Rural Counties Still Battling Blowing and Drifting Snow
The Hardin County Sheriff says the county will remain under a level two snow emergency through Thursday morning.
The sheriff is urging people to drive with caution as the temperature drops and ice may form on the roads.
On days when many call off, veteran plow truck driver Dustin Wilcox says he's working double.
"We load the trucks up the night before. Back them in, and then get ready for the 'white death' as they call it," said Wilcox.
Wilcox says each day starts early, "Had to be clocked in at 5:00, so I had to get up at about 3:30. Made sure I could get out of my drive, so I could get into work."
He says that work takes him along 300 miles of road.
"I'd say the toughest part today is, I couldn't see the edges of the road when we started out this morning," said Wilcox.
When the wind kicks up, Wilcox warns of blowing and drifting snow.
"It's like you're chasing your tail. You get it pushed back and by the time you get back around, it's blowing right back out there again," said Wilcox.
Well before the brunt of the storm hit, the Hardin County Sheriff says a car plowed into a power pole and knocked power to 2,000 people in the county.
Local radio DJ Andrew Flinn tells 10TV he was on-air when the power went out.
He says he took to more modern methods to combat the crisis and warn listeners of the dangers outside.
"You know, with the internet, we're a lot better able to update people in real time," said Flinn.
A few hours later, when the lines were fixed, he says he learned that most everyone listened and stayed off the roads, so people like Wilcox could clear them off.
Wilcox says he, and 10 other trucks, will be out again early Thursday morning to continue to plow the roads.
Authorities in Hardin County say they have enough salt to get by, and have more on order.