February 11, 2011
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Aftermath of the Ice Storm In the Putnam County Area
Greencastle Street Department Director Brad Phillips summed up the effects of the ice storm that struck the area last week as a nightmare. As one of the most severe ice storms that the county has seen in years the storm has taken its toll on the department’s vehicles and equipment. After a week of working 12-hour shifts, Phillips and his team are down to working 8 hours a day as they attempt to refill potholes, open street drains, and clear the remaining ice and snow off main and secondary streets. Prior to the storm, the Street Department prepared for the ice with a pre-application of salt that Phillips says broke up the ice and made clearing the roads easier in the days following. The department is currently working with FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in dealing with the repercussions of the storm. The total cost of street salt alone is $10,000.