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      Frigid weather causes busy days for 911 dispatchers

      Grand Traverse 911 dispatch had received 16 calls of car crashes by 12:30 this afternoon.

      The winter storm has also meant a busy few days for Grand Traverse 911 dispatchers.

      Since Saturday night, they have fielded nearly 85 traffic related calls - ranging from crashes to cars stuck in ditches and driveways. On Monday, dispatchers got 20 calls regarding car crashes. But 12:30 this afternoon, they had already responded to 16 crash calls.

      Grand Traverse County dispatchers are encouraging people to use their Grand Traverse 911 Facebook page as a resource before heading out into wintery conditions.

      On the page, they post up-to-date information on developing traffic-related issues, road closures and emergency weather situations.