EBENSBURG, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- Mother Nature is showing no signs of mercy, but it’s beginning to be costly for some communities.
Ebensburg Borough employees have been working around the clock.
“We have been out a lot, trying to keep up with everything,” said David Dodson, Ebensburg Public Works Director.
Dodson and six other borough employees maintain about 15 miles of roadway and sidewalks. One thing different about this winter compared to others, they’re running out of places to move the snow.
“We have been pushing the snow as far back as we can,” said Dodson. “We will remove the snow and we have several sites in the borough we go to dump it.”
Emergency Services Director Ron Springer said it is not just the snow causing problems for the region it is several things.
"It’s compounding one issue after another,” said Springer. “Salt supplies are low, the intersections as far as clearance are causing difficulty for drivers to see, and ice cycles.”
Springer provided a list of safety and reminders for the public.
· Icicles on roofs, overhangs, spouting and doorways are becoming a real hazard. Look up when walking. If self-removing - be careful of slips and falls from roofs or ladders; be alert to electrical hazards; Seek the services of a professional contractor if need be.
· Snow weight on roofs. If self-removing - again be alert to slips, fall and electrical hazards. Also be alert to your added weight on an already stressed roof. Seek the services of a professional contractor if need be.
· Frozen water lines. Do NOT use a torch to thaw. Use warm water or a hair dryer to thaw.
· Intersections are becoming congested with snow piles. Slow down upon approach; ease through any and all intersections. Blind spot locations to both cars and pedestrians are present everywhere.
· Roadways are becoming narrower. Drive defensively especially with oncoming traffic.
· Road salt may be in short supply. Applications by public work crews may be limited in some areas. Be alert to such and slow down. Allow for extra breaking distance. Expect the road surface to be slippery.
· Clean snow away from fire hydrants. Minutes lost trying to find a buried fire hydrant may be the difference in saving a life or property.
‘We have not had a winter like this for a long time,” said Springer. “Some don’t like it.”
Dodson said Ebensburg Borough has already tapped into its second supply for salt.
“We’ve used about 400 tons of salt this year,” said Dodson. “Last year we only used 350 total.”
One thing is for sure, everyone is ready to see winter end.
‘I will be glad when it’s over,” said Dodson.