Road departments deal with ice instead of snow

Road departments deal with ice instead of snow

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Craighead County Road Department planned for a snowstorm, but got ice instead.

Road Department Superintendent Eugene Neff said he had his crew come in around midnight Thursday to plow and sand the streets.

However, the plans changed when Craighead County did not get as much snow as crews originally expected.

"We had all our graters planned to come in and we ended up calling them into the shop," Neff said.

Although the garters did not go out, crews still put sand on the roads to help with the icy conditions.

"Then we sent everyone out about 4 a.m. to throw out sand at intersections," Neff said.

After treating the roads in the morning, Neff sent most of crew home to sleep so they could come back in if needed.

"Now we are going to evaluate it a little bit later when it starts to freeze back and then call them back in," Neff said.

The road department will continue to keep an eye on the roads even though the snow chances have moved out. Neff said there is always a chance of roads refreezing and they want to keep drivers safe.

"If we need them tonight we will call them back in," Neff said. "If not we will probably do like we did this morning and get them in about four and send them back out and start putting out sand again."

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