WINTER WEATHER CONTINUES TO CAUSE DELAYS
Friday, March 01, 2013
From Tuesday, February 26, through the afternoon of Thursday, February 28, 2013, Polk County Communication Specialists have been fielding a high volume of calls regarding traffic accidents, vehicles in ditches, and stalled vehicles. A total of 99 calls reporting accidents were taken by Polk County Communication Specialists, with 40 of those being sent to Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies. Another 71 calls reported vehicles in the ditch, and 45 of those were covered by Deputies. Of the 38 reported stalled vehicles, 22 were checked by our Deputies.
With the wind continuously blowing the snow in rural areas, drifting is common which makes it difficult for snow plows to maintain clear roads. Blowing snow often leads to icy surfaces; the combination of these elements can create treacherous road conditions.
Motorists are reminded to allow for extra travel time and expect delays. Conditions may improve temporarily during daylight hours when temperatures rise and melting can occur, but they tend to deteriorate once the temperature drops and any water or slush freezes. Be sure that vehicles are in proper working order and stocked with emergency supplies such as a warm coat, blanket, a cell phone, etc.