Level 3 Snow Emergency declared for Whitley County
(Talk of the Town photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano) US 30 at SR 205 was treacherous at noon today, as shown above.
By Jennifer Zartman Romano
A quick peek out the window will reveal that there’s a serious amount of snow blanketing Whitley County today.
With the authority of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners, Town Boards of Churubusco and South Whitley and the Mayor of Columbia City, the Whitley County Emergency Management office declared minutes ago that the county is now under a Level 3 Snow Emergency.
The declaration remains in effect until 2 p.m. tomorrow.
“Whitley County has elected to warn the public concerning the recent snow fall and road conditions at this time,” stated Cathy Broxon-Ball of the Whitley County EMA office.
“Roadways are slick and snow covered. Travel on roadways are not restricted at this level, but citizens need to be aware of the road conditions prior to traveling this evening and the early morning hours,” Broxon-Ball added.
Because road conditions may change frequently within the next 24 hours, residents are asked to stay alert and monitor local media for possible changes in the notification and alert status.
According to Broxon-Ball, Whitley County has placed the entire county along with the towns of Churubusco and South Whitley and the city of Columbia City under a Level 3 (Yellow) Watch Snow Emergency Level.
This is a declared emergency level and states the following: A level 3 (Yellow) Watch Snow Emergency may be declared when routine travel or activities may be restricted in the areas of the county because of a hazardous situation; citizens should use caution or avoid these areas. Schools and businesses may begin to implement their emergency action plans.
Talk of the Town will continue provide updated information about the condition of local roadways, alerts and closings as that information becomes available, around the clock.
Click the link below to read the full declaration.
LEVEL 3 SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARATION
Whereas, Whitley County, Indiana has been impacted by or is immediately threatened by a major snow storm system.
January 7, 2010 14:00 a Level 3 Snow Emergency has been declared and will be in effect until 14:00 (2:00 PM) January 8th, 2010 and/or updated;
Now, therefore, we the Whitley County Board of Commissioners, Town Boards of Churubusco and South Whitley and the Mayor of Columbia City, declare that a local disaster emergency exists in the towns, city and county and that we hereby invoke and declare those portions of the Indiana Code which are applicable to the conditions and have caused the issuance of this proclamation, to be in full force and effect in the County for the exercise of all necessary emergency authority for protection of the lives and property of the people of this County and the restoration of local government with a minimum of interruption.
Level 3 Watch Snow Emergency may be declared when routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas of the County because of a hazardous situation; citizens should use caution or avoid these areas. Schools and businesses may begin to implement their emergency action plans. When a Level 3 Snow Emergency is declared members of the public will be encouraged to contact their employer concerning policy rather than contacting the Sheriff’s or Police Departments and will be advised to listen to the media for situation upgrades.
Reference is hereby made to all laws, statutes, ordinances, and resolutions particularly to Indiana Code 10-14-3-29.
All public offices and employees of Whitley County, the towns of Churubusco and South Whitley and the City of Columbia city are hereby directed to exercise the utmost diligence in the discharge of duties of them for the duration of the emergency and in execution of emergency laws, regulations, and directives – state and local.
All citizens are called upon and directed to comply with necessary emergency measures, to cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans, and to obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.
All operating forces will direct their requests for assistance and operations directly to the Whitley County Emergency Operations Center.
In witness, whereof, we have hereunto set our hand this 7th day of January, 2010.