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Clark County

January 25, 2013

2:30 P.M. UPDATE: ISP urges caution on slick roadways

Schools don't plan to release students early

SELLERSBURG — Because of the earlier snow, ice and rain the roadways in Southern Indiana are beginning to become slick and hazardous.

Motorists are urged to use caution and avoid unnecessary travel. Residents also are requested to avoid calling state, county or local law enforcement dispatch centers for travel conditions.

For the latest information regarding road conditions in your area, check media outlets or visit the Indiana Department of Transportation website, Traffic Wise, at www.TrafficWise.in.gov

Maj. Keith Whitlow with the New Albany Police Department said from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., they only recieved five notifications of property damage accidents with no injuries.

He they were reported from the New Albany High School parking lot, 200 block of Spring Street, 2200 block of Willard Avenue, Valley View Court and the 1700 block of East Oak Street.

“It’s not been too bad, really,” Whitlow said. “That’s all we’ve had since 6 a.m. From rush hour to early afternoon, we’ve only had those five. People have been driving pretty good, I guess.”

School districts plan to keep students for the remainder of the school day, with weather forecasts showing improving conditions and warmer temperatures as the day goes on.

Erin Bojorquez, director of communications and public relations said Greater Clark County Schools administrators had no plans to release students early because of the forecasted rising temperatures.

Monty Schneider, superintendent of West Clark Community Schools, said he had driven around his district early in the morning to check conditions, but plans on keeping students all day.

“No, we think weather will be better as time goes on,” Schneider said. I was out early this morning just in case, but the county’s done a good job getting out and putting brine on the roads last night and gravel this morning.”

Bill Briscoe, assistant superintendent of the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp., said they had no plans to release students early.

In Clarksville Community Schools, superintendent Kim Knott said they’d keep an eye on the weather for the rest of the day.

“We will communicate with the other school districts in our area and make decisions as we go forward,” Knott said.

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