County road crews prepare for this year’s winter weather
For someone who makes several deliveries a day, Green Door Floral and Décor owner Betty Hall tells Local 6 last year’s snowfall was brutal on her Paducah business.
"You obviously are going to face this challenge from time to time. But last year seemed to be an exceptionally bad year for us," Hall said.
On Wednesday, her delivery van traveled 150 miles, making stops throughout the county. Luckily, the roads were clear. "You really have to get that funeral work to the funeral home. That really can’t wait," she said.
At the McCracken County Road Department, Engineer Randy Williams ordered 800 tons of salt. He says that is most effective because the sand/salt mixture becomes too clumpy to use.
"We’re going to try to be prepared," Williams said optimistically.
Generally, the month of October is spent ordering supplies as well as inspecting all of the equipment. His crew of 14 also receives response training. Last year the road department used 600 tons of salt and if this year happens to be worse, he said there will be enough on hand to properly treat the roads.
"I know last year the winter started out fairly mild, and it went out like a lion. And, yeah, I hope that doesn’t happen again," Williams said.
For Hall’s sake, she hopes this season everything’s coming up roses. "That’s what we can hope for," she said.