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Winter storm preparation

The winter storm that brought life on the Gulf Coast to a frozen halt has come and gone.
    But are there any lessons we learned that could help us be better prepared if it happens again.

It's hard to forget the icy road conditions that shut down Interstate 10 and most bridges and overpasses.
    But during those first few hours, local governments and agencies announced closings ahead of time to keep people off the roads.
    Schools, government buildings, military bases were all closed.

Adrian Wyre, Escambia County, "This town isn't equipped to handle the heavy snow, the powerlines and the whole bit so I think the emergency crews pitched in and did what they needed to do." 
   
Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino believes the lesson learned would be how to get a better handle on the bridges.
    Most major bridges in our area that closed were opened Thursday afternoon, about two days after the storm.
   
Valentino plans to discuss with fellow commissioner ways to get the bridges up and running sooner.