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* County cleans up after winter storm

This time, the weatherman was right.

The snow kept falling, but Clay County officials were ready for it.

Meteorologists across the area were calling for heavy snowfall late Tuesday and continuing into Wednesday afternoon.

Clay County Emergency Management Agency Director Bryan Husband said he believed after a rough Wednesday morning, road conditions were looking better by the afternoon.

With the exception of some big snow piles.

"I would say they're moving back to normal," Husband told The Brazil Times. "As long as we got the roads clear, we should be good."

Earlier Wednesday, county officials declared a Level 2 Emergency, which restricts travel for motorists.

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

However, the Level 2 Emergency was lifted at approximately 4 p.m., Wednesday afternoon after it was determined roads were passable.

Husband said a Level 1 Emergency urges motorists to be careful while a Level 3 Emergency prohibits travel of any kind.

Several counties in the state, including Dubois and Knox, were under a Level 3 Emergency.

Husband also told The Brazil Times some counties statewide were suffering through power outages, but he had not heard of any outages in Clay County.

Clay County Highway Department Superintendent Pete Foster said his crew was out in full force Wednesday plowing the 700 miles of roads in the county.

"It seems to be going pretty good," Foster said. "We haven't had any breakdowns. We're getting the main roads."

Foster said he expected his crew to be out plowing until at least 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, and they would be out again Thursday morning.

"We didn't think we'd get quite this much snow," Foster said. "But you never know what you're going to get. It's like a deck of cards. You've got to play the hand you're dealt."

Foster added the combination of salt and the sun helped melt spots on roads.

"By this time (Thursday), we should have it where everybody can get around pretty good," Foster said.

Earlier in the day Wednesday, Foster said some roads in the county were "impassable," especially for smaller vehicles. But little traffic flow Wednesday made things run smoother for the department.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton echoed those sentiments, saying there was little traffic flow early Wednesday.

"(Motorists) stayed off the roads and slowed down," Heaton said.

Heaton said his department worked an estimated six accidents since Tuesday. However, as Wednesday moved along, he said road conditions on state roads and Interstate-70 in addition to county roads were improving.

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis called for a low temperature of 5 Wednesday evening, but expected the temperature to rise throughout the evening.

The service called for a 20 percent chance of snow Thursday with highs in the upper 20s. It also called for a 40 percent chance of more snow Thursday evening with a low near 15.

Temperatures in the area were expected to hover in the 20s through Friday before rising above 30 degrees Saturday.



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