Whitehall town and village highway crews take first major snowstorm in stride

B y Lee Tugas

A powerful winter storm may have dropped nearly a foot of snow on Warren and Washington counties, but both village and town highway workers reported no major problems.

According to the National Weather Service, snowfall total ranged five inches to a foot in Washington and Warren Counties.

“It was a good practice run,” Jared Martel, a village crewman, said. “But it wasn’t bad.”

Martel reported that village crews started plowing at 8 p.m. on Saturday and worked through Sunday night, quitting about 10 p.m.

That was more than 24 hours of plowing, but Martel said the department had not been overwhelmed by the storm. That opinion was shared by Town Highway Crewman Barry Lane, also a veteran crewman from Dresden.

“It was a dry snow,” Lane said, “and it pushed easily.”

Lane said town crews plowed from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, stopped to let more fall, and hit the roads again at 3:30 a.m., working straight through until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Lane shrugged off both size and severity of the storm.

“Working at Dresden before Whitehall, I’ve been at it so long, it isn’t even a practice run. It’s just winter,” Lane said.

 

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