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Washington working quickly to remove ice

by Bryan Goettel

WASHINGTON (KWWL) - The sounds of chipping ice echoed through Washington the day after a winter storm left the town virtually encased in ice. In some cases, there were chunks nearly an inch or two thick.

"This isn't really that tough," said Washington resident Don Vittetoe.  "It's just winter."

Vittetoe works downtown. He spent much of his Friday trying to get the ice off his sidewalk.

"It's been fun because we can get underneath this stuff," Vittetoe said.  "I'm an old farmboy so I did this kind of work when I was young anyway."

It's been a different story for road crews.

"Some parts of the county it's doing real well," said roads superintendent Doug Mootart. "Other parts it's still thick."

Mootart says ice is much harder to deal with than snow. But there has been a silver lining with this storm. No reports of accidents or cars in the ditch.

"I was surprised it wasn't as slick as I expected," Mootart said.  "I think the sleet was kind of granular and give you a little bit of traction."

For road crews, businesses and residents of Washington, it's now a race against time to get off as much ice as possible. With frigid temperatures in the forecast this weekend, any ice left likely won't be going anywhere for a while.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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