The following has been issued to us from Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike:
The no unnecessary travel is changed to an advisory at this time.
The county the past several hours received a snowfall between 12” to 18” depending on elevation hampering safe travel and due to the amount and heavy wetness to the snow has caused downed power lines, trees, tree limbs, and many vehicles sliding off the roads. Route 14 was closed for couple of hours due to two tractor-trailers and car accidents-blocking roadway. Yates County 911 had to call-in additional dispatchers and all first responder’s deputies-police-fire depts, OEM and EMS countywide handled numerous incident calls. Highway depts. plowing and NYSE&G responding to wires down were very busy.
One Coroner call in the Village of Penn Yan for a storm related incident of man out removing snow that had collapsed and ambulance took to S&S hospital where he died. One large tree down fell into the roof of a house in T/Jerusalem doing major damage. No one hurt.
Over 150 law enforcement assignments
Over 75 Fire Dept related and EMS calls dispatched Wires down in roads or causing fire incidents were predominantly the leading call for service.
Over 300 non-emergency phone calls to the dispatch center during the height of the storm this morning.
Dispatchers on duty were overloaded at times due to multiple incoming phone and radio calls. This travel advisory continues urging drivers that hazardous driving conditions may exist and to be aware of road conditions until storm subsides.
Highway Departments continue to plow roadways. Winds anticipated to continue and due to weight of snow may bring other wires or limbs down.
“I thank all police, fire and EMS first responders, 911 dispatchers, highway dept and municipal workers, wrecker services, volunteers, and NYSEG crews for all their responses and call handling,” said Sheriff Spike.