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Published February 28, 2012, 11:03 PM

Cass County Sheriff sets up Tactical Operations Center

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The North Dakota DOT is tonight advising no travel from Fargo to the South Dakota border, and authorities have closed I-29 from Watertown, South Dakota to the North Dakota border. With the storm moving north law enforcement is gearing up for what could be a busy night on the roads.

The North Dakota DOT is tonight advising no travel from Fargo to the South Dakota border, and authorities have closed I-29 from Watertown, South Dakota to the North Dakota border. With the storm moving north law enforcement is gearing up for what could be a busy night on the roads.

All of this has provoked the Cass County Sheriff's Office to open up its Tactical Operation's Center here in West Fargo, the very same one that worked 41 straight-days during last year's flood.

Sheriff Paul Laney – Cass County: “Once the visibility becomes next to nothing and the winds pick up, snow starts coming in, that's when issues will start coming in and rather than chase it, I believe in being in control of it.”

The Tactical Operations Center will be staffed with a command officer and a call taker at all times. Both the Cass County Highway Department and the Highway Patrol will have supervisors here. Cass County Deputies will be stationed throughout the county and dispatched as needed.

Sheriff Paul Laney: “It allows us to command and control our resources. We know where our people are at, we know where they are at at all times. It just makes things very smooth and very efficient.”

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney says the TOC was set up in less than an hour and will become much busier around 5 a.m. The Center will continue to operate until the storm, and the danger subsides.

Sheriff Laney: Once things ramp down and the roads are clear, we'll flip the light switch off and go back to normal operations.

There will also be Cass County deputies stationed in Casselton so they can reach all parts of the county quickly. Make sure to stay tuned to WDAY.com and WDAY'S First News for the latest weather information, cancellations and closings. We'll have live reports all morning with the very latest on what this storm is doing.

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