The Latest: Frozen pipes equals no school in Mississippi
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on freezing rain and icy conditions in the Deep South (all times local):
Thousands of public school and college students are staying home Monday in Mississippi’s capital city as a water crisis brought on by broken water mains drags on.
Jackson’s 27,000-student public school system, Jackson State University and Millsaps College all canceled on-campus classes, citing low water pressure. Hinds Community College is relocating some classes.
City officials said Sunday that they’ve discovered more than 100 water mains that buckled in last week’s cold snap. Officials say they’ve completed repairs on fewer than half the mains, although they say water pressure has improved in parts of the 175,000-resident city.
The Jackson school system says three-quarters of public schools lack enough water to flush toilets or run heating boilers.
The city handed out water at three locations Sunday. A boil-water order remains in effect.
Police south of Atlanta say a deadly, four-vehicle crash has closed all northbound lanes of Interstate 75, the same freeway where another collision 115 miles (195 kilometers) to the north also closed the northbound lanes.
Clayton County police said on the agency’s Twitter account that the most recent crash left one person dead and another person critically injured. Police haven’t said whether icy conditions contributed to the wreck, but the county is under a winter weather advisory and its public schools are closed Monday due to the weather.
In the north Georgia city of Varnell, police said a pileup on I-75 happened about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Chattanooga, Tennessee. WRCB-TV reports the crash and icy conditions caused all northbound lanes to close about 8 a.m. Monday. There’s no word on injuries.
Icy roads are causing travel problems in Alabama, and authorities are advising against travel on some mountain roads in the state’s northeast corner.
The DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency reports on its Facebook page that roads throughout the mountainous county are impassable because of slippery conditions.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says freezing rain and icing are being reported in DeKalb and Jackson counties.
About a dozen school systems in northeastern Alabama have delayed the start of school because of the threat of travel problems, but the threat doesn’t extend into the state’s most populous metro area around Birmingham.
Forecasters say any problem areas should melt by lunchtime as temperatures rise.
Authorities are beginning to get reports of slick spots on roads in northern Alabama and northwest Georgia — including a crash involving 30 to 40 cars on Interstate 75 — after light freezing rain fell before dawn.
Police in the north Georgia city of Varnell tweeted the interstate pileup happened about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Chattanooga, Tennessee. WRCB-TV reports the crash and icy conditions caused all northbound lanes of I-75 to close about 8 a.m. Monday. There’s no word on injuries.
In northeast Alabama, emergency managers reported ice on highways and bridges. Several school systems delayed Monday classes.
Many school districts across north Georgia were closed.
Most of north Georgia — including metro Atlanta — was under a winter weather advisory, hours ahead of Monday night’s college football championship game in Atlanta.