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Crews Still Clearing Ice and Snow from Streets

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Published on Feb 7, 2014

NEWPORT, Ky. (Josh Knight) -- We have heard about neighborhoods and side streets all over the area that still look covered in snow.Why are many streets still covered? There's one additional ingredient this time around and one that's missing making things much worse. All across Newport people continue to dig out cars and drive on many ice and snow covered roads. Mary Mitts has lived in her house off Park Avenue for more than 50 years and she says the roads are usually better. You know you have ice under, and then snow, and then ice on top, so normally the street is very clean. But still, she was taking up for the crews, even complimenting them. With the lower temperatures, I don't think there's a lot they can do. City workers say they are still out doing everything they can. We've got several crews out and they're in the process of pushing the snow back and widening up the streets. All of the streets have been plowed at least once through everything. There are two issues in particular giving cities additional problems with this snowfall. Most of what fell around Newport wasn't snow at all, it was actually sleet. Which was very dense and very hard to plow and push. It's compacted on several streets which makes it very difficult to clear. That also explains why John Mcallister is using some unusual tools to help get out this car. I'm using a pick instead of your typical snow shovel. Yeah, it's a little different. Aside from the type of winter weather, Newport has another issue, they've run out of salt. Our supplier ran out. We've had salt on order, going on for three weeks now and we've yet to see that delivery. Even ordering well ahead of time wasn't enough. Still with out salt, crews aren't stopping. I can promise you that we are not going to quit until we are finished getting these things cleared up and that we understand the pain and the suffering that they are going through. One of the problems in Newport is the inability to store excess salt. For each snow event they typically use around 100 tons and around 5 storms could run them dry. Normally they can continually replenish the supply but this year, that has been a bigger challenge than usual. Cincinnati crews say they've cleared a path through 75 percent of the city's residential areas and they are still at work. And, they continue hauling snow out of downtown.

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