LaPorte Co. remains under state of emergency

2010-12-15T00:00:00Z 2010-12-15T00:07:13Z LaPorte Co. remains under state of emergencyBy Stan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 15, 2010 12:00 am  • 

LaPorte County on Tuesday still operating under a state of emergency to keep drivers off the roads and help snow plows make a dent in clearing drifts up to 6 feet high.

Any progress Monday essentially was wiped out from the additional 10 to 12 inches of lake effect snow that fell as gusty winds subsided overnight.

By late Tuesday morning, LaPorte County Highway Department Superintendent Bob Young said the sun was beginning to shine but there was still a ways to go in clearing snow-choked county roads.

"Conditions are improving. We're slowly catching up," Young said.

According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, the once-drifted-over state highways like U.S. 30 and Ind. 2 were clear Tuesday but snow packed and slick.

As many as 40 motorists stranded Sunday night and early Monday were housed overnight at the Cass-Clinton Fire Station in Wanatah.

At least one man was found stranded in his vehicle Tuesday morning by a snow plow driver on 800 South near the Porter County line.

Young said the man had been stuck for about one hour.

The state of emergency aimed at keeping the roads clear of stranded vehicles will remain in effect indefinitely.

When it will be lifted will be determined by the progress made in clearing the roads by the 40 county highway snow plow drivers and private contractors with plows and payloaders moving the heavy piles, LaPorte County Commission President Barb Huston said.

Young said subdivisions will be last to see plows, which traditionally clear roads in the county-wide grid first.

Huston said anyone traveling the county roads under the state of emergency could be ticketed.

"The roads aren't cleared. A lot of people wind up in the ditch," Huston said.

In LaPorte, officials estimated there had been nearly 22 inches since Sunday. It was an estimated total given the amount of drifting.

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