Statement issued Wednesday shortly before 10:30 a.m. by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department:
Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to numerous calls overnight due to the blizzard conditions.
Deputies responded primarily to vehicle slide-off calls as well as vehicles stuck in drifts on county roadways. Kosciusko County Central Dispatch Center advised that they received over 68 total calls of vehicle crashes or slide-offs since the beginning of the storm last evening.
Deputies were busy early this morning responding to (abandoned) vehicles on county roadways as highway department plow trucks uncovered them.
Kosciusko County Highway Department Superintendent Scott Tillman stated that all plow trucks were out at 4 a.m. He also said that several V-plow trucks had been working throughout the night to assist stuck electrical crews, wreckers and sheriff’s deputies. Tillman stated that approximately 90-95% of Kosciusko County rural roadways were closed when they began plowing this morning.
Some of his employees reported 4 to 5 foot drifts in the outlying areas due to the severe blowing from last night. Tillman also stated that plowing was slow this morning since the snow was quite heavy due to the sleet/freezing rain and snow mixture overnight.
State Road 19 north of U.S. 30 was closed early this morning by the Indiana Department of Transportation extending to Anglin Road, just south of Nappanee due to severe drifts.