County declares state of emergency

Some wrecks reported, emergency services on standby
By DeeAnna Haney | Feb 12, 2014

Haywood County has declared a state of emergency and has opened up emergency shelter at the Department of Social Services in anticipation of more snow.

Greg Shuping, emergency management director for the county, said emergency crews have responded to some vehicle accidents due to snowy and icy roads.

"We are running some wrecks but we are not busy right now," Shuping said around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. "We have additional law enforcement, fire and EMS units actively on standby."

The state of emergency was declared following Gov. Pat McCrory's announcement declaring a state of emergency statewide, urging drivers to stay off the roads if possible.

"We just made our announcement in coordination with the governor because that opens us up for reimbursement," he said.

So far, the snowfall accumulation has been less than the anticipated two inches per hour. However, the county makes emergency response plans based on the National Weather Service, which forecasts heavy snow through Thursday morning.

"The roads are in poor condition but because there is not much accumulation emergency services are not hampered at this time, but they are slow to respond. You can expect a delayed response because of safety concerns, but we are not having any unpredicted problems," Shuping said.

The Haywood County Department of Social Services, located at 157 Paragon Parkway in Clyde, is now open as a temporary emergency shelter.

"The shelter is open to anyone that is displaced because of the storm or could be stranded by the storm," Shuping said.

So far, there has been no one at the shelter.

County offices are closed however, essential staff remain on duty.