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WINTER WEATHER IMPEDES TRAVEL, FORCES CLOSURES

(Whitewater Valley)--Several Whitewater Valley counties had the highest level of travel advisory Tuesday morning.  It means travel is restricted to emergency management workers only.  Those counties include Union, Franklin, Randolph, and Henry.   As for Wayne County, here’s Richmond Mayor Dave Snow.  "After a lengthy discussion, the decision has been made to close all city of Richmond and Wayne County government offices for (Tuesday)."  Wayne County remained on a Level II Travel Advisory.   All other area counties, including Preble, Fayette, Darke, and Butler are also limited to essential travel only.  Wayne County roads Tuesday morning are felt effects of the winter storm that has passed through our area.  Here’s Mike Sharp with the Wayne County Highway Department Tuesday morning.  "Most of the roads are drifted - probably two to three-foot drifts.  East-west roads are going to be the worst." Crews asked the public to stay off the roads so that plows can get through.  "If they can stay off the roads, they need to stay off.  Let us get them opened up.  We're trying to get a pass though all of them.  If we can get one pass, we'll go back and try to open them up a little more," Sharp said.  Wayne County had a full road crew out Tuesday morning.  Winter weather has forced the closure of numerous city and county building across the Whitewater Valley.  That includes the Richmond Municipal Building and all Wayne County offices.  Wayne County has had just shy of 9700 residents receive at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.  But there won’t be any Tuesday…at least not from the Wayne County Health Department.  Here’s Executive Director Christine Stinson.  "The Wayne County Health Department is closing its vaccination site for Tuesday.  All appointments will be rescheduled as soon as we know the weather is clear."  The Covid-19 testing site will also be closed.  Reid Health has also posted numerous office closings or delayed openings on its Facebook page.

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