Friday, February 26, 2010
During February’s two blizzards, the staff of the Division of Highway Services (DHS) worked 18 straight days, 24 hours a day to combat the storms, with only one break so staff could visit with their families on Sunday, February 14, Valentine’s Day. During DHS’ full mobilization, crews eat and sleep at the depots or even in their trucks and work non-stop until the roads are once again passable. What makes their efforts even more exceptional is the record winter season we’ve experienced: DHS has fully mobilized for 13 winter storm events between December 5 and February 25, including working Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
For the February storms, DHS rallied to commandeer resources throughout the region. They deployed an unprecedented 1,200 pieces of equipment – up from 550 for the December storm – to clear 900 miles of primary and secondary routes and 4,128 lane miles of residential roads. The County called in contractors from as far away as North Carolina and Florida to tackle the clean-up, reflecting County Executive Leggett’s determination to use whatever resources necessary to dig out county neighborhoods.
There are so many incredible stories of crews rescuing stranded motorists, fire trucks and PEPCO crews. They cleared paths to power lines so PEPCO could restore power, caretakers could get to disabled residents or residents could get medical assistance. DHS staff proved their incredible dedication to service and provided extraordinary efforts to aid the public in a situation that was challenging and difficult for all.
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