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Snow emergency drops to Level 1

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Mountains of snow have been piled up around the city, towering above surrounding vehicles and taking up parking spaces. Street Commissioner Paul Wilson says the city will be removing the downtown piles overnight Thursday and early Friday.
Even though the snow has passed and the roads are finally becoming clear again, the county is still under a snow emergency.

Putnam County Emergency Management Director Kim Hyten informed the BannerGraphic Thurs-day morning that county officials decided to move the county from a Level 2 snow emergency back to a Level 1.

According to County Commis-sioner's Ordinance 1999-2-15, an ordinance concerning travel upon county roads during a declared local emergency, a Level 1 snow emergency means:

  • "Roadways are snow/ice covered with severe drifting of county roads. Most county roads are partially opened with possibility one lane passable drifted shut. Motorists shall travel at their own risk and they may be in violation of this Ordinance if they are on any county road, or right-of-way thereof, blocking or impeding the travel of any vehicle, including any blocking or impediment caused by their stuck, stalled or abandoned vehicle."

    Hyten said that most of the gravel roads are still down to one lane, but most of the paved roads are clear for both lanes of travel to be open.

    Motorists are still urged to use caution while traveling on all roads.

    Hyten also told the BannerGraphic that county officials might lift the Level 1 snow emergency some time Thursday after all county roads have been assessed.

    Currently, all county schools are closed for the day, but both the courthouse and its annex are open for business.

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