LaPorte County placed under state of emergency due to heavy snowfall, downed power lines.
Traveling in LaPorte County should be limited to emergency traffic only, such as ambulances, police officers and snow plows, according to LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd.
The following message was sent by the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday morning:
The La Porte County Board of Commissioners and La Porte County Emergency Management have announced that La Porte County has been placed under a state of emergency. This means that travel is restricted to emergency management/services only. Citizens are directed to refrain from travel; comply with necessary emergency measures; cooperate with public officials and disaster services in executing emergency operations plans and obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers. The state of emergency remains in effect until 6 am on Friday, February 26.
Snow continues to fall throughout La Porte County and wind is also causing blowing a drifting as well as white-out conditions in open, rural areas. The La Porte County Highway Department is finding it necessary to remove snow using plow trucks in staggered tandem and vehicular traffic makes snow removal difficult. In addition, heavy snow has caused a number of trees to fall across roadways and a number of utility poles and electrical wires are down; some of which are still energized, which makes the situation even more dangerous.
The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public not to plow snow from driveways and into roadways as this creates added danger for emergency service vehicles. A number of traffic control lights, throughout the County, remain out due to power outages and motorists are reminded that intersections that are controlled by traffic signals but are not working should be treated as four-way stops.
The state of emergency will expire at 6 a.m. Friday. Feb. 26.
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