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Many people took to walking home after roads became impassable Wednesday afternoon. Many people took to walking home after roads became impassable Wednesday afternoon.
As you can imagine it’s been a crazy travel day and for some it continues into the night and Wednesday morning. Here’s a look at what happened and is happening in various counties in Central Alabama according to the Emergency Management Agencies.

The Blount County EMA is reporting all of the stranded motorists they are aware of are off county roads. Earlier today it was a different story. Around three, an estimated 200 motorists were stranded on US 278, west of Snead. Most of those folks are ok and have been moved or made it to safe locations. All of Oneonta Roads are officially closed. Also several roads remain barricaded or closed in the county. All other county roads have been declared impassable. While you’ll still find vehicles on the side of roads in Blount County, none, we’re told, are blocking roads.

The Calhoun County EMA is reporting icy road conditions and estimates dozens of stranded motorists although it does not have an official count. Law enforcement and first responders are working as fast as they can to get to the stranded motorists. An official said, “Gridlock is everywhere.” The main problems in the county are Highways 431, 21 and 78 plus Quintard Avenue. All roads have also been declared impassable and officials are asking folks to stay off the roads in order for sand trucks and emergency responders to do their jobs. A warming station is open for stranded motorists along I-20, Oxford Civic Center, 401 McCullars Lane in Oxford near exit 185.

The Clay County EMA is reporting every road is impassable. Sheriff Deputies continue to help the few stranded motorists still on the roads. While there were no pileups, the county does have multiple stranded and abandoned vehicles. Their main road issues – Crooked Creek Bridge on Highway 49 and Smith Curve on Highway 9. As of 9 PM, all school kids were safe. Roads department were unable to get out and sand roads due to the continued snowfall which didn’t stop there until after the sun went down. The county is asking motorists to stay off the roads unless you are an emergency responder. It’s become so dangerous, emergency responders are getting involved in wrecks trying to rescue stranded motorists.

The Cullman County EMA didn’t have much to report. Secondary roads and streets remain icy. While all main roads are open, they remain hazardous.

The Etowah County EMA is still working on transportation issues for motorists having trouble getting around the area. As of 9PM, 9 PMe people there were still trying to get home. The main issue is Highway 431 near the Calhoun/Etowah county line. Roads remain impassable here as well. The county has five shelters: Salvation Army in Gadsden, Glencoe Senior Center, Carnes Recreation Center in Attalla, Elliott Community Center in Gadsden, Altoona Community Center.

The Hale County EMA is reporting icy roads and bridges. Earlier Wednesday afternoon Highway 69 had 50 or more cars stranded, vehicles couldn’t make it up hills. A lot of vehicles remain in ditches, but not many people are out there. They’re working to make sure no one spends the night on the side of the road.

The Jefferson County EMA Jefferson Co EMA continues to have stranded motorists in vehicles along major and secondary roads into the night. Folks continue to abandon their vehicles and many roads are impassable not just because of the road conditions but due to the continued gridlock.  The county’s first priority is folks experiencing medical emergencies. Jeffco EMA officials advise if you are experiencing a medical emergency to call your local fire department. They stress that people stay off the roads. There are more than a dozen warming stations throughout Jefferson County:

Boutwell Auditorium

The Church at Brooks hills near 119

Hoover Rec Center

Hoover City Hall

Spain Park High School

All Hoover fire stations

The Hoover Public Safety Center on Valleydale

The Botanical Gardens in Mountain Brook

First Baptist church on Lakeshore in Homewood

Oakmont United Methodist Church

Homewood Rec Center on Green Springs Highway

First Baptist Church on Chalkville Road in Trussville

Gardendale Civic Center

The Shelby County EMA reports icy conditions all over the county and two main areas of concern. On Highway 11 closer to the Chelsea side, a three car accident continues in the clean up stage. Also parts of US 280 remain slick. The EMA is reporting the majority of stranded motorists have been rescued on 280. No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported. Like other EMA's, Shelby County is asking all motorists  to stay off roads and remain where you are if you are in a warm dry place, both tonight and in the morning so road crews can get out and sand roads. At 12:15 am, Shelby Co highway department crews are still out and continue to work roads.


The St Clair County EMA reports many stranded folks on Highway 174 between Pell City and Odenville and Highways 78 and 411. Some motorists are stranded on Highway 174 and officials are unable to get help to them. People are stranded on I-20 as well, but at around 9PM, they were hearing it was starting to9 PMeak up, meaning motorists were moving.


The Talladega County EMA is reporting all county roads are impassable. Talledega, Lincoln and Sylacauga have closed city streets. There are stranded motorists on I-20 and the Sycamore area. Rescue crews are still working to find a place for them to go. Merkel Mountain on 280 between Childersburg and Sylacauga remains closed. Warming stations are available for those stuck on Merkel Mountain. They are First Baptist Church on Highway  21 at Fort Williams in Sylacauga or Childersburg Parks and Rec on Highway 76  just past the train trussel on the right.


The Walker County EMA is reporting bad roads in the southern part of county. There are stranded motorists on Highway 269 with numerous accidents in that area. Parts of 269 from Parish south are closed. Highway 69 south of Oakman is also closed. Officials aren’t aware of any fatalities and injuries but there were numerous 18 wheeler jack knifes on 269 and around 30 stranded motorists are staying at Pumpkin Center Baptist Church who were stranded on 269.

We attempted to contact Bibb, Chilton and Fayette County EMA’s but they did not answer.
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