Trigg drivers survive snowstorm
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
Feb 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although Trigg County received a heap of snow last week, with perhaps more expected this week, there have been no fatalities and only a few minor injuries for the most part.

The county received upwards of half a foot of snow last week, starting last Tuesday night. More has been predicted, but it is unknown when it will happen or how much the county will get.

Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam said Anthony Bannister of Eddyville was taken to Trigg County Hospital last Wednesday, after an accident on Will Jackson Road. Bannister was driving down that road when he lost control of his SUV and struck a vehicle that had run off the road the previous night, said Burnam.

Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander said there have not been any accidents in the city from last week’s snow and ice.

Students in the Trigg County School District have missed out on six days of snow so far, and have gone to school late on a few days, said Trigg County School Superintendent Travis Hamby.

Kentucky highway crews are continuing to receive shipments of salt and other ice-fighting chemicals, said Keith Todd of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. He also said that facilities in District 1 have received shipments from a salt mine near Kansas City this past weekend, as part of a special 5,000-ton order for the 12 westernmost counties in the state.

Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said that while the county’s road department had several hundred tons of salt stockpiled, their supplies are running lower than they have in previous winters.

Humphries said the road department has enough for “two more significant events,” but that their supplies are alright for the time being. He also urged drivers to be cautious on snowing, icy and wet roads, and to make only necessary trips when there is snow or ice on the roads.

“Our salt stock is fair, however we are trying to conserve as much as possible and I doubt if we can get any more this season,” said Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler.

Todd said that highway crews have also been getting salt deliveries through their normal supply line, adding that District 1 counties have received at least 1,000 tons of salt since 12 midnight on Thursday.

“That puts about 4,500 tons in storage across the 12 counties, enough to maintain continuous snow response for about a week under normal conditions,” said Todd. “That supply can be extended as crews continue to work in conservation mode.”

Todd stated that the state “is in reasonably good shape” as far as salt is concerned, and is not running out.
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