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Time to clean up

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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A Brazil City Street Department worker clears a path on Depot Street Wednesday morning. [Order this photo]
Winter has hit Clay County with full effect.

The snow kept falling Tuesday through early Wednesday, causing hazardous driving conditions.

Clay County Emergency Management Agency Director Bryan Husband told The Brazil Times most county roads were down to one lane as a result of the continued snowfall.

"(The Clay County Highway Department) has got their hands full," Husband said.

Clay County officials declared a Level 2 Emergency Wednesday morning, which restricts travel for motorists.

"If you don't have to get out, don't get out," Husband said.

Husband said a Level 1 Emergency urges motorists to be careful while a Level 3 Emergency prohibits travel of any kind. He added some counties in the state, including Dubois and Knox, were under a Level 3 Emergency.

In addition, Husband said some counties in the state were dealing with power outages, but he had not heard of any outages in Clay County.

Clay County Highway Department Superintendent Pete Foster said all six plows and both road graders were out early Wednesday shoveling snow. He expected county highway department workers to be out late into the evening taking care of Clay County's estimated 700 miles of roads.

"Everything is working OK," Foster said. "It's just some of the roads are impassable with your smaller vehicles. If they are too close to the ground, they have problems getting around.

"There's not a lot of traffic out there really," Foster added. "That gave us better access."

Foster said the county highway department would not begin salting and sanding roads until the snow stopped.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times his department had worked an estimated four accidents since Tuesday, giving him reason to believe several motorists are staying home and waiting the snow out.

"There's not a high volume of traffic," Heaton said.

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis issued a winter storm warning Tuesday for the area. The warning was in effect until noon Wednesday.

The service called for snow until midday with a chance of more snow in the afternoon. It expected an additional snow accumulation of 1-2 inches and a total accumulation of 6-9 inches of snow.

However, Husband said he believed some areas in the county received a foot of snow.

"I'd say we got a good heavy blanket of snow from one end (of the county) to the other," he said.

The forecast for the remainder of the week, according to the National Weather Service, calls for more snow Thursday and Friday.


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