A frozen Bradley County slowly returning to warmer conditions
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Cleveland appeared somewhat like a ghost town Wednesday morning, as residents stayed off snowy, icy roadways. A few cars littered the parking lot of Bradley Square Mall, possibly left there by their owners during the height of Tuesday’s snowfall.
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Cleveland Utilities Water Division crews were called to South Lee Highway this morning to fix a water main that added to icing from Tuesday’s snowfall.

Meanwhile, city streets and county roadways continue to slowly clear as the thermometer is expected to rise above the freezing mark today.

Little activity around Cleveland Wednesday allowed roadways to warm under sunshine. Drivers who had left their cars parked along roadways and parking lots were able to begin retrieving them.

During the storm Tuesday, gridlock was noted in a number of areas in the city.

“With the volume of calls for minor crashes, we requested drivers involved in minor crashes to collect insurance information from those involved, and to file reports with us if needed,” said Cleveland Police Chief David Bishop.

Sheriff Jim Ruth said deputies with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office were also swamped with calls through Bradley County 911 and the same instructions were given to drivers.

No serious injuries were reported during the storm due to auto crashes, according to the Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency.

Multiple-vehicle crashes were reported on Candies Lane, Paul Huff Parkway and other areas. In all, more than 150 crashes were reported to dispatchers as traffic was slowed by the winter precipitation.

Residents were advised to stay indoors if possible and travel only in case of emergency due to the low temperatures, which froze the road surfaces.

The temperature dropped below the freezing mark just after 6 p.m. Monday, and was expected to climb above it today by early afternoon.

“Our break this morning wasn’t due to freezing,” said Jamie Creekmore, a Cleveland Utilities customer relations representative.

Creekmore said a crew of five worked to repair the line after it was damaged as frozen ground shifted.

The 6-inch cast iron water main was repaired and no residential or commercial customers were affected.

The break had been reported at 1 a.m.

Bradley County Fire-Rescue Chief Troy Maney reported no fire calls were made in the county overnight.

Cleveland Fire Chief Steve Haun reported a residential fire on Lang Street was the only fire-related call city firefighters had to respond to during the frigid night.

Both the Cleveland Bradley County school systems were closed Wednesday and today.

“We will be out checking roadways in the county once again today, to help directors of schools to make the determination whether the roadways will be safe for buses to travel and students who drive to school,” said Troy Spence, CBCEMA director.

Spence noted the possibility that county classes could be out Friday as well.

Cleveland State Community College was expected to reopen today and Bradley County government was on a two-hour delay.