By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)——————————With the current winter storm and snow tapering off later on today and another potential heavier winter storm on the way, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office stands ready to assist the citizens we serve.
“The biggest issues we have seen this morning has been some traffic accidents, including some involving overturned vehicles,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “Even though vehicles are able to get some traction in the snow, the Sheriff’s Office is advising motorists that if they don’t have to travel, please stay home, but if they do, please use extreme caution.”
“If anyone is in need of law enforcement assistance in the county, please contact the Sheriff’s Office and we will respond to those calls,” says the Sheriff. “The Sheriff’s Office has our deputies and dispatchers working their normal shifts and we are ready to respond and assist our citizens. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 and assistance will be there.”
With the current Winter Weather Advisory expiring at noon and a Winter Storm Watch going into effect at 6pm tomorrow evening, the Sheriff’s Office has been and will be making preparations for normal law enforcement operations during these winter events.
“The Sheriff’s Office has been and will be making the necessary preparations to deal with the possibility of some significant snow that is being forecasted right now,” continues the Sheriff. “That will include putting snow tires and/or chains on our patrol vehicles, utilizing our four-wheel drive vehicles that we have, and making sure that essential personnel make it to work. Regardless, our routine law enforcement operations will go on as normal.”