Winter storm presents challenge for Cocke County crews

Winter storm presents challenge for Cocke County crews with no salt

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Plowing snow Thursday was cheaper, easier, and really all crews can do, along with spreading rock dust for traction. Plowing snow Thursday was cheaper, easier, and really all crews can do, along with spreading rock dust for traction.
"I don't want to see no more snow, but we'll just try and deal with that when it happens," said Kenneth Ford. "I don't want to see no more snow, but we'll just try and deal with that when it happens," said Kenneth Ford.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

NEWPORT (WATE) - This winter has been a big challenge for the Cocke County Highway Department, because they have only seven trucks to clean more than 700 miles of road in the county.

A downpour of fat snowflakes fell Thursday night all over Cocke County, but this winter storm was the kind crews were hoping for, with wet, heavy snow.

However, this winter has been anything but good to the highway department's budgeted amount of 50 tons of salt.

"We ran out of that right off the bat, probably the first snow," said Kenneth Ford with the Cocke County Highway Department.

Plowing snow Thursday was cheaper, easier, and really all crews can do, along with spreading rock dust for traction.

"We're going to try and work [Friday], it'd be overtime,  and try to get more roads done," Ford said.

For now, crews are dreading the next storm to sweep through.

"I don't want to see no more snow, but we'll just try and deal with that when it happens," said Ford.

Homeowners were relieved to see a difference in driveways and streets by Thursday afternoon.

Crews aren't worried about roads refreezing Thursday night, although if you do hit a slick spot, you can call dispatch and report it because someone with the highway department is on standby 24/7.

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