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Published January 05, 2011, 08:11 AM

Roads Still Slick In Otter Tail County

FARGO, ND (WDAY TV)- People in Otter Tail County are battling an icy mess. Rain followed by dropping temperatures and a blizzard turned roadways as slick as an ice rink. And worse yet, there's no quick fix. Myron Graff is in his 29th year with the county. He says clearing ice off of roads is a repetitive, tedious job.

FARGO, ND (WDAY TV)- People in Otter Tail County are battling an icy mess. Rain followed by dropping temperatures and a blizzard turned roadways as slick as an ice rink. And worse yet, there's no quick fix.

Myron Graff is in his 29th year with the county. He says clearing ice off of roads is a repetitive, tedious job.

"[I’m] getting that loose stuff off right now, then I'm putting salt on it as I go so when I come back the next time it should be in pretty good shape. It'll take awhile to get it to bare tare but just got to work at it,” said Graff.

He’s aiming for the center line with the salt brine. Getting that section clear gives drivers in both directions two wheels on the pavement.

"It'll start working its way out once you get the center bare, then it's just a matter of time and you'll have the rest of it off," he said.

The county has 26 drivers. Together they cover more than 1,000 miles of roadway. The workers say it'll take at least a week and a half before the roads are back to normal.

"Timing is everything as far as putting product down, so when we probably should have been out there we couldn't see, so we had to pull in and wait until it got safe for the drivers," said Maintenance Supervisor Dallas Grewe.

A two day storm that will effect drivers for weeks to come.

Parts of Otter Tail County received 16 inches of snow over the weekend.

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