Oriskany, N.Y. - Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol says despite the travel advisory issued by the county for people to avoid unnecessary travel during these blizzard conditions, he says an awful lot of vehicles have still been on the roadways and that has led to a large number of accidents.
Whiteout conditions popped up all over the region all day on Monday.
Maciol continued to get out the word of caution Monday afternoon, "We’re just pleading with people, if you don’t have to be somewhere, please do not go."
Maciol says this extended period of high winds is something he can't remember, "I’ve never seen it like that, I truly have not. It just didn’t stop. Certainly we're used to an occasional burst of wind now and then but this consistent wind has been going since last night."
Besides the people who venture out in these whiteout conditions, Maciol says he is also worried for the safety of first responders, "I worry about my people out there. I worry about the firefighters and first responders because they’re putting their their lives on the line to help other people."
Maciol says the county's 911 operators have been extremely busy since Sunday night, "Luckily with no school in session today we were able to redeploy all of our school resource officers. The ones that would normally be in the building, they too are out on patrol. Also with the court system closed we were able to redeploy our court deputies that are assigned to the court house so we were able to get enough cars on the street. I mean manpower, were doing really well, unfortunately the accidents just continue to keep coming in. I don’t have a number for you right now but it’s literally been one accident after another after another after another."
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