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Early Travel Warning paid off for Marshall County


We first told you Tuesday night about Marshall County's pro-active approach to this latest round of winter weather.  The County implemented a travel warning before the snow began to fall.  So we wanted to know did the strategy work?  FOX28's Melanie Yuill headed to Marshall County to find out.

Wednesday evening,  business owner Eric Kessler said, "This much snow, everybody's digging out."  Kessler owns Kessler Crane in Plymouth.  The area received 9 inches of snow in the latest storm so he was using a bobcat to remove snow from his company's parking lot.

"We shut down, most of our guys couldn't get in and the plow trucks couldn't get to us soon enough so dug out at home then came here started digging out for tomorrow," said Kessler.

Across town, Jim Vermillion was also digging out his dad's home.  "My dad lives here he's 93 years old we try to keep his driveway clean so meals on wheels can make it in and out during the day."

Most people weren't making it anywhere.  Marshall County was under a travel warning from 7 p.m. Tuesday until 4 p.m. Wednesday.  The County alerted people about the travel restrictions a day ahead of time.  People in Plymouth said that was beneficial. 

Vermillion said, "I think anything like that helps.  I mean if you don't have to be out there's no reason to be out and risking your life."  Kessler said, "it allowed us at least to make plans , you know we went ahead and told all the employees not to come in."

The Marshall County Sheriff's Department said the early warning worked quote, "really well."  In a 24 hour period during the travel warning there were only six slide offs and two accidents, very low according to the Sheriff's Department.

The department said people heeded the warnings and that was obvious in Plymouth.  several businesses shut down Tuesday night and remained closed Wednesday.

Kessler said it wasn't good for business but he understands why it had to be done, "obviously it holds up production, if it helps out the County clear the roads quicker to keep people off the roads I see the plus side to it."

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