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Friday, December 28, 2012

Greene County will remain on a Level I Travel Advisory throughout the weekend in anticipation of more snow.

Wednesday's storm left about 8-10 inches of snow throughout Greene County producing many picturesque scenes like this one in the small community Newberry that features a mural painted on the Masonic Lodge building with an aged vehicle owned by Ed Gutherie, of Linton parked in the foreground.
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Greene County Emergency Management Agency Director Roger Axe said the public should use extreme caution when traveling the county roadways, and motorists are advised to travel at their own risk.

"We want to leave that one for a little while longer because we've got some more snow coming in," Axe said.

Greene County Highway Superintendent Brent Murray said his department is working diligently to finish clearing the county roads.

"We are making pretty good progress, especially on the west side (of the county) where it's flat. We are going to send a couple trucks up to the eastern side this weekend. We don't have very many roads left that are impassible, unless you're on a long stretch of gravel road," Murray explained.

Murray said the highway department has almost all their manpower on board to get the roads cleared as quickly as possible.

"We've got everybody here. We've got a couple on vacation out of state, so we are short two people, but we have enough people to man every piece of equipment, so we will be working Saturday and if the snow hits this weekend we will probably be working straight through the holidays. I've got a good group of guys here," Murray said.

He added the continued help from the public has played a big role in quickly getting the roads cleared.

"The farmers with their tractors and the public have really helped with that ... We greatly appreciate the public helping us and being patient," Murray stressed.

Murray said the county will not have any issues in regards to the use of sand and salt on the roadways due to the extra funds allotted by the Greene County Council and last year's mild winter.

"I don't think that's going to be a problem. The council was good the year before last by allowing us extra funds and we have the carry over from last year. That's one worry we haven't had. I don't foresee that being a problem," Murray said.

Axe noted while the roadways are being cleared quickly, motorists still need to beware that traveling along the roads melts the snow, which freezes during the overnight hours. The freezing can cause patches of black ice.

Overall, Axe said, the blizzard conditions did not cause too many issues throughout the state.

"Bill Smith, of Homeland Security, said, 'We dodged a bullet this time' ... This could have been a whole lot worse. It wasn't pleasant, but there was not ice storm and no major power outages," Axe said.

Axe noted while the worst of the weather is over people still need to beware of their health in the cold weather.

"The people need to be cautious, especially as they are digging themselves out. When shoveling snow, beware of your health. When they are shoveling snow, take your time, when you start to get tired, stop," Axe stressed.

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Is that a 55 Chevy rusting out in the picture?

-- Posted by ellis1 on Fri, Dec 28, 2012, at 10:35 PM

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