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* News Release *
Tuesday, February 18, 2003
For Immediate Release


Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that conditions on County roads have improved considerably following the most severe winter storm in several years. While all roads are passable, some remain partially snow-covered or slushy. Motorists may also encounter extensive areas of ice and densely packed snow on roadways and are encouraged to use extreme caution.

Front-end loaders have been dispatched to several northern townships to remove snow at intersections, where huge piles were causing sight distance problems. Significant drifting was reported across numerous roads, including Riggs, Contreras, State Line Center, Waynes Trace, Lanes Mill, and Nichols Roads.

Salt was used sparingly over the holiday weekend as crews were in a plow-only mode during the height of the storm, according to Wilkens. "The heavy snow dictated that we plow which allowed us to preserve our salt supplies to some degree," he said. "However, areas that received more ice did have to be treated heavily with salt and calcium chloride." Approximately 1,157 tons of salt were spread on County roads throughout the course of the slow-moving storm.

While the Engineer's Office is slated to receive delivery of 100 additional tons of salt today, supplies are beginning to run low. More salt is expected by later this week, and warmer temperatures should also bring some relief.

Snow and Ice Control Crews Working Overtime This Winter

Beginning late Friday night, successive waves of freezing rain, sleet, and snow pummeled Butler County for three days resulting in substantial snow and ice accumulations. BCEO crews reported a mix of ice and snow across southern townships with more snow to the north. Snow totals ranged from 5-6 inches in West Chester Township to 10-14 inches in the Oxford and Middletown areas with three and four foot drifts.

Level 2 and 3 Snow Emergencies were declared as the snow and ice piled up over the weekend. Road crews worked around the clock from 7:00 p.m. Friday through early this Tuesday morning. "We're proud of the excellent job by our snow and ice control crews," Wilkens said. "They've sacrificed a lot of long, hard hours to make our roads safe and passable."

Following a series of mild winters, road crews have been working a lot of overtime this year. The severe storm was the latest in a string of winter weather events that has kept crews busy. "It seems that for the past two months we've been out every two or three days," said snow plow driver Jerry Jackson. "Right now I'm just looking forward to spring."

For more on BCEO snow and ice control plus statistics, please see the Snowfighters Page here on our web site.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849

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