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Lots of 911 calls about snow, but no serious accidents
Snow all gone
A snowman watches over East Main Street Saturday morning. The law enforcement-themed snowman is leaning a little bit, a victim of the quick thaw. - photo by JAMES HEALY/staff

        Statesboro Police had more calls about people throwing snowballs at cars Friday night than they had calls about snow-related accidents - which was a good thing.
           However, Bulloch County Central 911 had over twice the normal number of calls due to the weather, said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn.
           Georgia State Patrol dispatchers said troopers responded to 14 traffic accidents within a three-county area (Bulloch, Candler and Evans) Friday night and Saturday morning,  but there were no major injuries.
           So, all in all, Bulloch County's "snow night" Friday was more pleasant than anything, Wynn said.
           "Central 911 had 255 calls from 7 p.m. Friday to 5:30 p.m. Saturday." he said. "Normally, on average, 911 gets from 75 to 125 calls in a 24-hour period."
           Most of the calls were about cars in the ditch, stuck on the side of the road, but "nothing serious," he said.
           There were many snowball fights across town during the snowfall, especially near the Georgia Southern University campus, he said.
           "We had a multitude of calls" about people throwing snowballs at passing cars, said Statesboro Police Lt. Thomas Williams. But other than those calls, officers only fielded a couple calls about "people skidding off the roadway, and into ditches," he said.
           There were a couple private property accidents caused by the snowfall, likely due to limited visibility, but no injuries were reported, he said.
           Wynn said county road crews never had to get out to scatter sand on bridges, and roads did not ice over as feared because "the temperatures did not get as low as they said it would." The snow turned into slush instead of ice, and it didn't ever freeze that hard."
           Overall, the "snow event" of Feb. 2010 in the Bulloch County area was pleasant, he said.  Snowfall in the area was close to predictions - anywhere from two to four inches, and there were no calls about power outages or major damage from falling limbs.
           "I think we dodged the bullet," Wynn said. "By and large, I think it was a fun night. We all had a nice covering of snow."

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