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Sheriff: Please hold non-emergency calls, stay off roads

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WAUSAU PILOT AND REVIEW

Tuesday has been an exceptionally busy day for law enforcement thanks to heavy snow and difficult travel conditions, and the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department is urging residents to hold off on non-emergency calls until the storm ends.

“As of early this morning, the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office has handled well over 250 weather-related calls for service, with the majority involving vehicle crashes and or/slide-ins,” officials said, in a Facebook post. “With more snow expected into the evening hours, the Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone with a non-emergency call for service please wait until tomorrow morning to phone our office.”

Residents who do have a high priority call, an emergency or need immediate assistance shouldn’t hesitate to call 911.

“We are also asking everyone to stay off of the roadways unless travel is absolutely necessary,” officials said. “The Marathon County Highway Dept. is doing the best that they can with snow removal but with the amount of snow that has fallen and with the amount that is forecast for the evening it is extremely difficult to keep up with. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

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