City, county issue travel warnings


Seymour Mayor Craig Luedeman and county officials announced a travel warning late Saturday, allowing only emergency travel on roadways until conditions improve.

The travel warning is the highest of travel advisories, and residents are directed to refrain from all travel, comply with necessary emergency measures, cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency plans and obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.

Commissioner Drew Markel said county officials will meet around 7:30 a.m. Sunday to assess the situation and determine whether the warning will be lifted.

The action comes as a winter storm brings snow and ice, as well as high gusts of wind. Jackson County Highway Department, Seymour Department of Public Works and Indiana Department of Transportation workers have been plowing roadways since early this evening.

“Conditions have deteriorated to a level that travel is restricted to emergency personnel only,” Markel said.

Visibility is low, and multiple incidents have been reported, police said.

Jackson County Lt. Adam Nicholson said residents should heed the warning from public officials, and only travel during an emergency.

“We strongly encourage people to stay off roads,” he said. “The temperature is dropping and the roads are very dangerous.”

Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said conditions were poor on Interstate 65, and have not improved.

Officials in Bartholomew County have taken the same measure, issuing a Travel Warning late Saturday. The Columbus Republic announced its Sunday edition would be delivered Monday.


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