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Change of plans, Huntsville municipal offices closed today

HUNTSVILLE – Just before rains began falling again Thursday, the city of Huntsville sent news it was taking a leap of faith and reopening for business in a limited capacity this morning.

However, that leap was a short one.

The city announced this morning that its municipal offices will be closed today, due to continued travel issues from this week’s winter weather event.

Offices were set to reopen at 11 a.m. today, but after reassessing road conditions, the decision was made to close to ensure employees’ safety. All offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday.

The closure means court functions, government offices, services, trash collection and transit operations will not operate. Access paratransit will continue to transport dialysis patients.

“There are still some slick spots out there and we don’t want to jeopardize anyone’s health or safety,” Mayor Tommy Battle said.

For more information, visit HuntsvilleAL.gov and social media for updates on road conditions, public services, warming centers and other important weather-related information.

However, the decision will be reevaluated early following the advance of a new weather system that could further impede road openings.

Madison County Courthouse and county offices and the City of Madison will remain closed. Schools across the region are closed.

Huntsville Utilities planned to open its main lobby at 112 Spragins Street from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The drive-thru payment option at 1100 Pulaski Pike will remain closed.

Customers needing to conduct business with Huntsville Utilities are encouraged to do so via the website (www.hsvutil.org) or by phone. The self-service kiosks will be available, but customers are asked to continue avoiding travel on the roads, if possible.

To report a power outage or other service interruption, call 256-53-LIGHT (256-535-4448).

“The main thing is we just want everyone to be safe and use caution on the roads,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said. “This has been an unprecedented ice event, and we thank all the city employees who have worked tirelessly for our citizens.

“The dedication and resilience of our essential personnel is nothing short of extraordinary. From ensuring the safety of our community to providing critical services, these individuals continue to go above and beyond the call of duty.”

 

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