December 6, 2013

Winter weather prompts Fallin to issue state of emergency in Oklahoma

James Bright, Managing Editor,
The Express-Star


Winter weather tore through Grady County and Oklahoma  as a whole yesterday, and cold temperatures are expected to linger through Monday.

Chickasha Police Chief Eddie Adamson said accidents in the city limits became too plentiful by yesterday afternoon for the officers to respond to all of them. 

"Due to the weather and the serious incidents needing to be dealt with, we are having to prioritize activities of the officers," Adamson said yesterday afternoon. "Until road conditions improve and the number of minor accidents on the roadways in Chickasha decrease, officers will only be working injury accidents. If it is only property damage and the vehicles can be moved off the roadways, drivers should exchange information. If the vehicles cannot be removed from the roadways officers will standby until the roads are clear but will only complete an accident report if injuries are reported. We will send out an update as soon as we go back to normal operations We appreciate the public’s cooperation and understanding as we deal with the winter hazards that are in the area."

Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in all 77 Oklahoma counties yesterday due to the ice and snow.

"Because the weather event is expected to include prolonged sub-freezing temperatures, dangerous road conditions and power outages, emergency management authorities recommended issuing this declaration before the full brunt of the storm arrives," a release from the governor stated.

Fallin warned Oklahomans to stay off the roads if at all possible.

“The weather is bad and getting worse,” said Fallin. “Emergency personnel are coordinating with state and local officials to ensure we are prepared and ready for whatever comes our way.” 

Fallin’s Executive Order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. It is also a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.