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Monroe Co. eyes winter weather advisories

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The early January storm left it's mark on Monroe County.

Many residents say certain roads were impassable for days.

"I don't think they were scraped until about 3 or 4 days later," Monroe resident, Greg Buell said.

But county leaders are trying to be proactive, looking for ways to better their response to weather emergencies.

Currently, they're drafting a snow and winter weather emergency policy.

"It's important for Monroe County officials to make sure we're prepared," Michael Bosanac, County Administrator and Chief Financial Officer said.  "This will help our citizens get information and help them make good decisions for their own personal safety."

The county will issue advisories like Ohio issues snow emergencies.

A Travel Advisory means roads are snow or ice covered and drivers should use caution.

A Severe Travel Warning would urge motorists to avoid travel, unless it's for work or medical needs.

And finally, the Emergency Travel Only indicates it's likely streets will become impassable and motorists stranded.

"We can't tell people to driver or not to drive, but we can certainly encourage them for their own safety about when they should go out," Bosanac told 13abc.

Although this plan is not set is stone, many county leaders and residents seem to be on board.

"With all the people stuck on the side of the road I think it definitely would have helped," Driver Matt Sinkey said.

The next step is to get all the departments to sign off on one plan.

No word when that may happen.

 

 

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