Snow removal policy thrown out the window for winter storm

People in Callaway County are concerned if they call for help, that roads will not be clear enough for rescue crews to reach them.

A new snow removal policy has some residents angry and concerned for their safety.

Unlike previous storms, Mid-Missurians may see the snow fall for 12 to 18 hours with blowing and drifting snow for even longer.

But Callaway County's snow removal policy states crews won't start plowing the snow until after the snowfall has stopped.

That has county residents like Susan Sexton concerned.

"As a taxpayer obviously I want the roads cleared as soon as possible so I can get to work, Callaway County resident Susan Sexton said. I hope they can put their best foot forward and maybe those policies can be bended on this particular issue for the next couple of days."

The county's been under pressure since the last snow storm when residents called our newsroom and left comments on our web site, calling the roads horrible.

"We had fire trucks stuck, we had people stuck, the roads blocked, and we couldn't get out our place even with chains on our wreckers for 2 hours," Tow Pro Owner Eddie Stafford said.

The Callaway County Commission said the snow removal policy will be pretty much thrown out the window for this winter storm because they expect the roads to be very slick.

"We're going to have to go when we think it's time to go, and that's pretty much going to be from the time it starts snowing. We are going to get out there and make sure the hills are passable, Callaway County Commissioner Gary Jungermann said. We'll start pushing snow when there's an adequate amount of snow on the road to push off."

Jungermann said road crews are preparing for the worst.

He said some will even be out at night in case of an emergency.

"We're going to have a few men stick around for a night routine. Basically those guys are going to be hitting some roads, but they will be out mostly for emergency situations, whether it's a medical emergency, a fire, or whatever it might be, Jungermann said.

Jungerman said the policy is not set in stone and will be reviewed at the end of the year.

Tell us what you think of your county's road crews. Do you think they do a great job clearing snow on your roads?