Crews clearing snow and ice off roads

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Road crews also report hazardous conditions in the Big Sandy region. Several inches of snow have fallen in that area.

Road crews in Pike County started working as soon as the first snowflake hit the ground Sunday afternoon. It only took an hour to cover roads. They say it surprised everyone.

"When it turned over, it really started whitening up fast," said snow plow driver Jayme Fleming.

It created dangerous conditions. Snow plow operators worked as fast as they could.

"The main routes are slick because it hit so fast, but we're trying our best," said Fleming.

They used several rounds of salt in just a few hours, but high elevations like Airport Road could not be cleared.

"There was a build up of ice and slush. I could not keep pushed off of it. It got real slick. It was slippery in this truck," said Fleming.

The quick falling snow stranded some.

"I live up in Dorton, and now I'm stranded here at work and can't get home," said Debbie Newsom.

Road crews say due to the mild winter they have plenty of salt, but advise everyone to stay where they are and off the roads.

"I would definitely stay inside unless it was an absolute emergency. It's pretty bad out," said Fleming.

Road and power crews are working around the clock, and say they will keep clearing until the snow is all gone.

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