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* News Release *
Friday, February 12, 2010
For Immediate Release


Back to back winter storms have kept Butler County road crews busy for nearly a week but they may finally be catching a break as the worst appears over for now. First pressed into service last Friday, BCEO Snowfighters have been working around the clock to keep County roads safe and passable.

"Our crews have put in a lot of long, hard hours and time away from their families," said Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens. "Their only break came late Sunday night into Monday, but even on Monday we had a couple of crews out cleaning up the berms and spot treating a few problem areas. And that was pretty much the case as of this morning. We have just one truck out now, but through yesterday nearly all of our road crews were still clearing areas of wind blown snow and drifts."

Butler County was hit with 4-8 inches of heavy, wet snow last Friday and Saturday. Wet and slushy patches froze as temperatures dropped on Sunday. By Tuesday another winter storm moved in dropping 5-6 inches in the first round, followed by successive waves of dry, fluffy snow Tuesday night and Wednesday whipped about by high winds and 2-3 inches of additional accumulation. Drifting and re-freezing of slushy roads compounded the problems faced by snow and ice control crews.

BCEO Totals and Stats

The numbers for both storms have been tallied and have bumped up the season totals substantially since there had only been one notable snowfall prior to this. From the time County crews were first called out a week ago Friday through yesterday afternoon at 4:30, the Engineer's Office has spread 2,278 tons of salt, utilized 3,175 gallons of calcium chloride, and accrued 1,947 labor hours. Total cost for both storms -- $319,514.

Where does that put us for the entire winter so far? "We're still on track to meet the snow removal budget but a few more big storms like these could push us over," said Operations Deputy Scott Bressler. "But it all evens out in the long run because we plan for an average winter. Some years we get a lot of snow and go over budget, some years we see very little snow and come in under. You can never know for certain what any given winter will bring."

The BCEO has spread 5,672 tons of salt on the County road system so far this winter season. Bressler says that 6,000 tons is the average. "With about another month of potential for winter weather, it's very possible that we could end up this season above average."

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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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