Winter storm watch Monday

Published 4:04 pm Saturday, January 13, 2024

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Monday. The area under the watch is Lincoln County, as well as Copiah, Simpson, Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin counties. A mix of freezing rain and sleet is possible, with total ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch possible in addition to light sleet accumulation. From Monday through Monday night, plan on the possibility of hazardous travel conditions and the potential for power outages. The City of Brookhaven shared the following tips and information.

𝗙π—₯π—˜π—˜π—­π—œπ—‘π—š π—§π—˜π— π—£π—˜π—₯𝗔𝗧𝗨π—₯π—˜π—¦ are anticipated in our area. Taking the precautionary tips listed below will help prevent frozen pipes and enable you to be better prepared for possible power outages.

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π—œπ—™ 𝗧π—₯π—”π—©π—˜π—Ÿπ—œπ—‘π—š, be sure to take blankets, warm clothes, food, water, charged cell phones, and flashlights in case of an emergency.

π—˜π— π—˜π—₯π—šπ—˜π—‘π—–π—¬ π—‘π—¨π— π—•π—˜π—₯𝗦 to call if a municipal resident’s water pipes burst:
β–ͺ️M-F; 8:00am-5:00pm; Brookhaven Water Department/601-833-7721
β–ͺ️After hours; City Hotline/601-835-8025 or Brookhaven Police Department/601-833-2424

𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗬 π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ 𝗔π—ͺ𝗔π—₯π—˜ and safe. Follow Brookhaven Lincoln County MS Emergency Management for local weather updates.

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β–ͺ️Seal windows, doors and cracks that can allow cold air to reach indoors.
β–ͺ️Seal around pipe openings to prevent cold airflow.
β–ͺ️The best minimum indoor temperature is 55 and 60Β°F to prevent frozen pipes.
β–ͺ️Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to give indoor pipes access to warmer air.
β–ͺ️Allow inside faucets to drip. Keep water moving with a low trickle.
β–ͺ️Wrap and insulate exposed pipes and outside faucets.
β–ͺ️If your home has a crawl space, cover the outside vents to help prevent freezing pipes.
β–ͺ️Know the location of the shut-off valves for indoor and outdoor water supplies.
β–ͺ️Turn off all outdoor sprinkler or irrigation systems and drain the lines.
β–ͺ️Remove, drain and store outdoor hoses.
β–ͺ️Close inside valves, or bibs, that control the water supply to outside hose attachment.
β–ͺ️Open outside hose bibs to allow any water in the line to drain out. Keep this outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without breaking pipes.
β–ͺ️Be careful turning water back on. Once pipes are thawed, slowly turn the water back on and check pipes and joints for any cracks and leaks.
β–ͺ️Ensure lines are working properly for gas log heaters.
β–ͺ️Fill vehicles with fuel.
β–ͺ️Keep extra fuel on hand for generators.
β–ͺ️Inspect and test emergency generators.
β–ͺ️Keep cell phones charged.
β–ͺ️Have batteries for flashlights, radios and medical equipment.
β–ͺ️Have non-perishable food items and bottled water on hand.
β–ͺ️Ensure you have all necessary medications.