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Clay County recovering after snow storm

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sheriff Mike Heaton
County officials were working to remove snow left behind following a weekend snow storm that hit Clay County and central Indiana Tuesday.

Clay County Highway Department Supervisor Brad Stultz said snow removal across the county is "going slow" but progressing.

"We are getting ahead of it for the first time," Stultz said.

He added the county had crews in each township and on main roads crews were working to have at least one lane of traffic open for motorists. Also, Stultz said crews were hoping to put down a sand, salt and calcium chloride mixture on some main routes for traction control.

"It should begin to start melting some of (the snow)," Stultz said.

Despite the progress, Stultz said the department was still advising motorists to consider whether travel is necessary before heading out on Tuesday.

"We can continue to remove snow without slide offs and people in the way," Stultz said. "If (residents) don't have to travel, we advise they don't."

Stultz said crews were "running full time" over the last few days. All available plow trucks were on duty as well as heavy equipment. He added crews had to use back hoes to dig motorists out of some of the larger drifts. He said some drifts were up to 8-feet in some areas. In addition, with the heavy snow a number of trees were reported to have fallen and crews had to cut them up before continuing to plow streets.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said a fewer number of people were on the roads Tuesday and the winds died down which allowed for the county highway department to really "gain ground" on the roads.

"It is not drifting anymore," Heaton said.

He added that a number of county roads were "impassable" due to the snow drifts. The issue would be once a road was cleared it would drift close again shortly after.

Heaton said the sheriff's department received a number of calls of vehicles stranded in the snow and vehicle slide offs over the weekend. As the storm passed, he said efforts shifted to removing abandoned cars on roadways to allow county highway an opportunity to open roads up.

In addition, the storm caused a number of Hoosiers to be without power including some individuals throughout the county. Heaton said areas such as Bowling Green and Center Point reported loss of power.

As of 10:30 a.m., Monday morning, the Duke Energy website had reported 181 outages across the county. The website stated among the hardest hit areas in the state were Terre Haute, Kokomo, Bloomington, Martinsville, Greencastle, Avon, Carmel and Lafayette. Since then, according to the website, that number had been greatly reduced by Tuesday.

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I want to say that for the first time in many many years the county roads are in the best shape they have ever been during a snow storm. The trucks are out plowing and our road NEVER gets plowed but it has been plowed. The Rio Grande is a very heavily trafficked road and in the past was in horrible condition when we received snow. The trucks are keeping up the plowing and sanding and we can actually make it to SR 59 with little problem. I give credit to the two new commissioners and of course thank the employees. But employees need good management. Thank God we removed the dead weight from those positions!

-- Posted by sarichard730 on Wed, Jan 8, 2014, at 9:15 AM

Sarichard-you sound like you must be a relative of one or more of the two new commissioners. I'm glad to know that Rio Grande was clear but the rest of the county is a nightmare!

-- Posted by Lafin on Fri, Jan 10, 2014, at 8:08 AM

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