Officials believe people heeded warnings, stayed safe during bitter cold

Emergency officials say it appears East Tennessee residents heeded warnings to stay safe during the deep freeze.

Winter weather often leads to a spike in 911 calls due to weather-related crashes, injuries and fires. But the Knoxville Police Department reports its dispatchers took nearly two hundred fewer 911 calls on Monday and Tuesday than the same days last year.

Rural/Metro received more fire calls and saw a slight uptick in medical calls for falls, but fewer car crash reports.

"I'm very pleased because that means that people are getting good information and they're acting on it, otherwise I think that we would have seen that accident rate up but no, it looks like most people are understanding that there's a risk and they're doing things to avoid it," said Rural/Metro Regional Director Jerry Harnish.

Rural/Metro directors say crews stayed busy on Tuesday and Wednesday responding to burst water pipes and sprinkler issues, but those calls have since died down.


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