Eau Claire police, sheriff’s officials get hundreds of weather calls Tuesday night

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – Road conditions still aren’t ideal, but they are much better than Tuesday night.

During the recent snow storm, Eau Claire Police (ECPD) told News 18 they responded to 11 crashes and 60 vehicle assists, and the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s department responded to 32 crashes and slide-ins. Police said their dispatch center answered 300 calls just between 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers also said many cars got stuck on the State Street hill, resulting in the hill being closed temporarily to safely get everyone off it and allow plow crews to clear it up. They also said nearly any hill around town, even on-ramps were giving drivers grief.

“If you have one of those vehicles that’s maybe just front-wheel drive, you don’t have four-wheel drive and it’s difficult for you to get up these hills, especially when they’re slippery, maybe take an alternate route so that you can avoid some of these hills,” said Deputy Chief Chad Hoyord, with ECPD.

Hoyord also said they’re prepared for similar issues Thursday with even more snow headed our way. He added  drivers should be prepared as well, by taking it slow.

Samantha Wensel

Samantha Wensel

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