The Ottumwa Courier

December 21, 2012

County pulled plows from northern area

Courier Staff Writer

OTTUMWA — Wapello county Supervisor Greg Kenning said the county “pulled the plows” working on roads in the north end of the county late Wednesday.

“They weren’t moving snow yet but started to do so in the past hour,” Kenning said Thursday morning. “Once the wind drops, the visibility will improve.”

By about 10 p.m. Wednesday, the strong winds blowing through the open country caused visibility problems.

Kenning said the county’s plow drivers were dealing with blinding snow about 10 p.m.

“After dusk, the county’s plows don’t go out to work on the roads,” he said. “Unlike the city, there are no street lights out in the county.”

During the day, the plows were out moving snow in the northern part of the county, Kenning said.

“I haven’t looked at the latest radar information, but Engineer Brian Moore said the weather system was breaking up, and before much longer, Wapello County should be in the clear so the plow drivers can get at these places,” he added.

Kenning said the bottom line is that Wapello County now has a layer of moisture that wasn’t available for a long time.

“And within 24-36 hours, the snow should be cleaned off and everyone can get around in normal driving conditions,” he said. “As for today, no.”