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Comanche Co. Road Crews Working Hard in Winter Conditions

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LAWTON Okla_ This latest winter storm still has county road crews working overtime and at all times of the day and night.

Since it has hit so early in the season, there's some concern and questions about whether they'll have enough of that snow-sand mixture to last through the winter. Snow, sleet and ice have swept through the state of Oklahoma, forcing crews from all over to do everything they can to clear roads. Crews around the Tulsa area have already gone through one-third of their supplies of sand and salt.

7News wanted to know how Comanche County's supply is holding up, and what we can expect if our winter continues to be white. County roads are some of the most difficult roads to clear after a winter storm. Less manpower with more area makes clearing them a tougher task, especially when the highest temperature we've reached since the storm is 33 degrees.

Comanche County Commissioner Don Hawthorne said his district alone has already stockpiled 700 tons of sand to clear roads, and there is a lot of work to be done.

"Of our 700 tons that we have got we have probably used 500, over 500 tons," Hawthorne said.

With just under 200 tons left, it seems like a problem, but lucky for the county they have a vendor nearby. Hawthorne said with winters as unpredictable as this, they can get down here. They get the sand in bunches, so they take as needed. That could lead to one problem, though.

"If we had another ice storm, then we couldn't get to where we get the sand," Hawthorne said. "As long as we have some clear days and nice days, we can go restock our supply."

Hawthorne said there is a lot of work still to be down in the county and has already been contacted by schools about opening up Tuesday, causing crews to hit other areas.

"We'll try to catch the bus routes," Hawthorne said. "We've been up to school sanding some of their parking lots and areas."

The Public Works Director of Duncan said they have had to order more sand but as of now, it doesn't look like a threat of supply shortage, and the same goes for Lawton.

The early storms have not affected the supply in Altus. However, they do not use sand or salt. They lay down limestone chips to clear the ice off their roads.

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