Wayne, Randolph counties restrict travel to essential needs (Level 2); Preble on Level 1

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Wayne County will go to a Level 2 Travel Watch at 6:00 AM on Thursday February 3, 2022.  This will be in effect until further notice.

The Randolph County Commissioners have issued a Travel Watch (ORANGE LEVEL) due to the Winter Storm occurring in Randolph County. In addition, a Winter Storm Warning has been issued by the NWS Indianapolis. NWS forecasters predict major life and property impacts and wind speed gusts exceeding 30 miles per hour.
Randolph County Emergency Service personnel report all roadways snow-covered, with drifting and partial lane closures. In addition, school corporations have transitioned to e-learning days.
This Watch will expire at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, unless conditions warrant an extension. A travel watch means that conditions are threatening to the public’s safety. During a “watch” local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergencies, is recommended. In addition, businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations should implement emergency action plans.
Any vehicle blocking or stranded on a roadway will be removed from the road as deemed necessary by highway crews or emergency personnel. Randolph County, its cities, and towns will not be liable for any damages or expenses associated with said removal of vehicles.
Citizens may check the travel status of Randolph County and other Indiana counties at https://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/

 

Level II –Essential Travel Permitted Transportation (or Snow) Emergency

            (Indiana Term: Travel Watch)

This classification may be declared when the Commissioners determine there is a significant threat to the operation of motor vehicles on county roads. County’s roads are hazardous. Specified roadways or large sections of the county roads network are closed or impassable. Travel may be significantly delayed and motorists exposed to existing conditions may risk injury.

As stated in the name, this emergency classification allows motorists to travel for essential purposes.  The Ordinance defines essential travel as follows:

-You may travel to and from work and school.

– You may travel to a place of safe shelter.

-You may travel to obtain essential medical care.

– You may travel to obtain essential medications.

-You may travel to obtain essential supplies of food or fuel.

Non-essential travel is prohibited. Examples of travel for non-essential purposes would be entertainment, recreation, or to obtain non-essential items.

Level II – Essential Travel Permitted Transportation (or Snow) Emergency (Travel Watch)

When a Level II Essential Travel Permitted Transportation (or Snow) Emergency is declared, follow these preparedness recommendations:

  • Listen to local radio stations for travel, weather information and emergency bulletins. Do not call 911 for travel information.
  • Call ahead before you travel. Make sure you are expected to report for work. Make sure any business you intend to visit is open.
  • Discuss your rights and responsibilities concerning reporting for work with your employer before severe weather strikes.
  • Make sure you have appropriate emergency supplies in your vehicle.
  • Travel by main highways whenever possible, even if this is not the most direct route. Plan your route to avoid reported hazardous areas.  Allow extra travel time.  Slow down!
  • If you must travel, tell someone where you are going, what route you will take and the approximate time you plan to arrive.
  • Conditions are dangerous. Don’t take unnecessary chances.

Preble on Level 1 snow emergency

On Thursday, Sheriff Mike Simpson issued a Level 1 Snow Emergency for Preble County,  effective at 8:30 a.m.
A Level 1 Snow Emergency means that roadways are snow/ice covered and
hazardous. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.
Roadways are currently covered with sleet and ice. Conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day.

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