by Amie Sites
---- — Cass County scaled back to a travel watch (orange) status this afternoon, said Alvin Beckman, Cass County Emergency Management Agency director. Drivers should attempt only essential travel for emergencies or getting to and from work.
The reasoning behind the change was that residents are beginning to need to get out for medication, work and supply pickup, Beckman said.
Beckman is urging drivers to use extreme caution as even plowed roads are treacherous.
Cass County highway crews continue to work to clear the county roads. Because of the cold temperatures, there have been mechanical problems with some of the equipment, but crews continue to help clear the way for emergencies.
Clearing all county roads has been slow going because of mechanical problems and the need to assist emergency personnel, Jeff Smith, Cass Co. Highway Department Superintendent, said.
Crews will continue to be out "around the clock" clearing roads and hope all county roads will be plowed Wednesday evening with warmer temperatures expected, Smith said.
The City of Logansport also scaled back the emergency status to a travel watch (orange) at noon Tuesday, Mayor Ted Frankliln said.
The mayor advises that people still use caution as the streets are a sheet of ice. The salt and sand mixture doesn’t work until the temperature reaches about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, which isn't expected to occur until Wednesday.
As of 9 a.m., 60 percent of the city was cleared to the curb and by noon, 90 percent of the city streets were expected to be cleared to the curb.
With 3- to 6-foot drifts and 20 mph wind in the county it has been difficult to get roads open, Beckman said.
If you decide to venture out today, chances are you aren’t going to make it down any county road, Beckman said.
At noon, a crew from the Logansport streets department combined efforts with the Cass Co. Highway Department to clear county roads.
Beckman asked for patience as both city and county officials continue to work to make traveling safe.
If anyone needs assistance or would like to know road conditions, they can call the EMA office 574-722-2484.