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Wicomico County Back Roads Remain Dangerous

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Wicomico Co. Md.- 500 miles of Wicomico County roads are not getting salted and remain dangerous to drive on. And plows can only move snow off the roads; they can't scrape up the ice already on them.   

Lee Outen of Wicomico County Roads tells WMDT that with over 700 miles of road to take care of county wide, a small budget for salting, and a staff of only 26 field personnel, they're doing the best they can.  200 miles of main roads, such as Beaglin Park Drive and Civic Avenue, do receive salting.  And as far as plowing, the county aims to go over every mile of county road at least once, which takes an average of ten to twelve hours.

Local driving instructor Dianna Rucker-Dennis says, if you are traveling on these back roads and lose control behind the wheel, do not pump your breaks.  Instead she says to stomp and stay on your breaks, steer your wheel and look your eyes in the direction you want to go in.  

Thankfully, the Wicomico County Sheriff's office says they have only had two accidents reported Wednesday morning through 6 p.m. Wednesday evening.  Sergeant Kelly Matthews attributes this to people heading warnings, and staying indoors.  He does still recommend not driving Wednesday and Thursday if possible.  However, if you must drive, remain cautious, keep kitty litter and a blanket in your trunk, and always keep your cell phone charged in case you need to make an emergency call.

Wicomico County Roads says, if you feel your road has not been plowed, give them a call at 410 548 4872.

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