January 31, 2011 –
MAYETTA: The PBPN government offices and Health Center will be closed again tomorrow due to what the National Weather Service has predicted is a “very dangerous storm.” Anywhere from 9 to 12 inches is expected to fall on the reservation and will also be accompanied with 30 to 40 mile per hour (mph) winds and single digit temperatures.
Essential personnel for the Prairie Band will remain around the clock including Road & Bridge crews, Maintenance and Land workers, Tribal Police and Fire Department staff.
Mike Mills, PBPN’s Emergency Services Director, has been sending periodic forecasts from the National Weather Service to PBPN email users for the last two days warning about the storm’s potential impact. Television meteorologists in the Topeka area and northeast Kansas region have also been informing viewers to the hazardous weather conditions and are urging people to stay off the roads.
The freezing drizzle that fell today is expected to change to snow late tonight and continue tomorrow falling at a rate of 1 to 1.5 inches per hour. Wind gusts are also forecast anywhere from 20-40 mph that could create low visibility and white out conditions. Single digit temperatures will more than likely continue into Wednesday but the moisture is expected to end that day.
In case of an emergency call 911 or tribal dispatch at 966.3024.