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Rio Grande Rd. temporarily closed due to slick roads, school buses won't run on portion

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

By FRANK PHILLIPS

frankphi@hotmail.com

We can't say we weren't warned. We also knew it was too good to last.

Fifty-degree temperatures and rain gave way to snow Tuesday afternoon, leaving 1-2 inches of snow and ice in its wake.

Wednesday morning, dri-vers awoke to the reality of driving on snow-covered roads, many that were slick.

There were several slide-offs reported to the Clay County Sheriff's Department overnight.

One of the worst roads was Rio Grande (C.R. 1200N).

Police assisted several motorists who experienced property damage accidents. As of 8 a.m. there were no injuries, but the road was closed west of S.R. 59, to avoid more serious wrecks.

Due to the icy conditions, the school bus garage decided to not run buses on Rio Grande. Parents had to find alternate transportation to get their children to school.

Children who live on Rio Grande were not to be marked absent if they couldn't get to school, if parents contacted their children's schools.

Dick Johnson Township assisted deputies.

County highway crews were also kept busy with reports from county deputies about icy intersections throughout the county, though the main roads had been maintained and were wet but not icy.

A crash was reported on I-70 at the 24-mile marker before dawn. That proved to be unfounded and was possibly in Ohio, a spokesperson said.

Although surrounding school districts were on two-hour delays, Clay Community Schools maintained its normal schedule.



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