Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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January 4, 2014

County braces for winter storm

GREENSBURG – City and county officials will meet with the Decatur County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Sunday to determine what local actions will be taken in response to a major winter storm expected to blanket much of the state this weekend.

The National Weather Service was predicting six inches – or more – of snow expected to begin early Sunday. Some reports indicate as much as 12 inches of snow are a possibility in the Decatur County area.

EMA director Rob Duckworth told the Daily News he thinks eight inches of snow accumulation throughout Greensburg and Decatur County isn’t out of the question.

But no matter what fury Mother Nature elects to send the Tree City’s way, local authorities are prepared for the worst.

Duckworth said the city and county are prepared to have “warming stations” in place should a number of individuals lose power or a means of heating their homes due to the pending inclement weather. In a worst-case scenario, emergency personnel are prepared to have shelters ready for those in need as well – should it come to that.

“We’ve planned for those stations regionally throughout the county because we know that travel will be difficult,” Duckworth said.

Exactly how difficult remains to be seen.

The EMA director said highway and street departments have planned to scrape as much of the remaining ice as possible prior to the weekend’s snowfall. During a conference call with local business representatives Friday afternoon, Duckworth said he expects snowfall to begin around 3 a.m. Sunday; accumulation is not anticipated to linger far into Monday.

When officials meet Sunday, they will assess the local weather situation and determine what winter weather advisory level will be designated for Decatur County.

The anticipated heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures – which could fall to as low as -15 – could potentially bring the need for raising the county’s advisory level to “red,” which calls for emergency travel only. At press time Friday, Decatur County was designated as being in the “yellow” advisory level, which calls for caution as road conditions may be hazardous.

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