City department heads detail last weekend's endeavors

Thursday, March 29, 2018

During the winter storm event of Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25, reports indicated that Greencastle received 6.5 to 8.0 inches of snow in addition to freezing rain and rain Saturday morning.

City of Greencastle Department of Public Works crews started work at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday and ended their work at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Working in shifts, crews plowed more than 48 miles of streets and applied 102 tons of salt.

The Department of Public Works was assisted by the staff of the Parks and Recreation Department and the staff of Forest Hill Cemetery. Crews also cleared six public parking lots and the adjoining sidewalks.

In addition to snow removal, Greencastle Utilities orchestrated repairs of a large water line break on Albin Pond Road that was called in at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

On Friday evening for a brief period and intermittently on Saturday, power went out at the water treatment plant. On Friday, the plant's emergency generator kicked in and service was maintained. On Saturday, the very brief power outages required a reset of the control system. The standpipe south of the city has sufficient capacity to provide water for several hours.

As a result of the snow, a county-declared travel warning, and the fact that many residents wisely stayed home, the city's public safety services had a relatively quiet weekend.

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