Lacey said he spent the day Monday and Tuesday watching the National Weather Service (NWS) and calling all county fire stations to make sure everything is in place in case the wintry mix predicted for north Georgia lands here.
Polk County is in an area where light snow accumulations and moderate black ice conditions are possible, according to NWS.
“Last year we bought snow chains for all emergency trucks to make sure we’re prepared for any icing,” Lacey said.
He said the snow chains are on all fire trucks, tankers and rescue vehicles. Lacey also said all county rescue vehicles are four-wheel drive.
Lacey said rescue workers area also prepared for flooding. He has been calling the three Polk County Volunteer Fire Stations with rescue boats to make sure the boats are gassed up and ready if they are needed.
Station 9 in Lake Creek, Station 7 in the Youngs Farm area and Station 4 in Aragon all have rescue boats, he said.
Lacey said has been watching the water levels.
He said Big Cedar Creek in Cedartown rose approximately 2.6 feet in 12 hours on Monday, Jan. 14. Lacey said the creek rose from 3.8 feet to 6.4 feet.
Official flood categories for Big Cedar Creek put 13 feet as the “action stage” and 15 feet as “flood stage.”
Lacey said this week’s rise wasn’t a substantial amount, but the ground is saturated and heavy rains could cause rapid flooding.
The area remains under a flash flood watch until Wednesday evening.