Another wintry blast has people digging out from Texas to Ohio
Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 01:12
Feb.6-Ice is making for treacherous roads and thousands are still without power. Jennifer Davis reports.
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Winter weather has come to Texas forcing Dallas school children to bundle up and creating treacherous conditions around the state.
The latest blast of winter weather has people digging out all over the country - from New York to Columbus, Ohio, where they are stressing the importance of cleaning off your car before hitting the road.
(SOUNDBITE) ROBERT KEIGER, TRUCK DRIVER SAYING:
"I was driving through Kentucky and a sheet of ice came off a truck in front of me. Caught my windshield and cracked it."
In Ohio, even a salt truck needed rescuing after the driver lost control. And in Baltimore, power crews from all over the country are helping restore electricity to the many who lost it during an ice storm.
(SOUNDBITE) ERIC ESPOSITO, CREW CHIEF SAYING:
"Trees had ice on them and came down and snapped the lines."
It's been such a rough winter, Amherst, New York has already used six times more salt than it did last year and some salt barns are already empty.
(SOUNDBITE) BILL SWANSON, TOWN OF TONAWANDA HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT SAYING:
"We need 200 tons a day to salt the streets at least once, and unfortunately, we are only getting a hundred tons a day."
The wintry weather is taking a toll on equipment. More plow trucks are breaking down and crews are getting tired after working so many days and nights.
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