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LaGrange County one of last in Michiana to downgrade travel warning

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We've been telling you about snow emergencies and travel restrictions for days now.  But LaGrange County's Travel Warning lasted longer than others in Michiana.

LaGrange County Officials said they've had a lot of snow drifts to deal with but the main problem is a quarter of their Highway trucks are out of commission right now.

Jac Price. LaGrange County Commissioner, said, "We're not as far along as we'd like to be...the main roads in the County are open, there are some secondary roads probably best described as impassable. "

Price along with other County officials decide whether the county will be under a Travel Warning, Watch, or Advisory based on road conditions.  They were the last County in our area to downgrade from a warning to a watch Tuesday afternoon.  "We felt it was necessary that we change the status so that the factories could open tomorrow and people could get back to work," said Price.

LaGrange County Sheriff Terry Martin said the main roads are clear enough for people to get to work.  But a watch still means you should only be driving if you have somewhere important to go.  "We don't want people out there just to be driving around."

While they've dealt with large snow drifts, they are also dealing with some other factors, "we have vehicles that are stuck in the middle of these roads and drifts and we can't plow the road cause the vehicles in there," said Martin.

And some mechanical factors.  Martin said, "there's at least four trucks that are down."

The truck problems are caused by the weather.   "Part of it's they're breaking cause the snow's so heavy and some of the drifts they try to go through.  The cold weather has affected the hydraulics, they couldn't get the blades back down," said Martin.

Commissioner Price said the trucks will be worked on immediately and the one's that are working will be kept warm.  After all this, he's ready for the deep freeze to be over.  "I really don't want to experience this again."

Now that LaGrange County has downgraded to a travel watch that puts them on par with most other Michiana Counties.  A watch means only essential travel is recommended.  Martin said if you do get stuck and you don't have a good excuse for while you were driving you still may be cited.

 

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