Many Indiana communities still digging out from big snow

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The clean-up from Wednesday’s snow storm is taking longer in some places than others, with some Indiana counties receiving as much as a foot of snow.

Thursday, Fox59 saw several stretches of road with large patches of slush and snow, even on state highways, like State Road 44 between Shelbyville and Franklin.

In Johnson County, officials are evaluating the conditions to see if the county needs to remain under a travel watch.

“We had a blizzard,” said Stephanie Sichting, Johnson Co. EMA director. “We had almost a foot of snow here, so you have to give us time to get them all cleared off.”

But officials admit, it’s not an easy task.

“There’s a lot of snow to clear, and there’s not a whole lot of room to put it,” Sichting said, adding that it could take until at least late Friday before all the roads are cleared.

The interstates have also continued to pose problems for drivers, with traffic backing up on southbound Interstate 65 all day long – a combination of increased traffic and slick spots left over from Wednesday’s snow.

“It’s kind of stop and go, and we can’t figure out what’s happening,” said Jean Potter, who was trying to drive from Michigan to Tennessee.

“It is kind of slippery,” said driver Julie Davidson. “We saw some vehicles off the side of the roads.”

“Moving along at 65 or 70 (mph), and all of a sudden, it sneaks up on you,” said driver Nick Owens. “Everybody hits the brakes, and starts a chain reaction.”

In Shelby County, a snow plow driver suffered minor injuries after his truck flipped over on a snowy county road this morning.

“You just can’t tell where the road is,” said Mike Schantz, Shelby County EMA director. “He slid off the road, and onto the side of his truck.”

Officials said they were also concerned about the possibility of roads re-freezing with colder temperatures on the way.

“It will refreeze if they don’t clear it all the way down to the pavement,” Sichting said.

“It’s going to take a while because of the temperatures,” said Schantz. “This is not going to melt very fast.”

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