Flooded & Icy Roads

flooding-lkwd-300x229Many roads in Lapeer County today are flooded and/or icy. Please take extra caution when traveling today. Do not attempt to drive through a flooded roadway.

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. More than half of all flood related deaths result from vehicles being swept downstream. Of these, many are preventable.

Q: What can I do to avoid getting caught is this situation?

Follow these safety rules:

  • Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
  • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don’t Drown
  • Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don’t Drown
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Find out more about Turn Around, Don’t Drown

Lapeer County Switches to Digital

logoAfter several years of work, Lapeer County Central Dispatch switched from an analog radio system to a digital radio system at 12:05pm on December 18, 2012.

We have doubled the amount of radio towers we use from three to six. We now have sites in Almont Village, Metamora Village, Imlay City, Lapeer City, Burnside Township and Deerfield Township. We absorbed the State of Michigan’s Deerfield site into our simulcast as part of the project.

The analog system had ten frequencies and two of them were dedicated for data usage while the remaining eight were left for voice channels in the trunking system. The new digital system now has fourteen frequencies allotted for voice. Data is no longer used since we changed to a cellular configuration earlier in the year for police in-car computers.

Also, the analog system had a total of 72 talkgroups and through some changes in setups, the digital system has a total of 74 talkgroups available to the various Lapeer County users plus a plethora of neighboring county and state talkgroups.

Lapeer County users are among the first in the state to be ready and capable of utilizing 700MHz frequencies should they become available in the area. Our radios are already programmed for it which means if that time comes, we shouldn’t have to make a fleet-wide change to accommodate it.

We contracted with Motorola Solutions for 95% county-wide coverage on a 3-watt portable radio. Due to FAA regulations at the Metamora site, we had to reduce the tower height by 80 feet which put our coverage projections to 94.96% coverage. Once we completed actual coverage tests earlier this month, we ended up with an amazing 99.89% coverage throughout the county. That includes attenuating the test radios at -15db to simulate in-building coverage in the city/village areas of the county. The rest of the county had the test radio set to be attenuated at -6db to simulate vegetation on the trees.

On the day of the system cut-over, at about 9:00am we began processes of shutting down half of the analog system, moving feed lines and other things at the MPSCS Deerfield site and then turning on half of the channels in the new system. Then the MPSCS began enabling all of our new talkgroups on our towers and surrounding towers. By about 10:30am we began moving users over to the digital system. Once roll call radio checks and pager tests were complete, we finished the cut-over process by turning off the remaining channels of the analog system and turned on the remaining channels in the new system. By 12:05pm the analog system was completely shutdown and all users were operating on the new system.

We are still operating on our old paging system due to licensing issues with the FCC and Canadian Coordination for our VHF frequency. The FCC has granted us a time waiver for the narrowbanding requirement that we must meet. The old paging system is incapable of being narrowbanded. Once we get a license for the new paging system and turn it on, we will be in compliance as that system is already narrowbanded to 12.5KHz.

Serious Injury Traffic Crash

On Friday 10-26-2012 at 7:02 PM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a serious injury traffic crash on Hunters Creek Road to the west of Fairgrounds Road in Imlay City (Imlay Township).

KELLY CUSSON age 38 from Imlay City was traveling east on Hunters Creek Road driving a 2000 Ford Explorer. KELLY CUSSON’S vehicle lost control and entered a clock-wise rotation while departing the south side of the roadway. The vehicle impacted a tree near the driver’s side door.

Imlay City Fire Department and Almont Fire Department utilizing extrication tools freed KELLY CUSSON from her vehicle. KELLY CUSSON was transported from the scene by Flight Care Medical helicopter to Hurley Medical Center in Flint. KELLY CUSSON is listed in serious/critical condition.

KELLY CUSSON’S 10 year old daughter MEGENA CUSSON from Imlay City was a front seat passenger. MEGENA CUSSON was transported by Lapeer County EMS Ambulance Service to McLaren- Lapeer Region with non-life threatening injuries.

The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Imlay City Police Department, Imlay City Fire and Rescue, Almont Fire Department,and Paul’s Collision/Towing in Almont.

The roadway was closed for approximately 2 ½ hours for rescue and investigative purposes. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this traffic crash that remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.

Fatal Traffic Crash

On Friday 10-26-2012 at 10:56 AM, Lapeer County Sheriffs Deputies responded to an injury traffic crash involving a passenger car and semi on Van Dyke (M-53) south of Bowers Road in Imlay City (Imlay Township).

Lapeer County Sheriffs Deputy William Osborne arrived at 10:58 AM. A fire erupted within the occupied passenger car and unoccupied semi tractor. The fierce fire could not be contained by Deputy Osborne and Imlay City Police Officer Joe Deluca prior to Imlay City Fire and Rescue arriving. The driver and lone occupant of the passenger vehicle ERIC EASTERLING was pronounced deceased at the scene.

EASTERLING was traveling north on Van Dyke operating a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix. EASTERLING approached a vehicle traveling in the same direction that was slowing/stopping upon the roadway preparing for a left turn. EASTERLING passed the turning vehicle on the right traveling upon the gravel roadway shoulder. Upon reentering the traveled portion of the roadway, EASTERLING lost control and his vehicle entered a counter-clockwise rotation.

EASTERLING’S vehicle crossed the centerline into the south bound lane in front of a 1999 Volvo Semi operated by RONALD HAAG age 53 from Minden City. The collision was broadside with the front of the semi contacting the passenger side of the car. Vehicles remained attached and entered the west side ditch coming to rest. HAAG exited his tractor before the fire erupted. HAGG was not injured and declined medical treatment.

The Lapeer County Sheriff s Office was assisted at the scene by Imlay City Police Department, Michigan State Police Troopers and Motor Carriers, Goodland Township Fire, Imlay City Fire and Rescue, and Young’s Environmental Service. Van Dyke was reopened for normal vehicular traffic around 2:30 PM.

Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to be factors in this fatal traffic crash which remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff s Office.

Metamora Tower Completed at 370′

The Metamora tower is now complete at 370′ tall. E.R.S. will now be adding the rest of the antenna’s and microwave dishes in the next few days. Blumerich Communications will be moving radio equipment into the shelter next week in preparation of installing and wiring.

240′ Up at the #Metamora Tower

On August 30th, E.R.S. brought the tower up to approximately 240′, on it’s way to 370′. At this height and up, they need to use a gin-pole to winch the segments up to the top as a crane is now too short to continue the upward climb.

DTE Energy Brings Power to Metamora

Detroit Edison energized the Metamora tower site today allowing E.R.S. & Motorola to continue stacking the new tower past 200′ in compliance with FAA regulations. E.R.S. is continuing to assemble the tower and tower lights as well as wire up the shelter with the generator and electronics.

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