Earlier in the week as I looked out my window at the foot of snow covering my property, I began to think about a few things I was thankful for that I normally don't think about at all. I started a list in my head. It grew rapidly to more like a chapter in a book, but I'll give you the highlights: a roof, pipes that weren't frozen, electricity, muck boots, gore-tex, emergency personnel, and certainly our county and state road crews.
When you and I are watching a movie, sitting by the fireplace, kicked back on the couch, or asleep in our warm beds, the county and state road workers are out at all hours, doing their best to make our roads as accessible as possible. We've had a ton of messages and emails from readers bragging on the crews and expressing gratitude. Unfortunately, like always, there have also been some complaints...just a few, but yes, complaints. One person said, "They've plowed snow 3 feet high in front of my driveway and I can't get out! What am I supposed to do now?" Well, Mr. Complainer, let me introduce you to this device called a shovel. You sure wouldn't be going anywhere if a foot of snow still remained on the road. Get off the couch, put on your big-boy boots and shovel for about 10 minutes, and you'll be on your way. Another person said, "It was three days before they scraped my road and that's ridiculous." Really? Ridiculous? No, you are, for thinking that your road is the only one in Edmonson County.
County Road Foreman Ray Page said county crews began treating roads Sunday night and started plowing at 4:30 AM on Monday morning. He said the county doesn't have enough manpower to run double shifts, but that hasn't kept them from their work. "We either work 'till we get it done or 'till we're too worn down to go on," he said. County trucks were still out today, so obviously the crews haven't stopped yet, even though there are over 150 miles of county road in EC. Page estimated workers had put in 90-100 hours so far this week and will probably add 18-20 more before tomorrow. He gave credit to the entire department. "We've got a great bunch of guys," he said. "They're always ready to work and they never complain."
State crews have done much of the same, only their work is on state highways that are officially numbered, not named, (259, 728, etc). They operate with dump trucks equipped with grater blades, backhoes and loaders, and also a road grater. State employee Brad Bullock said he's already logged in over 80 hours this week himself, and may have to report in again later today. "The days kind of run together," he said, "but that's just part of it." He said they started treating roadways on Sunday night and crews have been going strong ever since.
Local emergency personnel have stayed busy throughout the record-breaking weather conditions as well. The Sheriff's department worked accidents and assisted stranded motorists, while firefighters worked in sub-zero temps during a vehicle fire yesterday. EMS staff have continued making ambulance runs and other assists as well. Over 6,000 Warren County residents were without power for a while last night, but WRECC crews had the power back on within a relatively short time.
The Edmonson Voice always appreciates emergency crews and personnel, but our road crews get a standing ovation for this week. Time slowed down--even stopped for everyone else except them. When we looked out the window and said, "Boy, I'm glad I don't have to be out in that today," they WERE out there, so to everyone on our county and state road crews, from all of us here at the Edmonson Voice, THANK YOU.
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