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ICE UNDERNEATH: Danger might lurk below snow

January 7, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY -- As road crews work to remove snow from the roads, county officials are reporting some icy conditions lurking underneath.

"I hate to be a doomsday-er, but I'm afraid that after we remove the snow, you're going to find the roads are ice-covered," said Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber. "I think the ice came just prior to the snow -- please think about that."

In Churubusco, subcontractors were called to bring heavy equipment in to assist with snow removal.

"We are going to throw everything we have at clearing roads today," Amber said. "Our priority will be what we call the major arteries."

Sub-zero temperatures won't be the only obstacle workers will be up against. Strong winds are still causing many roads to be snow-covered and drifting snow has made some rural roads impassable -- even after plowing.

"The wind is still strong," Amber said. "We're going to try to work with the wind and not against it."

Amber reminds residents to refrain from calling county highway departments and emergency personnel to find out the status of road conditions and plowing schedules.

"We really need the phone lines to call subcontractors to help us," said Amber. "This is not a case where we can use a pickup with a plow. The equipment we really need would be larger such as payloaders. Thank you for your cooperation."

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