County crews out plowing roads in response to heavy snowfall

VANCOUVER – Road crews are out in force this morning plowing county roads after a big snowstorm blanketed much of the region with more than a half foot of snow.

As of 5:30 a.m. today, Clark County Public Works had about 30 pieces of equipment working the roads. Most crews were plowing, although some employees were responding to fallen trees and other problems.

The area from Hazel Dell north to Ridgefield seems to have some of the heaviest accumulations, with a foot of snow and even deeper drifts reported in some areas.

As of 5:30 a.m. today, Clark County Public Works had about 30 pieces of equipment working the roads. Most crews were plowing, although some employees were responding to fallen trees and other problems. Video by Andi Schwartz.

County road maintenance workers were called out Tuesday evening after snow started falling. Some have been out all night during the biggest winter storm to hit the region in years.

Crews are focusing their response on plowing arterials and other major thoroughfares. With temperatures remaining at or below freezing, crews are expected to provide around-the-clock response to what is already being described as a historic winter storm.

Residents are urged to travel only if necessary since residential streets are covered in deep snow. Drivers should expect difficult conditions and allow plenty of time to reach their destinations.

Specific problems, such as fallen trees or limbs blocking roads outside city limits, can be reported to Public Works at (360) 397-2446. Downed power lines should be reported to Clark Public Utilities at (360) 992-8000.

More information on the county’s winter weather preparation and response is available on the county’s website at www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/winter-snow-and-ice.

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Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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