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63 Weather Calls in 24 Hours Slam Sheriff's Deputies

WASHINGTON COUNTY, AR -- Sheriff's deputies are feeling the aftermath of February's first batch of winter weather.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, AR -- Sheriff's deputies are feeling the aftermath of February's first batch of winter weather.

"If you don't absolutely have to go out on the roads, just stay home," said Deputy David Melancon.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are stating the obvious after receiving more than 63 weather-related calls in 24 hours. Cars caught in the middle of the winter storm were left stranded and snowy streets sent some sliding.

"It just happened so quick. We went from yesterday morning, no precipitation and everything was great and then just a few hours later we had a significant amount of snow... If you come upon a curve or a certain area and you see a bunch of cars on the side of the road, it's probably a good idea not to go continue because they're in the ditch for a reason."

Icy hills are hard to navigate for folks regardless of front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The sheriff's deputies have four-wheel vehicles, but still slide on the slick streets.

"It's just as hard for us to drive around as it is everyone else, so we still have to take our time."

Running rural routes and helping neighboring cities when necessary, winter weather is putting a strain on the department and many deputies are ready for the season to change.

"We're looking forward to Spring."

Check the Washington County Sheriff's Office Facebook page for road condition updates.






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