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Hamilton County sheriff's office warns drivers to go slow when wet leaves hit roads

From our NewsChannel 9 SkyCam, you can see all the different shades of red, green, yellow and orange leaves on our trees. 

Fall foliage hits its peak in Tennessee.

From our NewsChannel 9 SkyCam, you can see all the different shades of red, green, yellow and orange leaves on our trees.

But, all good things must come to an end sooner or later and once the leaves hit the ground, the roads can become more dangerous for drivers.

"The slick roads can cause accidents. We actually had a garbage truck get stuck this morning. [He] wasn’t able to make it up the hill because of the leaves on the roadway," said Trevis Swilley, Chattanooga Public Works.

Monday, watched as Chattanooga Public Works crew began clearing side streets.

"The leaves clog up our storm drains and gutters. By us picking them up, we can avoid costly damage to the infrastructure," Swilley added.

Swilley also says it's important for them to begin clearing the roads now because, in just a few weeks - it's going to get worse.

"Next cold snap we get, they’re all gonna come down at once," he said.

So, what can you do to prepare yourself as you begin to drive on the wet, slick roads?

"Always make sure you know where you’re traveling," said Matt Lea, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

A sheriff's deputy demonstrated for us how difficult it can be to stop when the road is covered in leaves, and those leaves keep your tires from making contact with the road.

"If you’re in an area where you have a lot of leaves, just take it slow. Allow extra time to make sure you get to your destination safely," Lea said.

And leave plenty of room between your vehicle, and the car in front of you.

"Take your time, stay alert and if you know you’re gonna be traveling a roadway like this - make sure you take your time," added Lea.

Chattanooga Public Works' on-demand leaf collection service started Monday. You can call 311 to get leaves near you picked up.


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