Montgomery County Commissioners declared a snow emergency for the entire county at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
“We are getting a ton of slide-offs especially in the Ladoga area, and we felt like it was best to declare an emergency,” Commissioner President Phil Bane said. “Our biggest concern is that cars get stuck on the roads or just off the roads and then we can’t get our snow plows down the roads. It’s a safety issues for everyone.”
A snow emergency means you can only travel on county roads “if you have a true emergency” Bane said.
“An advisory is when you can still travel at your own risk,” he said. “An emergency means you better have a pretty darn good reason to be on the roads.”
The snow emergency will remain in effect until further notice. Once it is lifted it will be announced on the Journal Review (www.journalreview.com) and county’s (www.montgomeryco.net) websites.
County commissioners also closed their offices at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton sent non-essential city personnel home at noon.
Emergency Management Director Shari Harrington said the Emergency Command Center opened operations around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and “we will be here until as long as we are needed.”
Harrington said they were monitoring weather conditions and making sure resources were available should anyone need them.
Harrington said the Waynetown Fire Department and EMS were called to work a van rollover on Interstate 74 around in Fountain County near the Montgomery County line.
“The Street Department Commissioner has been in to see what is coming,” she said. “There is a lot of monitoring going on right now.”
Crawfordsville Street Commissioner Scott Hesler said his crews were not called in early as the snow had not started but there were on the job at 7 a.m.
Denise Maxwell, the executive director of the Montgomery County chapter of the American Red Cross, said her crews were on stand-by.
“We have our trailer packed with supplies,” she said early Wednesday.
She said they had the volunteers in place and ready to go where ever they were needed.
“For now we are telling them to stay home and off the roads until we call them,” Maxwell said.
By mid afternoon, WLFI was reporting 4.5 inches of snow had fallen in Montgomery County and peak wind gust of 41 mph had been recorded in the county.
The Journal Review offices also have closed for the day.
Check back for weather updates.