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Departments working hard on cleanup

Friday, February 4, 2011

A large tree in the central area of Forest Park was one of many victims of the ice storm that pelted Clay County this week. Park Superintendent Bill Houck told The Brazil Times he and his fellow employees have been working through the elements to take care of broken limbs and more. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Local residents are digging their way out from under the ice dumped onto Clay County by the recent winter storm, but officials still urge people to use caution.

On Friday, the streets in Brazil were once again buzzing with motorists.

"We've been out there every day," Brazil City Street Department Superintendent Mike Head told The Brazil Times.

Head said the department has two trucks outfitted for winter use.

"Our trucks have been putting down salt and sand on the roads since Tuesday," he said. "We worked pretty much around the clock (Tuesday)."

City workers also spent a lot of time removing tree limbs that fell during ice storm.

"There were tree limbs down everywhere," Head said. "And there's still a bunch out there."

Workers also had the cold duty of breaking the ice away from storm sewers along city streets to ensure the melting snow and ice would properly drain off and not cause more problems.

Dealing with so much snow and ice this winter, Head said the department is currently out of salt, and starting to run low on salt/sand mixture.

"We're not going to get anymore salt this season," Head said, but confirmed the department would be placing an order next week to help solve that problem.

According to Head, "I-mix" is a mixture of sand and calcium chloride used in place of salt or salt/sand mixtures for snow/ice removal.

"(The order) will probably arrive by Wednesday, right before the next snow is expected to arrive," Head said. "Our goal is to make sure the streets are safe."

As for the condition of Clay County, officials are optimistic.

"It's getting better out there," Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband said about the condition around the county Friday afternoon. "But it is still slippery. People need to use common sense when traveling."

With the recent foul weather, Husband hopes people will also remember to be good neighbors.

"My only suggestion to people getting out right now after being stuck at home this week would be to check in on your neighbors. People need to try and help each other out right now," Husband said. "Some people, especially the elderly and those battling illness, can't get out to get what they need, such as groceries and medication. We all need to be good neighbors right now."

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Proud of the men and women who spent long, cold and sometimes frustrating days and nights to get us all through this mess!!

-- Posted by RickS on Sat, Feb 5, 2011, at 12:30 AM

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