Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

January 8, 2014

Miami Co. fights persistent drifting

Over 125 snow-related accidents reported since Sunday.

PERU — Although road conditions have improved since around a foot of snow dumped on Miami County Sunday, officials say driving conditions still remain dangerous as drifting continues to plague county roadways.

On Tuesday, county officials downgraded travel conditions from a warning to watch, allowing residents to legally drive on essential errands like going to work or medical appointments.

The city of Peru switched to a watch Monday morning.

Even so, officials are warning drivers to use caution and only drive when necessary.

“It’s a lot better than it was, but it’s still not good,” said Miami County Sheriff Tim Miller. “The roads are nowhere near normal. It’s definitely still threatening out there.”

Since Sunday, nasty road conditions have kept emergency responders swamped. By Tuesday afternoon, city and county officers had responded to more than 125 snow-related incidents including slide offs, accidents and vehicles stuck in the snow, according the county emergency 911 dispatch.

Miller said those numbers could have been much worse if residents hadn’t taken heed of the county’s request to stay home and off the roads.

“I think people took the warning seriously,” he said. “People planned, and that helped.”

Mike Sisson, a foreman with the Miami County highway department, said crews have worked around the clock to keep roads cleared, but gusty winds have made that difficult.

“We can handle the snow, but the drifting is what’s killed us,” he said. “It’s been a battle.”

Roads in parts of the county remained impassable Tuesday, but Sisson said nearly all the roads received an initial plow run by late in the day. He said most roads should be well cleared by Thursday.

Even if roads are open, Sisson said, they all remain hard-packed with snow and ice.

“They’re snow packed and slick,” he said. “But they’re passable and safe if you drive the way you’re supposed to … As soon as we get some 30-degree weather and some sun, then they’ll thaw.”

Peru Mayor Jim Walker praised the street department for getting city roads open by Monday, but said drivers should remain vigilant.

“Just use common sense,” he said. “It’s winter in Indiana. We’re hoping that everybody stays safe and warm.”

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Kokomo man heading to 'Hoosier Millionaire' finale Rick Rhodes is still having a hard time believing his good fortune. On Thursday, the 53-year-old Kokomo man walked away with $13,500 after beating out five other contestants on the “Hoosier Millionaire” live road show in Fort Wayne. “I’m still in sho

    April 18, 2014

  • Dual Credit classes KACC 02 Dual credits give high school students head start on college More area students are enrolling in dual credit classes as a way to get an early start on their college degrees and prepare for the rigor of higher education while still in high school. In the past five years, the number of college credits earned by

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Email, Internet knocked out at Miami Co. Courthouse PERU -- Basic government services were put on hold for the second time in nearly two months in Miami County after a massive server failure once again knocked out Internet and email access in most departments and offices. The crash hit early last week

    April 18, 2014

  • Early voting underway in Miami Co. PERU -- Miami County officials are reminding residents that early voting is now open for the primary election. Early voting started April 8 and will end May 5, one day before Election Day. Early voting is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday at t

    April 18, 2014

  • Jackson Street Commons veterans home grand opening set for May 22 Jackson Street Commons, a home for veterans near downtown Kokomo, will host a grand opening May 22. The new $3.6 million facility, located at 322 E. Jackson St., provides permanent housing to 27 previously homeless veterans, said Judy Dennis, executi

    April 18, 2014

  • YMCA nearing design phase completion Development and design of the new 73,000 square foot YMCA should be completed in the next 30 days, YMCA of Kokomo Executive Director David Dubois told the Kokomo Common Council Monday. Dubois said he hopes to begin construction on the new facility by

    April 18, 2014

  • NHS, PJHS named four-star schools Northwestern High School and Peru Jr. High School have found their place among the top schools in the state, with the Indiana Department of Education recognizing them as four-star schools Tuesday. A total of 311 elementary, middle and high schools we

    April 18, 2014

  • NWS-PT041614 Flora Doc1.jpg [Duplicate] The doctor is still in after health group's departure FLORA -- The safe at a downtown bank building, once used for protecting cash and valuables, is now stocked with medical supplies. The former bank office on East Main Street became Flora Family Medicine last month after it was made possible for one lo

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Students visit courthouse Elementary students gained insight on the inner workings of county government through field trips to the Howard County Courthouse this week. Northwestern School Corp. students visited the courthouse Wednesday, and Western Intermediate School third gr

    April 18, 2014

  • Mac talent show 01 lf Maconaquah students, alumni take the stage for 50th annual variety show

    BUNKER HILL - When students from Bunker Hill and Clay Township schools suddenly found themselves walking the same halls in the new Maconaquah High School, they needed something to rally around as they formed their new school identity. That's when Pow

    April 17, 2014 3 Photos

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.