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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
A car that slid off the road on North Clinton Street is pushed back onto the street Monday. Allen County lifted travel restrictions Monday evening.

Drivers tend to stay off roads

Lutheran ER treats just 1 injury

As the wind chill dropped into the double digits below zero Monday, the roads – for the most part – emptied.

Throughout most of the area, many adhered to the travel warnings set up by counties and stayed off the roads.

With most businesses and government offices closed, there wasn’t really anywhere to go, anyway.

Fort Wayne Police reported a few slide-offs and accidents Monday but not in major numbers.

There were some traffic stops, but it was unclear if those people were stopped or ticketed for disobeying the ordinance that was to keep non-emergency travelers off the road.

In Steuben County, though, police warned residents that non-exempt motorists out and about who didn’t need to be were going to be ticketed beginning about 3 p.m. Monday.

And while the travel restrictions in Allen County were being lifted Monday evening, Huntington County extended its warning level travel status to 3 p.m. today.

That status called for people to refrain from travel, to cooperate with public officials and disaster services and to obey and comply with lawful directions of properly identified officers.

Essentially, if you’re not a part of medical assistance, law enforcement, fire department, emergency management, public utility or fuel-hauling vehicles, you shouldn’t be on the road.

A citation could cost up to $100.

Noble County also extended restricted travel until noon today.

And those who did go out on the road seemed to have been smart about things, at least by the looks of one local emergency room.

Lutheran Hospital reported only one minor weather-related injury – a frostbitten finger – that doctors treated Sunday.

People should remember that if they must travel, they should have extra warm clothes and a blanket as well as emergency supplies with them.

Meanwhile, most flights at Fort Wayne International Airport were canceled Monday as maintenance crews worked to keep runways clear.

“Our goal is to keep the runways clear so the airlines may operate their aircraft when they deem it is safe, not only from FWA, but other connecting hubs such as Chicago, Dallas, Detroit and Atlanta,” said Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports, in a statement.

The status of flights can change in an instant, airport officials said, and the traveling public should constantly check flights online at or with the airlines they’re using.