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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Streets clear, weather may not be

  • Streets throughout Saline County should be cleared Friday following Wednesday morning's heavy post-Christmas snowstorm.
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  • Streets throughout Saline County should be cleared Friday following Wednesday morning's heavy post-Christmas snowstorm.
    Rick Brown, street superintendent for Harrisburg, said, "The main streets are excellent as of Thursday and the side streets are good. We are working on clearing the driveways that were blocked (by plowing) and we are clearing the alleys.
    "People need to be patient," he said. "We are working with the resources that we have. We worked round the clock last night. By the end of Friday the town will be clear if we don't get more snow."
    Johnnie Bob James, street superintendent for Eldorado, said,"The streets are very much improved, the main roads are clear as are most of the sides. Tomorrow we should be completely clear."
    Saline County Highway Department Foreman Richard Simpson said, "My guys have done a really good job. We are 98 per cent clear. Tomorrow we will be finishing Dewey Road and the north end of Raleigh Chapel Road."
    Saline County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Allan Ninness said he had received no reports of any building collapses due to the snow. A December 2004 snowstorm involving a foot of snow collapsed several pole barns in the area.
    Weather reports indicate a strong chance of precipitation on Friday through Saturday morning with an addition 1 to 3 inches of snow and possible sleet for southeastern Illinois. If that precipitation involves any freezing rain there could be travel issues.

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