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* News Release *
Friday, January 8, 1999 -- 10:30 a.m.
For Immediate Release

More Snow and Ice, Dwindling Salt Supplies

Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster reports that BCEO crews were out during the overnight hours plowing and salting County roadways. All roads are passable; however, many roads remain partially snow-covered and hazardous. Motorists may also encounter icy patches and areas of black ice almost anywhere, due to the sub-freezing temperatures that have lingered for nearly a week.

A Level 2 Snow Emergency is in effect for Butler County, which is defined as follows: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. (See Snow Emergency for a complete overview -- when its issued and what the levels mean.)

With more snow, rain, and ice predicted for later today and tonight, efforts to treat roads will continue as necessary. Salt is being mixed with grit to add traction and to help stretch salt supplies. Some problems have been reported with salt deliveries. While salt has made it up the Ohio River to the Port of Cincinnati, trucks have had to wait three to five hours in some cases to get loaded. Foster has offered his assistance to supply additional equipment in an effort to speed up the process.

Snowfighters In Operation For A Week

The BCEO applauds the efforts of its snow and ice control crews. Snowfighters have been operating continuously in 12-hour shifts to keep roads safe and passable since last Friday evening when the first of a week-long series of winter storms hit southwest Ohio. The Butler County Engineer's Office reminds motorists to use caution when driving in winter weather, and to be especially careful and courteous around salt trucks and snow plows. Please yield as much as possible to these large trucks for the safety of motorists and the truck drivers themselves.

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