Snow, deep freeze makes conditions life-threatening

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Drifting snow on Occidental Hwy. (above) in Raisin Township made for hazardous driving on Monday, Jan. 6, following a 12-inch snowfall. On Tuesday, temperatures dipped to a low of -16 degrees.

A heavy snowfall, plummeting temperatures and strong winds combined to make life-threatening conditions in Tecumseh and across southeast Michigan that started on Sunday, Jan. 5.

The City of Tecumseh announced a Snow Emergency over the weekend, requiring that all vehicles be removed from streets, and by Monday schools and many businesses were closed, mail delivery was curtailed and U.S. 12, from Clinton to Saline, was closed to traffic.

The record-setting temperatures dipped to a minus 16 degrees Monday night after snow had reached an accumulation of nine inches, as recorded at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

For Tim Bock, street superintendent, and a crew of eight from his department and the city’s wastewater treatment plant, “It was just another day,” he said.

Trucks rolled out at 5 a.m. on Monday to clear streets and battle drifting snow, particularly on areas of Rogers Hwy., Russell Road, Macon Hwy., and N. Evans Street.

“People adhered to the snow emergency pretty well,” he said.

Bock also gave credit to those who live downtown, many of whom parked their vehicles together in groups which helped in clearing the four downtown parking lots.

Crews finished the day Monday around 4:30 p.m. The city maintains streets with four plow trucks, three pickup trucks and one loader.

Salt was spread on roads, with heavier amounts at the intersections of major streets, according to Bock. Seven hundred tons have been used so far this year with 300 tons left in city storage. Another 300 has been ordered to restock supplies. “We’re in good shape,” Bock said.

Tecumseh  Police Chief Troy Stern said there were no major incidents reported during the storm. The department lifted the Snow Emergency on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

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