Workers dealing with the winter blast are keeping an eye on what’s next

Pickaway County is working on a comeback after dealing with a level two snow emergency most of Saturday.

Pickaway County is working on a comeback after dealing with a level two snow emergency most of Saturday.

Sgt. John Schleich with the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office said the blowing and drifting snow was their biggest challenge. “If you don’t have to be out, don’t come out. They gave you fair warning this time this was coming, so unless you have to out just stay home for a day or so.

Most of our roads are flat and we get a lot of blowing and drifting over them.

"We get a lot of curves, a lot of sharp curves too and if you don’t know they are there, they will come up on you before you know it and if you are going too fast you will go right on off.”

At the Ohio Department of Transportation garage in Circleville, transportation manager Jeff Gamble said Mother Nature sent us a lot to deal with.

“We had everything. The rain. The wind. The snow. Freezing rain. We had it all down here,” said Gamble.

Crews are working 12-hour shifts during the winter blast.

“That is our main thing. Keep our roads safe and passable and maintain them for the motoring public and the freight that moves throughout the state,” said Gamble. He had some words to the wise for drivers to help his workers.

“Slow down. Be cautious. Give us room to do our job.”

Collin Sowers was plowing church parking lots for “Just in Time” snow removal. Sowers said he had seen two to four-foot snow drifts.

“In a lot of driveways and parking lots it can be very dangerous in parts and we cannot get our equipment to work properly in the drifts. The ice that has melted is re-freezing even though there is salt on the ground, but it does make it a challenge because it is harder to get the roads clear and the parking lots,” said Sowers. Using a quad with a plow attached, Sowers was dressed for the snow and blow.

“I just love giving back to the community, it ‘s something I have always been taught to do and that is how I was raised, so it is something I want to continue,” said Sowers, who still had several lots to plow Saturday night.

Sowers still has a sense of humor despite the rough conditions and said he was ready for the dipping temperatures and more snow.

“Oh, I was born ready. Born ready,” he laughed.

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