Blizzard Has Sheriff Saying 'Stay Off Roads' 2-01-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Blizzard Has Sheriff Saying 'Stay Off Roads' 2-01-2011

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson is asking residents in that county to stay off the roads except in the event of an emergency.
“As forecasts have been warning, winter blizzard conditions are only hours away,” said Hanson. “Not that this isn’t already being done, I am asking that media outlets to tell the people of Huron County to stay off the roads from later this evening until the weather breaks later tomorrow.”
Mid-Michigan is bracing for nearly a foot of snowfall in the next two days.
“Back on December 13th, I took criticism for not making more of an effort to keep the people off of the roads after a blizzard crippled our county for nearly 2 days,” said Hanson. “Fortunately, no one was seriously injured from the events of that storm and hopefully we won’t have any major problems with this storm.”
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Nearly every county in the Mid-Michigan region is expected to get a significant measure of snowfall. Huron County is predicted to get upward of 8 inches of snow, with the most affected areas of Genesee County, Lapeer and St. Clair counties forecasted to receive nearly 15 inches.
“We have equipped our deputies with 4-wheel-drive vehicles, but with poor visibilities and major drifting of snow, we may not be able to respond to calls for assistance,” said Hanson.
The sheriff urged Huron County residents to secure emergency supplies by early Tuesday evening to be prepared to ride out the storm.
“Unless an absolute emergency occurs, do not venture out onto the roads,” Hanson said. “If that emergency does occur, make sure you have a cell phone, proper winter clothing, enough gasoline, food and drink, along with other survival gear.”
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