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Snow Emergency will be lifted at 5 a.m. Friday

Thursday, December 27, 2012

With no new snowfall on Thursday, state and county road crews were able to make some progress in clearing roadways.

As a result, the Snow Emergency declaration will be lifted at 5 a.m. Friday by order of the President of the Greene County Commissioners Steve Lindsey, Greene County Emergency Agency Director Roger Axe announced on Thursday.

"The Level III Warning will be moved to Level I with advice to travel at your own risk. County roads will be open, but still dangerous," Axe reported to the Greene County Daily World.

According to Axe, County Highway Superintendent Brent Murray reports slow going in opening county roads and some roadways remain dangerous.

A Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plows moves snow from State Road 54, east of Linton, on Wednesday evening. There were several areas where the road was nearly drifted shut after the major winter storm moved through the area -- dumping 8 to 12 inches of snow on the Greene County area.
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However, he added, "It seems like the roads are better today."

Despite the Level III Warning, most businesses in Greene County were operating normal hours, including the Greene County Sheriff's Department and Communication Center.

Under Level III, travel was restricted to emergency service providers and essential travel by members of the public, such as privately employed health care workers.

This large pile of moved snow nearly covered a stop sign at the corner of First Street SE and East Vincennes Street in Linton.
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Axe said Homeland Security's emergency operations center in Indianapolis demobilized on Thursday.

The Greene County Sheriff's Department was back to functioning on normal electrical power provided by Duke Energy on Wednesday night and Thursday.

GCSD Chief Deputy Major Mike Hasler says power was about for about four hours and was restored before noon.

Jail and communication services were not disrupted.

"The generator kicked in which we have here (at the jail complex) and we really didn't notice a difference inside the facility," he said. "The only thing here initially was a flicker and then the generator kicked in."

Deputy Hasler said overall the traffic problems associated with Wednesday's storm were minimal.

"It really wasn't that bad. We had a lot of people inquiring (about roads). Dispatch was busy with people calling in wanting information, but we really didn't have that many calls. People really used their heads, they knew this was coming and they stayed inside and let it (the storm) run its course," Hasler explained. "I know the county (highway department) was doing its best to try and get the roads cleared. It was so heavy of a snowfall and there were a lot more too it than a lot of the trunks normally handle and I think they were having a little trouble getting the roads cleared and it was slower than normal. But for the most part, people used their head and weathered the storm."

Hasler added, "The county roads are still pretty rough, but if you go slow and give them (the highway department) time to open them. The main thing is if the road is not open, don't try to travel it because it's not going to work for most folks."

Looking ahead, the National Weather Service in Indianapolis is predicted additional snowfall after 4 p.m. and before 10 p.m. Friday, but no significant accumulation is not expected.

Friday it will be partly sunny, with a high near 35. Saturday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.

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