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During this unusual weather, Marion County Sheriff's have made sure that Salem Hospital's critical staff gets to work. On Thursday, it became obvious that Salem and the surrounding area wasn't the safest place to drive. By Friday night, officials ordered all vehicles traveling in Salem to use chains or traction tires.

When Salem residents unaccustomed to snow go out, accidents go up! All the more reason doctors, nurses and critical staff is needed at our local hospitals. The Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team mobilized its Jeep Patrol to make sure residents have help at Salem Hospital when they need it.

More snow info:

Many people have been without basic necessities, are running low on food and have other needs. However, the Department of Transportation and Oregon State Police say it is still very dangerous to venture out. Portland General Electric is still working at restoring the power to almost 900 Marion County residents.

As tempting as it is to go out and see the city covered in snow, it's best to stay home unless you have an emergency. The snow should be gone in a few more days. For those with flooding concerns from the melt off, sandbags are available at City Shops, 1410 20th St. SE in Salem.

Information about major roads being plowed, sandbags and more is available at The Statesman Journal.

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