GREENVILLE—The Darke County Highway Department has started prepping for the upcoming winter storm.
Darke County and the surrounding areas will be under a winter storm warning from 1 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Friday. Heavy mixed precipitation is expected throughout the county, with total snow accumulations of seven to 12 inches, and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch.
The Darke County Highway Department is responsible for 522 miles of county roads, which is made up of 20 snow plow routes, each about 26 miles each.
Darke County Highway Superintendent Shane Coby said the department started to prep their 25 plow trucks for the inclement weather early this week. The county has about 800 tons of salt onsite, and about 2,000 tons of ice grits. Additionally, the department has serviced all their chainsaws, in case of an ice incident.
“Tomorrow, we’ll go through the trucks again, just to make sure we can get everything ready to go,” he said. “We’ve been in contact with the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, going over plans. We’ve been in contact with several fire departments, talking about things we’re going to do as far as what kind of plan we’re working on so we can coordinate any emergencies with them.”