Released by AAA Tuesday morning:
At 11 a.m. this morning, AAA had received about 120 calls for service this morning. Of those, 33 were in the Wichita area, 40 in the Topeka area, 24 in Lawrence.
Clearly, most people have heeded the advice of emergency management officials and others to not venture out as much as occurred last Thursday during the first big storm.
Emergency incidents have been noticeably fewer, with most of our Roadside Rescue Team challenges occurring on side streets and rural areas where it has been difficult to get our Roadside Rescue Team to people safely on unplowed roads. For example, most of the challenging calls in the Topeka area have come from around Wakarusa, Tecumseh or Auburn.
In Wichita, most of the challenging calls have come from the Goddard, Colwich, Derby and Rose Hill areas. Nevertheless, our response times are under an hour in Wichita, near normal in Topeka and Lawrence. These are the three busiest areas.
Half of our calls for service this morning have been for vehicles either slid off the road or stuck, requiring winch-outs. Thirty to forty percent of the calls have required tows for similar reasons and the rest of the issues have either been for key lock-outs, tire changes or jump starts.