Glade Valley and the entire region continue to suffer the costs and burdens of the historic blizzard that dumped 35 inches of snow in Walkersville. Many neighborhoods in the county have not seen snow plows, at all. Frederick County, The City of Frederick, and Frederick County Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Walkersville crews and contractors have been hard at work trying to make all of its roads accessible. The Town of Walkersville thanked residents for their continued patience as the community continues to dig out from this record breaking storm.
Monday morning added another challenge for town staff. A water main break on Glade Boulevard forced the diversion of labor from plowing. A statement from the Town of Walkersville stated, “When it is repaired, snow removal will again resume.”
Frederick County Government offices and facilities, including courts, Transit Services, the landfill and public libraries, will be closed on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, as recovery efforts related to Winter Storm Jonas continue. In addition, all parks and recreation programs have been cancelled. A State of Emergency remains in effect, both locally and across the state.
“I continue to urge residents to stay off roads and work from home if possible so we can finish opening roads,” County Executive Jan Gardner said Monday.
“Crews have made good progress clearing primary roads, but many secondary and smaller roads have only one passable lane. Some residential neighborhoods particularly in the Jefferson and Urbana districts and east and north to Md. 26 have not yet been dug out due to deep snow and drifting that is requiring heavy equipment to literally dig out and haul out the snow.”
County Executive Gardner encourages businesses and the major employers in Frederick County to stay closed tomorrow or allow residents to telecommute. Some of their employees may not be able to get out of their neighborhoods to get to work. Extra caution should be taken, as roads will refreeze overnight and black ice may be on roadways.
“I commend our snow removal personnel for working many hours to dig us out of this record-setting blizzard. I thank all our public safety and emergency management staff for their coordination of recovery efforts for our citizens,” County Executive Gardner said.
Governor Larry Hogan continues to direct all state agencies in a coordinated effort to keep Marylanders safe and informed in the aftermath of the recent historic winter storm. The state response and recovery efforts are well underway and the governor is urging Marylanders to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary, and to be patient as crews work diligently to clear roads.
The state of emergency enacted by Governor Hogan last Friday remains in effect and will remain in effect until further notice is provided. The executive order signed by the governor continues to allow the Maryland National Guard to assist law enforcement and local communities across the state.
“I want to thank the thousands of dedicated state employees, members of law enforcement, National Guard, emergency first responders, highway workers, as well as our local governments and officials, utilities and line workers, and the countless volunteers who have been working around the clock in response to this historic winter storm,” said Governor Hogan. “I ask that Marylanders continue to be cautious, safe, and be on the roads as little as possible. Local authorities particularly, will need time to dig out from this storm, and clear local and neighborhood roads.”