VW, Paulding issue snow emergencies
Van Wert independent/submitted information
With a combined total of more than a foot of snow on the ground from two storms, it’s not going to be easy to get around on Monday. Moreover, with snow emergencies in Van Wert and Paulding counties, getting around is not a real option anyway.
Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach issued a snow emergency for Van Wert County township, county and state routes. Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Sections 311.07 and 311.08, all roadway travel for non-emergency vehicles is prohibited. The snow emergency is a result of blowing and drifting snow. Many roadways are impassable, with visibility severely reduced and at times near zero. The snowplows are having difficulty keeping up with the drifting snow. This snow emergency means emergency vehicle travel only.
Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers has issued a Level 3 weather emergency for his county. A Level 3 emergency means that Paulding County roads are officially closed to non-essential personnel. What constitutes essential personnel is decided on a case-by-case basis, but people who are joy riding on their four-wheel drive vehicles or just sightseeing are definitely non-essential. “No one should be on the roadways unless it is an absolute necessity,” the sheriff said in a news release. The snow emergency will be modified as conditions warrant.