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Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 12/19/2009

Pr. George's declares emergency

By Robert Pierre

Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson this afternoon declared a state of emergency and asked that residents stay off the road and at home at least until Sunday.

“We have too many people on the highway,” he said in an interview. “I was flabbergastered by the amount of people on the highways. We have declared an emergency. People are not to be on the road. The police will be turning them back. It’s requiring too much of our public safety services. We want to focus on people who need to go to the hospital. People are not to leave home. No matter where they are, we are going to have them go back. The conditions are too awful. We are spending too much of our energy assisting folks who should not be out there.”

Johnson said that trucks are still struggling to plow primary roads, and likely would not start plowing neighborhoods until Monday.

By Robert Pierre  | December 19, 2009; 11:57 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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Fool you know we got 4 WHEEL DRIVE

Posted by: pgchustla | December 19, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

pgchustla, you sound like a Marylander. I was behind a 4wd vehicle last night when it almost skidded off the road. They do get better traction, but their drivers feel like they're immune to the laws of physics unless they have the kind of experience driving in this weather that you can't get around here. I'll bet that a LOT of the stranded vehicles today have 4wd.

Posted by: pundito | December 19, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Where's your Global Warming now, Mr. Gore?


Posted by: MikeLicht | December 19, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The real fool is the one who thinks he should be on the road just because he has four wheel drive. I saw lots of stranded 4WD vehicles on the interstates down here in Asheville, NC last night during the middle of the storm.

Posted by: rjacobs1 | December 19, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

So, this idiot is basically putting everyone under house arrest and declaring martial law. PG would be the only county in Maryland to declare an "emergency."

Posted by: one4all | December 19, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

one-4all's comments are quite silly. People are free to walk or X-country ski so this is hardly house arrest. Ordering people off the road is necessary if police are wasting time--its like closing the beach during a storm. Do your Christmas shopping online if you can't wait until tomorrow. I'm sure if you need to get to assist your elderly parents etc. the police will give you a pass.

Posted by: jimtitus1 | December 19, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

JJ is an hysterical idiot. Only in PG.

But even the county police official announcement says they are only "asking" and "recommending" only that people stay off the roads. But JJ demands--as though it is martial law. What a knucklehead!

As if inadequate snow removal by public agencies is somehow the fault of the motoring public. How ridiculous.

Once again, our county is embarrassed by its leadership .

Posted by: PG_Voter | December 19, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

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