LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Avoid unnecessary travel Monday is the advice from local law enforcement agencies following the Sunday snow storm.
Many roads in the Greater Lafayette area remain snow covered with city and state road crews doing all they can to plow and re-plow the roadways as quickly as they can. In the meantime, several travel alerts have been issued to help keep the public safe and out of the way of emergency crews.
The most serious alert, a "Travel Warning," has been issued for Fountain and Warren counties. According to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website, a "Travel Warning" is the highest level of a local travel advisory. It means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only. During a "warning" local travel advisory, you are directed to:
- refrain from all travel;
- comply with necessary emergency measures;
- cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; and
- obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.
The next highest level, a "Travel Watch," is in effect for Miami and Benton counties. A "Travel Watch" means conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a "watch" local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations.
A "Travel Advisory" has been issued for Tippecanoe, Clinton and Cass counties. A "Travel Advisory" is the lowest level of local travel advisory, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.
The City of Frankfort issued a news release Sunday with an update as of 10 p.m. Sunday. Mayor Chris McBarnes upgraded the status of the city to a Level 2 Snow Emergency:
"With snow continuing to fall and accumulations currently at approximately four inches, Mayor McBarnes is moving the City of Frankfort to a Level 2 Snow Emergency, meaning only essential travel is permitted, including travel to and from work or school, medical appointments or to get prescriptions, travel to obtain essential supplies of food or fuel, to take shelter or the travel of emergency vehicles or workers engaged in emergency operations.
"This upgraded level will remain in effect until further notice, including through the morning rush hour when City and County officials will re-evaluate weather and road conditions.
"City snow plow drivers will be working through the night and into Monday morning, clearing Frankfort streets. Street crews and police officers are remaining in close communication.
"Frankfort Community Schools are on spring break this week. As a friendly reminder, government officials do not decide whether local businesses open or close in bad weather. Those decisions are left solely in the hands of company officials."
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