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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 weekâ€™s piling on of snow.
â€śWhitley County has upgraded to a level 2 snow emergency this morning,â€ť said the Whitley County Board of Commissioners in a statement today.
â€śThe public needs to be aware that roadways are slick, snow covered and that some have not been cleared as of this morning.
â€śCounty 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.
â€śBlowing and drifting overnight have roadways that were cleared yesterday, now covered with drifts in areas.
â€śState 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€ť
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.
â€śThere are still some roads that havenâ€™t been touched,â€ť she said. â€śWeâ€™re working on (County Road) 50 West with front-end loaders to remove the snow.
â€śIn some places there are four- to six-foot drifts.â€ť
Broxon-Ball said the work of road crews is challenged by ever-changing weather conditions.
â€śIn a lot of places we have a lane and a half open, but some places that melted last night are now frozen,â€ť she said.
The press release issued by the commissioners through Broxon-Ballâ€™s office described a Level 2 as a declaration made when the snow emergency â€śmay be threatening to the safety of the public.â€ť
Under a Level 2, only essential travel is recommended â€ś(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€ś