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Freezing rain hits Trimble on Monday

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By Jacob Blair

As the Kentuckiana area spent 13 days with below freezing air temperature, the stage was set early Monday morning for hazardous conditions as the above-freezing rainfall froze to the cold surfaces.

“It was a little worse than we’ve seen for a little while,” said Eddy Callis, supervisor of the Trimble County Road Department.

The department’s six trucks and nine employees prepared trucks at 3 a.m. and took to the roads at 4 a.m. Monday, he said. The truck drivers initially reported a few slick spots on the county roads. Around an hour into the shift, more roads began to cover with ice.

“It was slick everywhere,” Callis said, adding that the drivers had to equip chains while fighting the conditions.

A particular problem spot was Louden Lane as six cars slid off the road surface because of the ice. Treating Louden Lane took less than an hour from the time county road crews were alerted to the slide offs, Callis said.

The treating of roads was an all-day event, Callis said.

“It took 10 hours to get our roads covered,” he said.

The process wasn’t without some difficulty as trucks had to back down the hills on rural roads while cindering them so they could have traction going up the hill, Callis said.

“It doesn’t take much ice,” he said.

One of the trucks also blew a main hydraulic line but Callis said a backup truck was waiting so there wasn’t much downtime.

The department used 300 tons of cinders and between 500 to 1,000 gallons of salt brine on Monday to treat Trimble County’s roads.

“(The salt brine) gives us a little bit of extra help,” he said.

As the winter continues, Callis urged motorists who are about and about to use caution.

“Just give us room and some patience,” he said.