“I think the majority of people understood the need for it once they got outside and realized the gravity of the situation,” Pennington said. “There were a few people who didn’t want to cooperate, but I think they were a very small percentage. I would say a majority of the people listened to us and trusted what we were saying. So, I think by and large we got a good response to that and it has worked out well to minimize injuries and reduce damage.”
While the original emergency declaration was scheduled to be in effect until 6 p.m. today, county officials lifted the emergency declaration at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Even with the lifting of the disaster emergency declaration, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Capt. Jim Bradberry urged residents to continue to use caution when traveling on county roads.
“Motorists are advised that road conditions are improving. However, caution should be used as many of the roadways are covered in snow and ice,” Bradberry said Tuesday afternoon. “Drivers should allow extra time to reach their destinations, drive slowly and be prepared for areas that are limited to one lane due to blowing snow.”
Bradberry noted that Elkhart County Highway Department crews are continuing to clear roadways and subdivisions, and encouraged motorists to help plow drivers by driving cautiously, reducing their speeds and limiting their travel to essential tasks.
For his part, Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman Tuesday praised the Goshen Street Department employees for their quick and efficient cleanup of the city’s streets and alleyways.
“Right now I think the streets look pretty darn good in Goshen,” Kauffman said from his office Tuesday. “Not everything’s perfect of course, but I’ve seen a lot of real favorable responses on Facebook and things like that about people responding to how our street department did.”