Many Madison County kids surely hope for snow. But Madison County’s road crew — well, probably not so much.
Winter precipitation can disrupt routines for thousands. And such events mean major challenges for those charged with keeping roads passable. This can mean day and night shifts for sleepy-eyed workers, who push snow out of roadways, spread salt, clear limbs from motorists’ paths, repair busted water mains and a variety of other weather-related tasks.
“It wears you out,” said county commission chairman Anthony Dove of what road and public safety crews face in a winter storm.
Madison County has experienced several winter storms in the past few years, including a couple of events last year.
Perhaps none were worse than in 2009.
That year, snow fell in clumps from the sky and stayed on rooftops for days. Numerous chicken houses collapsed and thousands were without power for several days.
But weather events since then haven’t led to such power outages. And Dove said Jackson EMC and Georgia Power have worked hard to keep tree limbs cut back from power lines, which has helped reduce outages. He said this is a real public safety blessing, because when people have power, they tend to stay put, instead of venturing out onto icy roads.
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