Snow, sleet, and freezing rain conspired to create dense ice on Eastern Kentucky roads throughout Sunday night and Monday morning.
Numerous businesses and facilities in Floyd County were forced to close on Monday.
“Hopefully, it will not hurt us economically, but that’s always the case when people are not able to travel and get out and spend their money as they normally do,” said Floyd County Judge-Executive R. D. “Doc” Marshall. “I think, by and large, we’ll be okay.”
Road crews with Highway District 12 began their work at 7 p.m. Sunday evening, attempting to preempt the severe weather. Despite these efforts, continued heavy snow and low temperatures stayed one step ahead of the plows and salt.
Then, on Monday night, any progress made by the road salt was refrozen by temperatures in the low single digits.
Sara George, information officer with District 12, says that the district still has plenty of salt for upcoming weather events, and they expect to take delivery of even more in the coming days. District 12, which oversees the maintenance of state and federal roads in Floyd, Johnson, Pike, Martin, Knott, Lawrence and Letcher counties, has accounted for 8 percent of Kentucky’s highway care expenditures as of Feb. 27.
Floyd County, on the other hand, is struggling. The length and intensity of this winter has strained the salt supply for the county road crews. “I think we’re down to almost nothing. We started out with about 200 tons,” Marshall said. “Pretty much all of that has been used.”
The storm front, dubbed “Titan” by The Weather Channel, was the same winter storm that dropped snow in Denver, Colo., resulting in a 104-car pileup on Interstate 25 on Saturday that left one dead and 30 injured.