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February 6, 1998 -- 3:30 p.m.
Butler County Engineer Dean
C. Foster reports that the LEVEL 1 snow emergency for Butler
County was lifted at 11:00 a.m. Friday. Conditions on Butler
County roadways are very good to excellent following the massive
two-day storm that hit southern Ohio this week. Some gradual
warming and a few peaks of sunshine on Friday helped melt the
slush that had remained following 55 hours of non-stop plowing
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- BCEO snow and ice control
crews treated the 267 miles of County-maintained roads continuously
from 6:30 Wednesday morning until mid-afternoon Friday. Most
of Friday's treatments included clearing the roadway berms.
- Motorists should expect
to encounter wet pavement for several days as the snow melts.
Wet roadways could refreeze in spots after dark. Utilize caution
if you plan to drive at night or if temperatures drop below freezing.
Motorists who commute south into Cincinnati should keep in mind
that the city and its suburbs received 18 to 20 inches of heavy,
wet snow from the storm; therefore, problems may persist.
- Our crews reported widely
varying snow depths around Butler County, with the heaviest accumulations
in portions of Union and Ross Townships. Eight to nine inches
were reported in those areas with generally lesser amounts --
3 to 5 inches -- in the central and northern Townships.
- The BCEO received numerous
shipments of salt on Thursday afternoon and Friday. Salt supplies
had begun to run low by Thursday morning because salt supply
trucks had difficulties getting out of Cincinnati where the salt
is unloaded from barges on the Ohio River. Approximately 950
tons of salt were spread by the BCEO snowfighters during the
storm. The Engineer's Office normally budgets for 3,700 tons
of salt for an average winter. Very little salt had been used
during this relatively snow-free winter until this surprise storm
- The BCEO put in a total
of 850 manhours for snow and ice control during this snow event;
480 of those hours were overtime hours. Fourteen trucks are typically
utilized for snow and ice control, driven by two teams that work
in twelve hour shifts.
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