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Bracing for Another Blast of Winter

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

There is still no snow out here just yet, but it could be right around the corner. As people found themselves in the cold temperatures, it was a quick turn around to prepare for winter all over again.

The salt is still piled high at the Perry County garage.

Transportation Supervisor Claude Cooper says, "We've been preparing to go back to the winter snow and ice operations and be on the safe side. We are prepared 100%. We're going to take it as serious as one in January."

Cooper says the Highway Department's trucks were already switched over for Spring before the cold weather arrived. But now all those trucks geared up for winter again, filled with salt, and ready for the call to hit the roads. But not everyone was so prepared.

"I actually, I knew where my jacket was, but I thought I wouldn't need it as soon as I did," says Hazard officer Paul Campbell. He misplaced his jacket, and like many people, figured temperature would not dip so low. The freezing temperatures could also have an effect on plants.

"It's coming early enough in the season that it's hopefully not going to cause us a whole lot of problems," says Charles May, Community Extension Agent.

May says it is a good idea to bring plants inside from the cold or cover trees and plants outside.

"You need to try and take something and get it all the way to the ground, so you're trapping the heat from the ground. And that's what's going to buy you a couple, three degrees," says May.

May expects there will be little damage, if temperatures stay in the mid to upper 20s.

"It may be harder on us humans than it is on the plants!" says May.

Highway officials are on call waiting for the first flakes to fall.


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