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* News Release *
Friday, February 6, 1998 -- 8:00 a.m.
For Immediate Release

BCEO Crews Out All Night Again

Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster reports that conditions on Butler County roadways have improved dramatically since Thursday evening. Most roads are clear this Friday morning while others are slushy but passable. BCEO snow and ice control crews were out all night plowing and salting the 267 miles of County-maintained roads. Though the roads are in much better shape this morning, motorists are still encouraged to be extra careful and watch for patches of ice and slush. A LEVEL 1 snow emergency does remain in effect in Butler County.

BCEO snow and ice control crews have been plowing and salting Butler County roadways non-stop since 6:30 Wednesday morning when the storm began. Our crews will continue to treat the roads today, concentrating mainly on clearing the berms unless more snow or ice falls. Fourteen trucks are utilized to keep the County roadway system safe and passable.

Snow depths have varied widely around Butler County, with crews reporting the heaviest accumulations in portions of Union and Ross Townships. Eight to nine inches have been reported in those areas with generally lesser amounts -- 3 to 5 inches -- in the central and northern Townships. Motorists are particularly urged to use caution if commuting south into Cincinnati, where over 18 inches of heavy, wet snow has fallen since Wednesday.

Salt supplies are in very good shape as the BCEO received numerous shipments during the day Thursday. An estimated 900 to 1,000 tons of salt have been spread by the BCEO snowfighters so far during this 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 hit.

Motorists are reminded to visit the BCEO's web site for continuously updated reports on County road conditions. The web address is www.bceo.org.

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