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Dutchess County Storm Update – March 14th 5pm
Travel Ban to End at 4am on 3/15
State of Emergency, including parking ban, remains in effect until 4pm on 3/15.
County Offices to remain closed on 3/15
Poughkeepsie...Dutchess County remains under Winter Storm Warning conditions, with snowfall continuing at a steady pace and increasing wind gusts. The Dutchess County Emergency Operation Center continues to monitor the storm and provide resources as needed. County Executive Molinaro issued an updated State of Emergency Executive Order at 5pm today. The order prohibiting travel on all county roadways will end at 4am tomorrow, Wednesday, March 15th. However, the State of Emergency will remain in effect through 4pm on Wednesday, March 15th, including the order prohibiting parking on all public roads in Dutchess County in order to ensure effective snow removal efforts.
With all Dutchess County resources deployed for snow removal on county roadways throughout the night to ensure roads are passable in the morning, Dutchess County Government offices and facilities, including courts, parks and senior friendship centers, will remain closed on Wednesday, March 15th, with only essential county personnel reporting. Public Works crews normally deployed to clearing county parking lots, entry ways, sidewalks and other entry points to county facilities have been diverted to clearing roadways, making county facilities inaccessible.
Dutchess County Public Transit will be operating regular route bus service tomorrow, however users should expect service delays. Dial-A-Ride and Flex service, however, is cancelled for Wednesday, March 15th.
The parking ban on all public roads in Dutchess County will also continue throughout the day tomorrow, Wednesday, March 15th until 4pm. The ban is to ensure effective snow removal efforts. Local municipalities have the authority to move any vehicle parked on a public roadway that inhibits snow removal. The state of emergency order is issued pursuant to Section 24 of New York State Executive Law. It is enforceable by local, county and state law enforcement agencies.
Although the travel ban will be lifted at 4am tomorrow, snow removal operations will continue well into tomorrow and road conditions will be less than optimal, with many secondary roads in poor condition due to wind gusts and snow drafts. High snow mounds will impact visibility particularly at road intersections. Motorist should be aware of pedestrians on roadways due to impassable sidewalks. Travel should continue to be avoided if possible to allow for crews to address conditions. If you must travel, please use extra caution and leave plenty of travel time. The following are some safe winter driving tips to keep in mind:
The Dutchess County Emergency Operations Center will remain open throughout tonight and tomorrow to continue to address storm issues.
For the latest updates, please continue to follow Dutchess County Government on social media: Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dutchess-County-Government/73646813346 or Twitter at http://twitter.com/DutchessCoGov or on the County’s website at www.dutchessny.gov.
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