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February 25, 2013

Numerous state highways closed to travel

DUNCAN — While Stephens County still remains safe in terms of travel, with only rainfall occurring this morning, several state highways are already closed and travel to the northwest regions is not advised.

The following information has been released by various public safety departments.

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has been advised by Texas DPS Headquarters in Childress of the following road closure:

* I-40 is virtually shut down from Amarillo east to the Oklahoma state line. They are advising that with the current extreme weather, the Texas Department of Transportation is not attempting to clear roadways at this time.

Motorists are asked to avoid travel in or near this area. Oklahoma DPS will continue to monitor roadways and release updated information as conditions change.

Verified through the Texas DPS HQ and released by Jeff Lewis with the Clinton OHP troop, in Childress that I-40 is virtually shut down from Amarillo east to the Oklahoma state line.

Accidents are already happening, which is an additional problem that public safety officers are dealing with.

Kansas Department of Transportation is also sending out road closing advisories, and has shut down U.S. Highway 54 in Liberal, in conjunction with DOT roads at U.S. Highway 412 (Bousep Junction -U.S. 281) at Woodward, U.S. Hwy 54 at Texhoma and the state line, U.S. Hwy 64 and Hooker and all roads around Guymon, as of 8:25 a.m. today.

Contact information for Troop I HQ is 580-338-3366, Lt. Burrows.

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