UPDATE: Kosciusko Level 3 Emergency Still Active

(UPDATE: As of 5 p.m. this afternoon (Tuesday) Kosciusko County’s Level III Travel Warning will be downgraded back to the Watch Level. Kosciusko County Government Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Marshall County is terminating its Warning Level at noon today. Whitley County will go under a Level II Watch as of 5 p.m. Tuesday. Elkhart County’s emergency declaration expires at 6 p.m.) 

Early Sunday morning, Kosciusko County Commissioners President Ron Truex signed a Level III Emergency, meaning all travel on unincorporated roads in the county is prohibited, except for the purpose of emergency response and travel to and from work. Unincorporated roads are those not maintained by a city/town or the state, but by the county highway department.

The declaration is in effect until further notice and recognizes the significant snowfall which has been aggravated by high winds and extremely cold temperatures.

Per the Indiana Code as part of this declaration, fines associated with ignoring the declaration could be handed out by law enforcement. According to Kosciusko County Emergency Management Director Ed Rock, Sec. 34 of IC 10-14-3-34 notes that a person who “knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly violates this chapter commits a Class B misdemeanor.”

The declaration can be read HERE.

  • Kathleen Meeker

    about time!!!

  • Tim Connors

    last in the area to declare this.??
    did we have to clear it with the orthopedic companies first??

  • Antierian07

    This is where the Commissioner’s declaration and the INDOT travel status map do not agree. According to INDOT there is to be no travel except emergency personnel. Which is right?

  • Douglas Hufziger

    Will this storm be like the blizzard of 77?

  • Steve Lockridge

    what roads are
    unincorporated roads?

  • Tara M. Perry

    I thought a level 3 Emergency was NO vehicles except for emergency vehicles were allowed out and not even people travelling to and from work were allowed on the roads? Am I wrong in this now?

  • Virginia Folwell-Barber

    I am so gratefull for your site. So we can keep track of things going on while we are not there, Thank you.

  • Virginia Folwell-Barber

    What weather your having out there. I am thankful for your site so we can keep track of what”s going on while we are not there. Hopefully when we get back we can have some fresh snow, if we can get back coming across I-80.

  • Mary

    What is ready stupid is Ron truex makes that dicision but then his plant that he runs make people go to work today isn’t that a
    contradiction

    • Timothy J. McCorkle

      or at least aconflict of interest…

  • Lynelle vogel

    Is it for Tuesday, too? I do not see that in the declaration.

  • Scarlet Montague

    I am hearing from Ron Truex’s employees that if they don’t show up for work today they will be fired. This State link shows that Kosciusko county is under Warning and under that heading states refrain from all travel. http://www.in.gov/ai/appfiles/dhs-countyMap/dhsCountyMap.html I feel for them.

    • Bruce Prosser

      It seems that Mr. Truex thinks that his little declaration trumps the Indiana government’s statutes. It is clear that all travel is supposed to be not happening. Someone is confused.

  • Bruce Prosser

    Warning is clear from http://www.in.gov

    (A) refrain from all travel;
    (B) comply with necessary emergency measures;
    (C) cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; and
    (D) obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.

  • axton47

    The county figures our lives are less important than the profits of the companies that reside here. THAT is why they wait so very long to declare an emergency.