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Macon County Emergency Management issues Monday update

Since Saturday night, crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation have been working non-stop to clear roads across NC. By 3 p.m. on Sunday, more than 1,800 employees in almost 1,200 trucks had applied nearly 10,000 tons of salt while plowing essential routes.

Road conditions remain treacherous in places today as melting snow that refroze overnight and a light dusting of new snowfall combined to create slick spots especially in areas where sunlight is blocked by trees and across bridges and overpasses. Use caution if you must travel today.  Duke Energy is reporting almost 1989 outages this morning down from over 4000 late yesterday. Haywood Electric is reporting only 14 outages this morning, down from almost 1000 yesterday.

Utility crews have outages scattered across almost all of Macon County and have made significant progress but restoration can be difficult and does take time to complete correctly and safely.  Winds could gust at times today which will make the process more difficult and could even create new outages. Please do not contact 9-1-1 to report routine utility outages or ask about road conditions. 

Emergency preparedness and recovery information can be found at www.readync.org , including a link to NC DOT travel information. Information for Duke Energy including outages can be found at www.duke-energy.com. Information for Haywood EMC can be found at www.haywoodemc.com. To sign up for emergency situation updates and weather warnings, go to www.maconnc.org under the Emergency Services tab and click on the CodeRed link.

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