Police out in force during ice storm

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - By Harve Jacobs  bio | email | Twitter

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Closed bridges and icy roads forced area police agencies to bring in extra personnel on Monday. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office was ready to go on Sunday night.

"We activated all our guys," said Charleston County Sheriffs' Lt. Jack Scarborough. "All leave was canceled, anybody who was off (Monday) was brought in."

Deputies were stationed at key trouble spots, including the Limehouse Bridge, which had to be closed for a few hours due to icing.

Scarborough said many drivers ignored warnings to stay home and traffic for a time was backed up to Highway 17.

"Instead they ended up sitting in traffic for two hours, until we were able to get the ice knocked down a little bit," Scarborough said.

Deputies were prepared from head to toe to handle the elements. Scarborough wore special shoes that allow him to walk on the slippery roads.

"All the traffic guys, we pretty much have good rain gear. These are so I can walk on the ice if I need to. They really helped quite a bit earlier up at the bridge," he said.

In Summerville, police closed down sections of the Berlin G. Myers Parkway for a few hours.

Summerville Police Capt. Jon Rogers said his department moved officers around to handle trouble spots and try to get drivers to slow down.

"A lot of people say 'hey, I used to live in an area where we have a lot of snow,' but there are a lot of people around here who didn't," Rogers said.

It appears for the most part both police and the public weathered this storm.

Scarborough said the sheriff's office will be ready for another round.

"So far this is the second ice storm we've had and we're only in January," Scarborough said.

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