Plow crews prepare for more long days, long nights

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MORGAN CO., Ind. (WISH) – Tired of the winter weather. Just be glad you’re not a plow truck driver. Crews, and county budgets are exhausted.

Jerry Brummett works for the Morgan County Highway Department. He said he was on the road plowing by 7 a.m. Monday morning because of drifting snow. With freezing rain in the forecast, he was preparing himself for a long day and possibly, a long night.

“The way we work, we don’t quit until we are done. It could be 24 hours, it could be a day and a half,” Brummett said. “I’d rather have 10 inches of snow than 1/2 inch of ice.”

The rain started falling in Morgan County shortly after noon. It was enough to keep the kids off the sledding hills. Road crews worried it might be enough to turn the roads into skating rinks.

Jim Waggoner, the Morgan County Highway superintendent, keeps a close eye on the road temperatures. He has a special sensor attached to his plow truck. A monitor in his cab showed a road temperature of 31 degrees.

At the county highway department, growing mountains of sand overshadow dwindling mounds of salt. To make the salt supplies last, crews mix it with the sand. One part salt, six parts sand. The hope is if freezing rain does hit, it will come after some snow falls.

“If that snow comes first and then the freezing rain we don’t do nothing. We just let it rain, sleet freeze on it and that kind of catches it,” Waggoner said.

Whatever falls, Brummett will be there to clear it away.

Tired or not, he doesn’t get to go home until he’s done.

“It’s been a long, long winter,” Brummett said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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