Snow emergencies issued

Counties, cities putting out alerts as snow falls.
Sandusky Register Staff
Feb 6, 2014

Updated Thursday, Feb. 6, 4:35 p.m.

•Sandusky County: Level 1 Snow Emergency

•Huron County: Level 1 Snow Emergency

•Ottawa County: Level 1 Snow Emergency

•Seneca County: Level 1 Snow Emergency

Reminder

Level 1 - Roadways are hazardous due to accumulated snow or ice. Drive cautiously.

Level 2 - Roadways are hazardous due to blowing and drifting snow and/or ice cover. Only those who believe it is necessary to drive should be on the roadways. Contact your employer to determine if you should report to work.

Level 3 - Roadways are closed to all non-emergency travel due to extremely hazardous conditions. No one should be on the roadway unless it is absolutely essential to travel. Those operating vehicles on the roadway for non-emergency reasons may be subject to arrest.

Comments

Kottage Kat

Huron County
Level 2

CAST THE FIRST STONE

I plow snow and got done at 4 am..rt 61 north of berlin heights is unpassable unless you follow a snow plow. was drifting all the way over every 15 min. cannot believe it is not level 3. I wouldnt drive on the roads without my plow

Swiftshot

Roads can be deceptive and seem ok at first. When the sky clears don't be fooled. Take it slow or you might be a victim of drifting.

wigglewagon

No level 3? What kind of idiots make these decisions

Perkins Resident

You can't even see the roads in Perkins Township. I had to guide myself using the telephone poles on both sides of the road. Is the sheriff on vacation out of state today?

Gardenman

I can agree with your comments and thoughts on the roads. I have been out there too where all you had was the poles to guide you on the road. That is very scary in a storm and you are alone in the car,

I have a scanner and will say in the defense of the sheriff, Perkins, Sandusky, Huron, OSP police agencies, etc they are all out there. Call after call and so many times they are checking on cars stranded in the snow. In some cases taking people home who will not see a tow truck for an hour plus of waiting. Some calls they are going to are just ridiculous as kids playing with the 911 system but still Sandusky Police had to go over to the residence in this storm. Many security systems like those at Five Guys on Milan road going off in the flucuating electricity and police have to check for a break-in. Another was a lady who went off the road and got stuck trying to get to Walmart to "shop" yes I said "shop."

In all honesty I am glad I am not a police officer, wreaker operator, or so many other folks that are required to be out there in this snow storm.

althenaruby

Watch for cars stuck in the snow.... the side road next to the 250 bridge had a car stuck in the snow and no lights on.

justmy2centsoh

Is there a website where I can listen to the county scanner?

WeThePeople1965

Broadcastify.com/listen, go to Ohio, go to your county and bada bing.

justmy2centsoh

Thank you!

justmy2centsoh

Someone told me they don't like to go to Level 3 because then the officers are paid hazard duty pay per union contract. Is this true?

Blaze

I don't know of any police dept.s that give hazard pay due to weather. That is just part of the job. I would guess that the sheriffs are more reluctant to go to a level 3 because it angers employers. But, what is more important, a life or the almighty dollar? Sometimes it seems like the latter.

CAST THE FIRST STONE

It was 100 percent level 3 I saw it. cars stuck in the middle of the road. what else could happen to make it level 3.

observer1

Ottawa county went level 3 an hour ago.

Dolph02

people stay home and drink milk and eat toast and eggs

my oh my

Yes some of us people in public safety do get at least double time in a level 3 .....I donate whatever money I get under calamity pay...It is in our contract and also county policy....

Blaze

Just out of curiosity what local are you a member of? I would like to see the wording in your contract for this.

my oh my

If the level 3 is declared prior to start of shift and you can make it in safely then pay is doubled until level 3 is abolished and this effects not necessarily LEOs but also paramedics and other personnel....

my oh my

If the level 3 is declared prior to start of shift and you can make it in safely then pay is doubled until level 3 is abolished and this effects not necessarily LEOs but also paramedics and other personnel....

Blaze

What local are you a member of? I want to look up the contract. I can't find any that have that wording.

WeThePeople1965

Why does it matter to you?

Blaze

I am a union member and I like to look at other contracts, especially ones that have different stuff than mine.

SamAdams

Conditions were unreal this morning. No plowing at all on side streets, many of which had substantial drifts (not blaming the City -- I'm sure they've got plenty of main roads to keep clear right now). Slippery underneath all of the snow. Blowing like crazy. This is easily the worst I've seen it this year, and I was only out and about on foot for a short while!

If you don't have to be out, DON'T. It's just common sense (not to mention common courtesy) to keep things as open as humanly possible for those who have no choice but to be on the roads.

slightthroat212

please be careful out there on those dark curves on 101. That road is a real mess. Wonder when they intent to put lights out there. If you haven't driven it during the day....good luck in the dark. That is a disaster waiting to happen. It is icy and snow covered. What a mess coming home from work this morning