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BREAKING: County state emergency lifted; water remains

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Although the State of Emergency for Clay County is officially lifted, residents are urged to stay home.

"Unless it is absolutely necessary - like for an emergency or travel to and from work -people should just stay home," Clay County Emergency Director Bryan Husband told The Brazil Times Sunday. "There are very few roads in the county that haven't suffered damage of some type."

The Clay County Emergency Management and Clay County Commissioners officially lifted the emergency proclamation Sunday afternoon around 4:30 p.m., which allows local traffic on county roads. However, according to Husband, that hasn't changed the fact many areas in the county are experiencing high water and many roads are hazardous to travel.

"All county roads have received some type of damage and the Clay County Highway Department does not have enough warning signs to post all the closed roads," Husband said. "Motorists should not drive through unfamiliar areas and definitely avoid high water."

The Clay County Commissioners and Husband are expected meet on Monday to make further determinations about road conditions on Monday.

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Hats off to The Brazil Times for excellent coverage and reporting of the events in the area during this difficult event.

-- Posted by TheRider on Mon, Jun 9, 2008, at 8:48 AM

Great coverage, but it is so hard to identify where the damages are. The older people know roads by name, this 911 address thing is nothing but a pain. Even the ambulance and fire rescue could not locate us when very much needed. I do not know what avenues to take to change the problem.!

-- Posted by littleman2 on Mon, Jun 9, 2008, at 10:05 AM

I totally agree with "littleman2". I have to say relatives addresses in my head to see if they're anywhere NEAR these photos. The photos taken by the Sheriff's Dept are good photos, though.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Jun 9, 2008, at 10:26 AM

I want to thank the Clay Co Sheriff Department, Brazil City Police, Brazil City Fire Department, TransCare and the Indiana State Police for the long hours and the fine job they have done...You guys are working above and beyond the call of duty! Thank you for keeping us safe! :)

-- Posted by clgruener on Mon, Jun 9, 2008, at 12:34 PM

littleman2, Emmes,

You guys are right, however, its not really a "name thing" but a "time thing". I think we'll get used to it in time. See, to GPS and computer mapping the 911 addresses are much better. They describe the position of the roads, a coordinate of sorts. But to humans it sucks, quite simply. Nobody calls the Staunton Road "425 West". So if I wreck and call 911 on my cell phone, the first thing they'll ask is, where are you? Guess what? Now they have to know both 425 West and Staunton Road because I'm going to say "Staunton Road" but the operator (or the ambulance, tow truck or police officers) will have to convert that to 425 West. It all ends up sucking for everyone. The only way to cure it would be to combine both types of addresses. Like 7501N425W Staunton Road. Well, I've already complained about the length of my "new" 911 address for years. So, I'm guessing we'll just have to take the time and get used to the new "names" that are numbers. If you think of it like that, its not so bad. I wish there was another way.

-- Posted by TheRider on Tue, Jun 10, 2008, at 7:19 AM

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