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State crews assist smaller communities clear roadways

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Small towns such as Rogersville rely on assistance from state crews with clearing snow and ice from roadways. Small towns such as Rogersville rely on assistance from state crews with clearing snow and ice from roadways.
ROGERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Portions of eastern Lauderdale County saw a good amount of snowfall Wednesday night. Snow fell well past midnight, leaving them with four or more inches of snow in places like Rogersville and Greenhill.

Small towns such as those rely on assistance from state crews. In the case of Rogersville, the city does not own any plows or salt/sanding trucks. As soon as the roads get slick, they are at the mercy of the state department of transportation.

Police Chief Terry Holden said state crews responded quickly Wednesday night to help clear Highway 72 which runs through the middle of town. Holden said residents there know when conditions get bad – they just have to wait it out until things get better.

Dozens of volunteer first-responders stepped up to the plate Wednesday night to assist with any issues. Fortunately, city leaders said they had no major issues to report.

"Our fire department is one of the best," said Holden. "They work hand in hand with us and we do the same with them if they need assistance. They were out in full force last night and the state highway department got here real quick. Once I called in, they were here within 45 minutes and salted and grated the bridge and the highway," he said.

At last check, Rogersville had about 4.5 inches of snow. Down the road at Joe Wheeler State Park, totals came in closer to six inches.

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