MOUNT VERNON — Ditches and the cold presented problems for county snow plows while working a 36-hour, round-the-clock stretch this weekend.
Knox County Engineer Cameron Keaton reported that there were no major problems while dealing with the winter storm that hit Saturday and carried on into Sunday. A couple trucks got stuck in ditches due to soft ground under the snow and ice cover, Keaton said, and the low temperatures caused the trucks to freeze up, making it difficult to dispense road-clearing materials.
No injuries or major mechanical difficulties with equipment were reported.
Keaton said the county ran three 12-hour shifts with 10 trucks out per shift beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Crews were back out on Monday, and are expected to take advantage of today’s warmer temperatures to clear off the roads.
The county used approximately 300 tons of salt, Keaton said.
As of Monday, all roads were open to two-lane traffic, except for one location on Ridge Road. Three roads were closed due to trees and a utility pole being down.
Keaton said the crews did a commendable job.
“My crews were prepared and did an excellent job preparing the equipment, storing material and clearing the roadways,” Keaton said. “I can’t thank my guys enough for what they do while everyone else is warm and safe at home with their families.”