Bartlesville crews prepared for weather issues

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Reported by: Eddie Randle
Updated: 2/05 9:09 am Published: 2/04 5:05 pm

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Bartlesville received the most snow on Tuesday with about 2 1/2 inches.

FOX23 caught up with the Washington County Emergency Management team.

Crews said they are monitoring storm systems and answering phones, and said they're ready to respond to any emergency that may happen.

Kerry Cox is Emergency Management director for Bartlesville and Washington County. Cox said despite getting the most snow fall in Green Country, drivers have been pretty cautious.

“All of our schools closed so that of course helped alleviate some of the traffic, but the rest of the traffic everybody has been taking it easy and slow,” he said.

But he told FOX23 his team is ready to head out at any minute.

“If the conditions were to get quite a bit worse and we started having stranded motorist(s) then we would send crews out to assist the sheriff's office and the police department, as well as the highway patrol in checking on those motorists,” he said.

Cox said there aren't many problem areas, but Highway 75 has more traffic, which can sometimes result in more accidents.

“Travelers coming through there and getting stranded,” he said.

“We've got some crews on standby; we're basically a volunteer organization, so outside of just a couple of employees the rest of our team is volunteer,” said Cox.

Officials told FOX23 they will have crews on standby throughout the week monitoring this winter weather.

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