Emergency management official advises: Travel discouraged

March 15, 2019

Travel continues to be discouraged, an emergency management official says in a press release Thursday morning.

Tim Newman, Region 22 Emergency Management director, said that many vehicles have become stuck in roadways and even some city equipment is stuck. He advised that the City of Scottsbluff’s personnel will not be assisting with removal of vehicles.

Crews will concentrate on snow removal along the designated snow routes, the emergency routes and then work on secondary routes.

List of snow routes in Scottsbluff, Gering, Terrytown

Patience is requested due to the sheer amounts of snow to be removed, he said.

All state highways in Scotts Bluff and Banner counties remain closed. State plows are operational this morning. County plows are also beginning to work this morning.

Due to the combination of blizzard and flood conditions, and accessibility of many roadways across the state, Nebraska Public Power District’s response to power outages will be limited.

Nebraska Public Power District has also issued an advisory that response to power outages will be limited.

In a press release, NPPD said crews are currently limited in responding to outages due to blizzard conditions in the western Panhandle of the state while the eastern half of the state crews are dealing with closed roadways due to flooding conditions. Restoration efforts will continue but under the current conditions will be difficult for crews to reach many areas in a timely manner, and those customers affected should remain patient.

If you have an NPPD power outage, please utilize NPPD’s mobile application or automated telephone system (877-ASK-NPPD or 877-275-6773) to record your NPPD power outage.

— The City of Alliance advises that crews are working diligently to clear streets. Large snow drifts between 5 and 7 feet are widespread throughout the community. There is a layer of ice beneath the snow making removal much more difficult. Due to these conditions there are numerous vehicles stranded throughout the community compounding the problem. Clear access is required to allow plows and emergency equipment to do their jobs. At this point in time, the best thing citizens can do is to stay home and wait for city crews to clear the streets.

The Alliance Electric Department is aware of isolated outages and are addressing them as quickly as possible.