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January 6, 2014

Snowpocalypse: Local residents dig out from snowfall

Storm dumps snow, blocks roadways

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On Sunday, Logansport and county streets crews were doing their best to keep at least some roads driveable.

“County roads are drifted pretty good in some areas,” Cass County Sheriff Randy Pryor said. One accident involving minor injuries had been reported early Sunday on U.S. 35, he said.

“There’ve been several slide-offs, several people getting stuck, sometimes right in the roadway, due to drifting snow,” Pryor said. “Nothing serious so far. Thank goodness for that.”

The county highway department’s seven trucks were working “around the clock,” he added. “They’re doing the best they can, but with the miles of roadway that we have, it’ll be impossible for them to keep every road clear.”

Cass and some surrounding counties were under travel watches late Sunday evening — with only essential travel recommended. Carroll, Pulaski and Miami counties were among Indiana’s 30 counties under travel warnings as of 6 p.m. Sunday, meaning officials urged everyone to stay off the roads unless in an emergency.

Pryor especially urged drivers not to attempt going on roads that may be impassable.

“Be awful careful if you venture out in the morning,” he said. “Make sure the road is open and [you] can get down it. Always be prepared for that wind chill factor.”

Below-zero temperatures and wind gusts are forecast to bring the wind chill factor as low as negative 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

“That’s temperatures we haven’t seen in a while,” Pryor commented.

He anticipated potential power outages based on the buildup of ice from rain that fell in the wee hours Sunday morning.

“We haven’t had any reports yet, but there is a possibility,” he said Sunday evening. He suspected ice may bring down power lines, or tree limbs weighed down by ice may fall and take power lines with them.

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