Local officials are assessing damages to area roadways after major snow storms a couple weeks ago.


Local officials are assessing damages to area roadways after major snow storms a couple weeks ago.
McLoud City Manager Larry Dillon said the city has found some problem areas.
There are a couple spots where heavier vehicles have caused problems, such as the entrance to Wes Watkins Reservoir, but the city has had no major problems, he said.
“Our biggest problem was our road grader broke down,” Dillon said.
Melissa Dennis, Pottawatomie County commissioner for District No. 1, said the county is still assessing damage to roadways and making repairs as they are found. “Some damage won’t show up for quite a while,” she said. “We’re just trying to go back over the dirt roads... and add more gravel. There are quite a few of those.” County crews have been working since the day after the first snow storm to find and fix problems within her district, Dennis said, including fighting some heavy drifts of snow right after the snow stopped falling. “They had to just guess where the edge of the road was, those drifts were so deep,” Dennis said. Another problem Dennis said the county has noticed is tinhorns have become stopped up because of excess debris in them. The county is still figuring total costs for the second storm and has submitted cost estimates for the first storm to Shawnee/Pottawatomie County Emergency Management Director Don Lynch, who is submitting all costs to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Costs may be reimbursed by FEMA. “It was a learning experience for me,” Dennis said, adding this was her first major event since taking office in January.