Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
January 27, 2014 11:01 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — Preparedness and the use of common sense are important factors when dealing with frigid, arctic-type weather conditions, said Mark Maxwell director of the Knox County Emergency Management Agency and Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer.

Shaffer said residents should pay attention when a snow level emergency has been declared. He depends on information from the crews that are out plowing and talks with people from the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Knox County highway department when making a determination. ODOT, he said, called him about 2 a.m. Saturday morning saying they would support a Level 2 based on road conditions. Shaffer talked with ODOT again Sunday morning, about 7:30, and was told the state crews were “keeping up,” although the roads were still snow-covered.

“That’s why we cut it back to Level 1,” said Shaffer, “and an hour later is when it looked like a blizzard for a while. ... I talked to them this morning about 4:30 just to make sure, and they said plows were keeping up. Both county highway and ODOT said roads were open. Of course they had snow on them and were a little bit slick.”

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