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January 6, 2014

Snow emergency still in effect in Elkhart County

GOSHEN — A snow emergency remains in effect for Elkhart County, officials reported late this morning.

Capt. James Bradberry of the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department said many roadways are still hazardous and some county roads are impassable at this time. Staffers at county agencies are working together to alleviate the road conditions, according to Bradberry. However, blowing and drifting snow and extreme low temperatures are making it difficult to keep roadways open.

Elkhart County residents are asked to be patient as the roadways are being cleared. Bradberry said they are asked to assist workers by staying off the roadways until the emergency has been lifted.

County officials will continue to monitor the status of the snow emergency and will provide updates if conditions should change. Bradberry anticipated that an updated news release would be sent out late this afternoon..

LaGrange County

Winter weather has also prompted a warning in LaGrange County.

The LaGrange County Commissioners, in cooperation with the sheriff, county highway and emergency management officials, have extended the emergency travel warning in the county indefinitely. Local residents are asked stay tuned to regular media outlets, the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page or NIXLE alerts for updates.

LaGrange County officials will be in contact throughout the day and as information develops about conditions, media releases will be issued.

County highway crews have reported difficulty with heavily drifted snow and visibility due to blowing snow in their attempts to remove from roadways. Local residents are urged to stay inside during this emergency and not to travel unless it is an emergency. Also, those removing snow from their driveways are urged to not place the shoveled/plowed or blown snow in the roadway. This is creating another set of problems for highway crews.

Local residents should not call LaGrange County Communications or 911 to ask if you may drive to work, or to inquire as to when the restrictions will end. The dispatch centers are being flooded with unnecessary calls that are taking their attention away from emergency matters, according to a statement from Sheriff Terry Martin.

Emergency travel is exempt from the ordinance. Other exempt vehicles in the emergency ordinance include: those providing medical assistance, law enforcement, fire department, emergency management, public utility, all fuel-hauling vehicles and any employees of the aforementioned services while engaging in their official duties.

All LaGrange County offices, including the courthouse, are closed during this emergency snow warning.



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