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Friday, February 22, 2013

A tractor-trailer rig rests on its side Friday morning, Feb. 22, after tipping over during the snow storm Thursday, Feb. 21. No one was reported injured in the incident. It was one of numerous traffic problems caused by the storm.
(David Roscher/Marshall Police Department)
Saline County and Marshall road crews started working Thursday Feb. 21, and in the early hours of Friday, Feb. 22, after a snowstorm hit the area with approximately 10 inches of snow -- the largest snow storm in the county since 2011.

Marshall street crews work Friday morning, Feb. 22, to move 10 inches of snow off streets.
(Carlos Restrepo/Democrat-News)
Saline County Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings said there were five road graders with v-shaped blades working around the clock to clear roads in the Common Roads District, but said it could take several days before those roads are safe to drive on.

"They will run today (Friday), tomorrow and into Sunday," Stallings said. "We ask people to be patient as our road crews are trying to get around that as fast as they can."

Several businesses and organizations remained closed Friday, including all area-schools, the city and county offices, the Marshall Public Library and the Salt Fork YMCA.

Maj. David Roscher, assistant chief of the Marshall Police Department, said through mid-afternoon Thursday there were no reports of injury accidents in town, but officers responded to many cases of minor accidents and stuck vehicles.

Marshall businessman Jerry Hedrick scoops snow Friday morning, Feb. 22, in front of his clothing store on the east side of the Marshall square.
(Carlos Restrepo/Democrat-News)
"It was a mess, but we all made it through," he said. "There were untold number of slide-offs. There was just too much snow too fast and too wet."

The two most difficult situations both involved tractor-trailer rigs, one of which rolled on its side off southbound U.S. 65 near Fitzgibbon Hospital, and another which got stuck trying to make a turn at U.S. 65 and state Highway 20.

Roscher said city street crews are working hard to clear city streets, and he urged residents to stay home Friday if they do not have to travel.

Police officers continue to respond to stranded vehicles and are helping clear vehicles from emergency snow route streets. The department has made good use of its Humvee, he said. The high-center-of-gravity vehicle is able to get through deep snow more easily than most squad cars.

Four people attempt to get a small car moving Friday morning, Feb. 22, at the intersection of Arrow Street and Lafayette Avenue. It was a common scene in the area Thursday and Friday.
Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer said city snow plows continued to work on clearing major emergency snow routes and asked residents to try and keep from throwing snow from their driveways onto the street.

"If it comes off your property it stays on your property -- that's just the way it works," Latimer said. "Our guys are working as hard as they can and it makes it more difficult for them when people dump the snow back on the street."

Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day said the department did not receive calls for any major fires, but warned residents to keep an eye on electric heaters and fireplaces as those can pose a great risk.

"When it gets like this, most people are home, so they are paying attention to the heaters and whatnot," Day said. "But it's usually the day after, when people leave their houses unattended, that we start getting the calls. Just be careful with those."

Bill Sleeper, Saline County buildings and grounds supervisor, removes snow from the County Courthouse's sidewalks at approximately 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22.
(Carlos Restrepo/Democrat-News)
Day also advised residents to avoid going outside unless absolutely necessary.

"If you don't have to get out, stay home," Day said. "Most everything is closed anyway. If you go outside, be careful walking on the streets, and pace yourself to prevent exhaustion. People driving also need to be extra careful and watch out for pedestrians."

Contact Carlos Restrepo at crestrepo@marshallnews.com

Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com

Saline County snow storm February 2013 photo gallery


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Did you read the article posted yesterday about street plowing being difficult? In it Connie states that the snow plows will not be equipped with blade blocks because of the large amount of snow. Without those, driveways will likely be plowed shut. The street department is working day and night to get the roads open so people can get around. And when they plow the streets the snow has to go somewhere! I think people need to be more grateful of their hard work!

-- Posted by KA3460 on Fri, Feb 22, 2013, at 5:44 PM

In reply to d-bar-3: I am so sorry. Please accept an apology for unknowingly having offended you. Please note I am fully aware of - and thankfully appreciate - all work handled by our city employees. Being courteous and respectful is a two-way endeavor. The example was given for clarification and validity. Together, let's hope we observe more residents keeping their snow piles in their yards so plows can push snow away from driveways to the vacant sides of streets. Again, "Connie Latimer is right to not want driveway snow thrown into the street". Is it so wrong for residents to want the same result in reverse?

Just something to think about ............

-- Posted by clembj on Fri, Feb 22, 2013, at 5:04 PM

These are small reasons way nobody want's to move to Marshall. Which means no new business and no new school.

-- Posted by golfaddic on Fri, Feb 22, 2013, at 4:51 PM

City of Marshall is the biggest double standerd that's known to man.

-- Posted by golfaddic on Fri, Feb 22, 2013, at 4:47 PM

Ms. Clembj maybe you should be the one on the refresher of kindness. The city employees are doing the best they can with the amount of snow to be plowed. Just be thankful you don't have to shovel your way out of the street.

Just saying

-- Posted by d-bar-3 on Fri, Feb 22, 2013, at 3:29 PM

Connie Latimer is right to not want driveway snow thrown into the street. However, in fairness to residents who properly clear their driveways by piling the snow in their yards and NOT the street, is it too much to ask that the city NOT plow the STREET snow into our drivways? Example: There are no driveways on the opposite side of our entire block; yet during the last snowfall, the city plowed all the street snow into the two driveways on our side, clearing just a one-way path on the opposite side of the street. We not only had to shovel out our driveway a second time, but we also had to shovel the hard-packed piles of snow left in the street by the city plows in order to even get to the one-way cleared path. Perhaps Ms. Latimer should publish her advice on drivway snow versus street snow BEFORE a snow storm, not after. And perhaps city employees could use a refresher plowing lesson on drivway courtesy.

-- Posted by clembj on Fri, Feb 22, 2013, at 2:41 PM

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