County Highway Officials Continue To Clear Roads After Winter Storm

December 28, 2004 -- Posted at 9:00 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- Remnants from last weeks blast from ol' man winter can still be seen across many roads in our area.

Eugene Neff works for the Craighead County Highway Department.

"We didn't know how bad it was going to be, but we were prepared. We had all of our sand trucks loaded and ready to go, our pickups were ready, crews, and our graders were ready.......whatever we needed,"said Neff.

County highway officials began sending crews out shortly after one last Wednesday.

The county's only two sand trucks were mobilized as well.

Neff says they first began putting sand on the intersections, then concentrated on laying sand on the hills in the area.

"We would do everything the same with what we have to work with. We could stand to use more, but we get by with what we got,"said Neff.

Many residents living on the county roads around the area are still dealing with icy conditions.

Tony Hazelwood has lived on this rural county road for sixteen years.

He says each time a winter storm hits, his road becomes hazardous.

"No one has ever come and graded our road as far as when snow and ice hit. You just have to wait until it thaws out, and just make the best of it,"said Hazelwood.