Feb 13, 2014 | 2208 views | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Emergency officials stayed busy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday due to the icy roads and poor driving conditions.

Thursday morning public works employees began working to scrape the gravel and sand from the sidewalks and clear the roads of broken up ice.

According to Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Tony Dunn 27 accidents were worked from Monday afternoon to Tuesday.

“We have had one fatality, which was in Carroll County and three accidents, one in Holmes County, one in Sunflower County and one in Bolivar County, that were moderate injury accidents,” he said Tuesday.

“We have had numerous incident calls, which involved just pulling a vehicle out of a ditch to assisting stranded motorist with vehicle troubles," he said.

Dunn explained there were no accidents in Bolivar County on Monday, eight with one injury on Tuesday, and 10 on Wednesday with three being moderate injury accidents.

"We were called to over 100 incidents which involved just standing by as vehicles were pulled from ditches or shoulders that did not need a report or to a stranded vehicle," said Dunn.

Cleveland Police Chief Buster Bingham said, as of late Wednesday morning. there had been no major accidents in the city, which was good because that meant people were staying indoors and out of danger.

Due to the size of the county, the EOC volunteers and the k-9 Unit was called out to assisted the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department with traffic control and accidents.

K-9 Unit Chief Shane Henderson said, "We assisted the sheriff's department in people running off the roads. We made sure people were O.K. and they were safe. We called wreckers and ambulances if they needed it. It was manpower riding the roads and assisting the department, the county's huge and we helped respond to calls."

According to the National Weather Service Thursday's forecast is mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph with Thursday evening being partly cloudy, with a low around 33. South-southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.