Pretty, yes– but possibly dangerous conditions in McHenry County Thursday evening.
Safety and communication– a task emergency officials have been working on since a certain summer duration struck in 2011.
Tonight– different concerns: the county is 2/3 rural– opens roads can close quickly when the wind blows the way predictions are indicating. And with a wet, heavy fast driving snow– power lines become a serious concern.
At stake: electricity and water to hundreds of thousands of people. David Christensen’s biggest fear is the potential loss of power.
Right now 23 trucks are working 19 routes– salting and spraying beet juice to melt the ice lurking beneath the freshly fallen snow. The rain all day plays a major role when it comes to slippery surfaces.
McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nyrgen said “if you don’t have to drive, stay home, don’t drive.”
And whatever you do– have your cell phone and a charger handy.