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Whitman County Officials Declare State of Emergency

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COLFAX - Whitman County Commissioners Declare State of Emergency for County Operations Effective January 5th through Friday, January 9th due to severe weather conditions. 

Travel and road conditions throughout the region, roof and structural problems caused by heavy snow pack on many county buildings, and the general safety of county employees are the concerns and reasons for the State of Emergency.

General county business and courthouse operations will be closed for Tuesday, January 6th.  Only essential personnel are required to come to work that day.

Additionally, the Whitman County Sheriff urges all county citizens and motorists to use extra caution as they travel on county and state roads during the next several days, as conditions are not expected to improve till later in the week.  Those traveling should plan on delays, detours, and road closures throughout the count and prepare for longer than average commutes.  Several county and state roads have been closed for length periods of time, and many remain nearly impassable at this time primarily due to drifting and whiteout conditions.

Residents are encourage to limit travel on area roadways for emergency purposes only for the next 24 hours, while state and county road crews work to make roadway safe and passable.

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