(David Roscher/Marshall Police Department)
"They will run today (Friday), tomorrow and into Sunday," Stallings said. "We ask people to be patient as our road crews are trying to get around that as fast as they can."
Several businesses and organizations remained closed Friday, including all area-schools, the city and county offices, the Marshall Public Library and the Salt Fork YMCA.
Maj. David Roscher, assistant chief of the Marshall Police Department, said through mid-afternoon Thursday there were no reports of injury accidents in town, but officers responded to many cases of minor accidents and stuck vehicles.
The two most difficult situations both involved tractor-trailer rigs, one of which rolled on its side off southbound U.S. 65 near Fitzgibbon Hospital, and another which got stuck trying to make a turn at U.S. 65 and state Highway 20.
Roscher said city street crews are working hard to clear city streets, and he urged residents to stay home Friday if they do not have to travel.
Police officers continue to respond to stranded vehicles and are helping clear vehicles from emergency snow route streets. The department has made good use of its Humvee, he said. The high-center-of-gravity vehicle is able to get through deep snow more easily than most squad cars.
"If it comes off your property it stays on your property -- that's just the way it works," Latimer said. "Our guys are working as hard as they can and it makes it more difficult for them when people dump the snow back on the street."
Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day said the department did not receive calls for any major fires, but warned residents to keep an eye on electric heaters and fireplaces as those can pose a great risk.
"When it gets like this, most people are home, so they are paying attention to the heaters and whatnot," Day said. "But it's usually the day after, when people leave their houses unattended, that we start getting the calls. Just be careful with those."
"If you don't have to get out, stay home," Day said. "Most everything is closed anyway. If you go outside, be careful walking on the streets, and pace yourself to prevent exhaustion. People driving also need to be extra careful and watch out for pedestrians."
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