Snow causes problems for motorists, schools


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



OJ Stapleton|NDL Snow still covered the historic Logan County courthouse on Monday morning. Several inches of snow fell late Sunday morning and caused problems all throughout the county.


The fast falling snow on Sunday in Logan County quickly caused roadways to become extremely hazardous and resulted in numerous wrecks all over the county.

“We had vehicles off the road and overturned and several serious wrecks all in a short matter of time,” said Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whittaker. “We had to call out the oncoming shift just to help us deal with it all.”

The snowfall started while many people were in church and caused problems when they began driving home from service.

“It happened so quickly it just caused major problems,” Whittaker said. “People just weren’t planning on it being that bad.”

At one point, the sheriff’s department was working three separate injury accidents at once.

Because of the volume of the crashes, the Sheriff’s Department issued a statement that said they would not be responding to any minor accidents.

“Basically, when you get swamped like that, you can’t respond to everything,” Whittaker said. “We don’t normally do that, but other agencies have before and we felt like it was necessary because of all the major wrecks we were working.”

Whittaker said that his deputies were busy dealing with crashes until around 6 p.m. Sunday.

The snow also caused the cancellation of classes for Russellville Independent schools on Monday.

Russellville was to use Monday as a makeup for previous snow days, but that wasn’t able to happen after the storm dumped several inches of snow on the city.

Superintendent Leon Smith originally hoped to wait until Monday morning before deciding whether or not to cancel classes, but it became apparent Sunday night that there was no way students could be transported safely to the schools.

“While we were hoping to wait until Monday morning to make a call, road conditions and our parking lots are very slick and hazardous,” Smith said in an email about canceling school at 7:46 p.m. “Without daylight Mr. (John) Myers and I do not believe we will get enough melt for safe travel tomorrow morning.”

Students in Logan County were already scheduled to have Monday off as a planned holiday for Presidents Day.

OJ Stapleton|NDL Snow still covered the historic Logan County courthouse on Monday morning. Several inches of snow fell late Sunday morning and caused problems all throughout the county.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Snow-courthouse.jpgOJ Stapleton|NDL Snow still covered the historic Logan County courthouse on Monday morning. Several inches of snow fell late Sunday morning and caused problems all throughout the county.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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