Clinton Co. residents venture outside, go against snow emergency

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

WILMINGTON, OH (FOX19)  - While most of the local snow emergencies have been lowered or lifted, on Tuesday night, Clinton County was the only Tri-State county under a level three snow emergency. That means only emergency workers are allowed out on the roads.

"It's the worst I remember it in a few years," said Aaron Cassidy, a Clinton County resident.

Drifting snow and lots of open, flat land are the two biggest problems. Authorities said there's so much open space in Clinton County, the snow blows right back onto the roads.

Sheriff Ralph Fizer declared a level three emergency for the county on Tuesday morning. That's the highest one possible. It means only emergency personnel, including police and fire, or residents with an emergency can venture out on the roads. Deputies said for the most part, the plan worked. Snow plows were able to clear the main roads, while many residents stayed home. Many, but not all. In Wilmington, FOX19 saw dozens of residents driving.

Cassidy said he knew he wasn't supposed to be driving, but his job forced him outside.

"I had to," Cassidy said. "I had to go to work."

Still, those caught driving in the level three snow emergency face up to a thousand dollar fine or even jail time.

"I don't think they can enforce that too much," Mervin Wisecup, a Clinton County resident, said. "There's a lot of people out on the roads right now and I'm sure they don't all have emergencies."

It's unclear if anyone was arrested Tuesday or ever because of the snow emergency, but deputies said they reserve the right to do so.

Deputies said they couldn't speak with us Tuesday night about the issue because all were out responding to accidents on county roads.

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