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COLUMBIA CITY â The snow emergency in Whitley County was upgraded to a level two at 8 a.m. this morning as residents continue to dig out from this weekâs piling on of snow.
âWhitley County has upgraded to a level 2 snow emergency this morning,â said the Whitley County Board of Commissioners in a statement today.
âThe public needs to be aware that roadways are slick, snow covered and that some have not been cleared as of this morning.
âCounty highway crews have been working since 5 a.m. to get at least one pass on all roadways and will be out all day working on the roads.
âBlowing and drifting overnight have roadways that were cleared yesterday, now covered with drifts in areas.
âState highways are cleared, but snow covered and slick. Travel is slow and you may need to take a different route of travel when going out. Take extreme caution when driving today.â
Cathy Broxon-Ball at the Whitley County Emergency Management/Department of Homeland Security said this morning that while the snow has stopped falling, the after-effects are still being dealt with.
âThere are still some roads that havenât been touched,â she said. âWeâre working on (County Road) 50 West with front-end loaders to remove the snow.
âIn some places there are four- to six-foot drifts.â
Broxon-Ball said the work of road crews is challenged by ever-changing weather conditions.
âIn a lot of places we have a lane and a half open, but some places that melted last night are now frozen,â she said.
The press release issued by the commissioners through Broxon-Ballâs office described a Level 2 as a declaration made when the snow emergency âmay be threatening to the safety of the public.â
Under a Level 2, only essential travel is recommended â(i.e. to and from work, emergency situations, etc). Emergency action plans have been or should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations.â