February 7, 2011

Snow emergency declared for Oliver County

The Oliver County Commission declared a snow emergency Friday, Feb. 4, a move that will allow access to the county emergency fund of $22,000 and allow the county to apply for further emergency grant funding.

The emergency snow declaration came after discussion with Oliver County Road Superintendent Bruce Nelson, who said the move was necessary due to above normal snowfall this winter. As of last week, estimated total snowfall in Oliver County was at 71 inches.

Nelson said the county shop runs five snow removal machines a minimum of four days every week and lately seven days a week, depending on snowfall.

He said it takes his crews a minimum of three days to clear all county roads, only to begin all over again a day later, working through weekends.

“With the wind continually blowing many roads shut, we are working at keeping them open, but all we are doing is basically keeping up, then we start over,” Nelson said.

Commissioners Dwaine Helmers, Kent Albers and Lee Husfloen voted unanimously for the motion to declare a snow emergency.


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