Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks posted this winter storm alert on the city's website.
Trash pickup will be impacted this week by the impending storm, the mayor wrote, and he warns residents not to use a generator in an enclosed area if there are power outages.
Here's the post:
The National Weather Service has declared a Winter Storm Warning for portions of Georgia, including all of Dacula and Gwinnett County until 1:00 p. m. Thursday, February 13. Residents are encouraged to follow weather forecasts throughout this period and to take appropriate measures for their personal safety. Bad weather including rain, icy rain, sleet, and snow are likely in our area. We expect an accumulation of snow and ice beginning overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday and possibly Thursday. You should plan on limiting your driving to essential trips beginning Tuesday afternoon and overnight into Wednesday. Gwinnett County public schools are closed today, Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Please listen to a local news radio station for additional closing information.
An icy mix in our area usually means utility power outages. Take precautions now to charge you cell phones and other electronic devices. To report outages to your utility provider please go online and find the reporting requirements for your utility. For the Dacula area, you may report outages to Georgia Power at their reporting web site or at 1-888-891-0938. For Jackson EMC outages, please call the Gwinnett County office at 770-963-6166.
Accumulation of ice on limbs and overhead items can overload the items and cause them to fall. While you are outside enjoying the snow, please be aware of overhead dangers.
Please use caution if you lose electric power. Never run a generator in an enclosed place. In an outage, be very careful in using an alternative heating method. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors–replace batteries as needed. Pay particular attention to you home fire plan. Every resident should practice the fire plan and reinforce the need to get out of a burning structure with each family member (especially young children–it does no good to hide under a bed or in a closet if your home is on fire). You should have a predetermined (and practiced) rally point outside your residence. Make sure each family member understands where to go and what to do in the event of emergency.
Sanitation services will need to be rescheduled for the City. As of 5:00 p. m. Tuesday afternoon, I expect that garbage pickup will be delayed this week and your service will start back up on its regular schedule beginning Wednesday, February 19. Our recycling service has informed us, that if they cannot mobilize their fleet on Friday, recycle pickup will resume during the next week (I assume on Friday of next week). I’ll post additional information about these schedules as they become available and the weather situation becomes clearer.
This post was edited on February 11, 2014, to include a change in winter storm intensity and to provide additional safety information and to provide information about city services.