States of Emergency and Travel Advisories: Feb 4-5, 2014

By Conor Mooney
By Haley Burton

States of Emergency and Travel Advisories: Feb 4-5, 2014

February 5, 2014 Updated Feb 5, 2014 at 7:57 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Several counties and municipalities have issued state of emergencies and travel restrictions.

Broome County

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston has declared a State of Emergency for the entire county effective until 11:00 AM.

The County Executive and Sheriff David Harder are issuing emergency orders and travelers advisories for no unnecessary travel with only essential employees allowed on roads in Broome County for example, medical and health care employees, public works and public safety employees, etc.

"People that don't really need to be should not be out," said Sheriff Harder - R, "If you have to go to work, go to work. You're not going to be charged with any crime or anything else. And the reason to that is to keep the roads clear so that the snow removal people can do their job without traffic interfering them."

Broome County advises that when a State of Emergency order says "no unnecessary travel" a person would not be ticketed if their employer required them to come to work. That is different from a "no travel" order which would be enforced.

"The important thing with the state of emergency is to listen to it carefully and see what grade of emergency it is," Harder said, "Whether it's a full state of emergency where you can't move at all or it just tells you no unneccesary travel."

BC Country Rural Service is Cancelled
#3 Park Ave- no service to Ross Park Zoo area, limited service on S. Wash.
#47 Vestal - no service on Jensen, Burris, Rano (Behind Target)
#7, #17 No service on Glenwood Rd, BOCES, BDC, Legacy Bay
#28 No service to GBHC
#35W No service on Center St, N Willis. Using Beckwith both directions.

Delaware County
The road closure for Delaware County will be lifted at effective 2 p.m. Wednesday. Even though roads will be open at 2 p.m. a travel advisory remains in effect and all unnecessary travel is discouraged through 11 p.m Wednesday.

Chenango County
Chenango County has extended the Travel Advisory until 5 p.m. Tuesday. Due to poor road conditions across the County, travel is not recommended.

All state, county and local highway crews are working to clear the roads. Citizens are asked to remove all parked and abandoned vehicles from the roadways to allow the highway crews to properly clear the roadways.

City of Oneonta
Travel advisory in effect, which means no unnecessary travel in the city of Oneonta.

The no parking ordinance is in effect which means no parking is permitted on city streets until roadways can be cleared.

During the early morning hours Wednesday, cars parked on city streets were ticketed and towed. Information on retrieving vehicles may be received by calling City Police at (607) 432-1111.

City parking lots are open and regulations have been suspended through 8 a.m. Thursday.

Oneonta public transit buses are operating on a limited schedule. For more information, call 432-7100.

City Hall will be open for business after 10 a.m. Wednesday. Employees should report to work by that time.

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