Potential For Hazardous Road Conditions This Weekend

Th Road Commission, is advising of potentially hazardous road conditions this weekend. The expected rain coming tonight through Saturday is going to turn gravel/back roads into sheets of ice.

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Here are the details:

  • In most places, the gravel roads ALREADY have 2” of ice on them (from the Christmas ice storm).
  • Plowing activities from the recent snowstorm, removed a lot of the snow on top of this ice.
  • It will not take much rain to wash away any remaining snow – turning them into ice skating rinks.
  • The rain is expected to start falling tonight around 9pm, increasing with intensity after midnight. It will continue throughout Saturday.
  • Our paved roads are still at freezing temperatures, therefore the rain falling on it, will not be melting – hence, they will be extremely icy as well.
  • We are hoping for a small amount of snow late Saturday into Sunday which should help with the icy conditions.
  • The Road Commission will have staff available for EMERGENCY SITUATIONS ONLY. Their trucks/equipment are JUST AS susceptible to icy roads as our personal vehicles.
  • They will only be assisting with LIFE SAFETY MEASURES (i.e. clearing/sanding roadways for an ambulance, police car or fire truck to get to a person’s home).

For your safety, if you don’t have to go out on Saturday, please don’t.

For questions, you can contact the Road Commission at 810-664-6272

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.

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