CLINTON CO., Ind. (WLFI) – “We are a farming community with a lot of open fields and a lot of drifting and over 850 miles of road,” said Clinton County Commissioner Bert Weaver.
Weaver said because of drifting snow across the county’s flat land travel has been hard and some roads are impassable.
Weaver and Clinton County EMA Public Information Officer Eric Woods said as crews worked to remove Saturday’s snow, they saw too many slide-offs and wrecks.
“We started realizing we had a lot of rescues,” said Weaver. “From Friday night to actually this morning on our county roads alone we had 82 rescues.”
“Volunteer fire departments, Frankfort Fire Department, as well as sheriff’s deputies have been spending a lot of time out in the county doing the rescues,” said Woods.
To save resources and keep people safe, Weaver, Woods and other officials decided to put the county in a travel warning Saturday afternoon. It was brought down to a travel watch Sunday afternoon, meaning only essential travel is allowed.
Less traffic allows plows to clear off the roads, but Weaver said the watch may be in effect into the week.
“Only about 65 percent of our county roads have been open,” said Weaver. “They are facing drifts that are 6, 8, 10 feet tall and about 100 yards or more. Its taking big equipment and it’s a very slow situation.”
Another reason to keep the travel watch in effect, Woods said it encourages people to stay inside as frigid temperatures move into the area.
“We have colder weather coming in in the next 48 hours,” said Woods. “There will be extreme wind chills. We are just trying to be cautious and keep the people as safe as possible.”
Woods said plows had a hard time clearing the snow on Saturday and many stopped because the drifting made it counterproductive.
However, since Sunday morning all county plows are on the roads.