The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Business

February 6, 2014

Drivers safer this time around

ANDERSON — Motorists decided to play it safe for the most part as another wave of snow hit Madison County Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Chris Beeman, a coordinator for the Madison County dispatch, said deputies received some calls Tuesday night for accidents and slide-offs. The totals, though, did not come close to the previous number of calls during snowstorms earlier this year.

"We're getting some calls but not as many as usual," Beeman said.

He attributed the lack of calls to Madison County residents learning from previous storms and just staying inside instead of trying to venture out.

"I think people are sick of dealing with the snow and are just staying at home," Beeman said.

Elwood Street Commissioner Jim Robertson echoed Beeman's statement. He said the total number of drivers he saw while out plowing was smaller than it has been. He said a little forewarning went a long way in getting people off the streets before the storm.

"There was a little more anticipation for this storm," Robertson said. "From what I've seen, people are driving really safe this time around."

Robertson said he let as many people know as he could that heavy snow was coming. He also let residents know the town is low on salt so clearing the streets could take a little longer than usual.

It's probably a good thing most people decided to stay inside. Beeman said the roads countywide are still snow covered, although the main streets were in decent shape by Wednesday evening. Out in the country, winds have been blowing snow back onto plowed roads erasing some of the crews' work. Beeman said most roads were still slick and dangerous on Wednesday afternoon and that people should use caution.

Robertson's crews were out plowing for about 20 hours straight for this storm. He said the hard work was starting to pay off Wednesday afternoon. Even though temperatures were a little warmer than during previous storms, Robertson said a small patch of ice under the snow made roads slippery.

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