Deschutes County plea: Stay home, off the roads

some roads impassable; emergency tips offered

POSTED: 10:49 AM PST February 8, 2014    UPDATED: 5:24 PM PST February 8, 2014 
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BEND, Ore. -

Heavy snowfall has blanketed all of Deschutes County leading to hazardous driving conditions.  Some roadways are impassable for most vehicles.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office encourages residents to forgo travel plans and stay off the roadways.  Please allow road crews to get the roads clear to ensure safe travel.

City, county and state road crews are diligently working to clear roadways and ensure safe travel.  Due to the amount of snowfall and potential for additional snowfall, it will be some time before all roadways are clear.  Plows and sanders must clear main roads before residential streets.

Emergency Services (law enforcement, fire, and EMS) are prepared to respond to emergencies and have enacted contingency plans to ensure response.  Road conditions may slow the response, but we will respond to emergencies.  Deschutes County is coordinating with all local cities and emergency responders to ensure that critical services are being provided.

Deschutes County Emergency Management offers the following tips for winter storms: