Hamilton County road and emergency crews prepare for winter storm

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HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (Jan. 31, 2015) - Emergency officials and road crews are prepared to face a winter weather storm in Hamilton County.

More than 100 city road crews were on standby Saturday night.

In a statement, Fishers City leaders said, "All DPW night staff plow drivers are reporting for duty this evening. We will have 57 plow/salt trucks and 8 loaders on staff by 10 p.m. tonight. Our crews will run 12 hour shifts until all snow removal needs have been met. We start by hitting main thoroughfares, intersections and roundabouts before moving into the subdivisions. In addition to keeping the roads clear, Fishers DPW also maintains all of the HSE school parking lots."

Carmel city leaders are also making safety a top priority. Up to 60 trucks will be on standby Saturday and Sunday and used as needed.

The Hamilton County Public Safety Communications office is also making sure their crews are fully staffed in case of emergencies. “We’re ready to ramp up if necessary. In addition, we’re able to have folks with four wheel drive vehicles bring our employees in, because our shift changes at 5:00 in the morning," says Hamilton County Public Safety Communications Executive Director, Michael Snowden.

If the conditions worsen, the county will activate the Emergency Operations Center.
“Public health is something that’s needed even in a snowstorm. We bring the highway department. We bring representatives from the various utilities in," Snowden says about how the emergency center would operate. He says it's been used frequently in the past few years.

The county's top priority is ensuring safety for everyone on the roads. "The emergency crews out there still have to respond to emergencies, wether it’s a wreck or a fire or a crime in progress and the more folks that are sliding off into ditches or driving like the roads are dry, the worse it is for our emergency responders," says Snowden.
Road crews will be operating in 12 hour shifts with multiple crews in each shift until the roads are clear and safe for drivers.

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