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Letcher County road crews battle more than one foot of snow

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
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JENKINS, Ky. (WYMT) - The Letcher County town of Jenkins was Eastern Kentucky's winner in the latest round of snow.

Some folks in Jenkins - where the elevation reaches more than 1,500 feet - reported 14 inches of snow, making the jobs of road crews more difficult.

"Usually we don't have this much trouble," Letcher County assistant road foreman Chester Smith said. "But with this unusual snow where it's thawed and melted a little bit, it's gotten a whole lot slicker with the water running in. "It's hard to keep some of those trucks on the road, especially on some of these hillsides we work."

Jenkins city administrator Todd Depriest said, "Most of the time we get more, sometimes we dodge what other people get, but we got it this time."

Unlike many other counties, Letcher has a good supply of salt to treat the roads.

"We don't use a lot of salt," Judge Executive Jim Ward said. "We mix some salt in with our pea gravels or number eight gravels."

But county officials are concerned another snowstorm in the near future could cause even more problems for their salt trucks.

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