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Crews clean up, salt after ice, snow

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Gazette Staff and Associated Press
December 3, 2007

If you didn’t shovel your driveway Sunday, you likely have a frozen mess today.


Today’s sunshine will help the salt that road crews are applying today, officials said.


Janesville and Rock County plow crews are doing minor cleanup today to add sand and salt in areas where slush and rain froze.


Snow plowing on the Interstate and around Rock County went “pretty normal” given the tricky storm that brought mixed precipitation and changing temperatures, Rock County Public Works Director Ben Coopman said.


Crews started on the Interstate at about 10 a.m. Saturday while crews started on state highways and county roads around 1 p.m., working until 8:30 p.m. Drivers returned for cleanup at 5 a.m. Sunday and finished by noon.


City crews started arterial and collector streets late Saturday morning before bringing full crews out at 6 p.m., said John Whitcomb, city operations director. Crews cleared the city by 8 a.m. Sunday.


Power was restored to the last of about 5,500 Alliant Energy customers by Sunday afternoon after the storm started icing power lines and bring trees down Saturday night, spokesman Scott Reigstad said.


Walworth County was hit the hardest with about 4,200 customers out of power during the storm’s peak between 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday, he said. About 800 customers in Beloit lost power while the area around Janesville, Milton and Edgerton saw about 350 customers without power.


At least three people died in traffic crashes on Wisconsin roads during the storm.


A Madison man died when his vehicle hit a semitrailer truck on the Interstate near DeForest, the State Patrol reported.


In the Mauston area, two crashes left two people dead on Interstate 90/94. Both drivers were going too fast for the conditions, said Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. Brad Altman. A driver lost control of a vehicle, crossed the median and hit two vehicles and a semitrailer truck. The car burst into flames, killing the driver, Altman said.


On the highway, traffic slowed to look at the crash, he said. A male driver there was going too fast, hit another semi and died, Altman said.



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