HUNTERSVILLE – A snowstorm that swept through Huntersville on Feb. 12-13 left seven to nine inches of snow on the ground throughout the area, making travel difficult.
That’s far from a common occurrence in the lake area, but town leaders believe Huntersville handled the snowstorm better than was expected. Some staff spent the first day of the snowstorm working 12 to 14 hours on brining, salting and then plowing local roads.
Ice didn’t make things any easier, but Town Manager Greg Ferguson said the town’s hard work paid off.
“We were more prepared than ever for a storm like this,” he said, “but we still have some things we can take from it and learn.”
It's hard to be perfectly prepared for a snowstorm when they're so infrequent, Ferguson added. Still, he figures the town learned it can plan ahead even more for the next time a storm hits Huntersville.
Towns across the state requested help from the N.C. Department of Transportation during the storm, which immobilized people throughout the region. Not everyone got their problems solved, due to the NCDOT’s constant influx of requests.
Huntersville’s workers deserve credit for making the best of a situation that’s hardly been a problem in recent years, Ferguson added. Snowstorms of a significant magnitude don’t happen often in the lake area.
“We had two trucks working all day (Feb. 12) on major roads, just to clear them up, going from brine to salt to plowing,” Town Engineer/Public Works Director Max Buchanan said. “Greg was invaluable for us, as well.”
Commissioners at the Feb. 17 town board meeting credited the town’s public safety organizations for making a big difference.
“Our fire department, police department and fire and rescue squads did an excellent job over the course of the week,” Commissioner Melinda Bales said. “Public Works put in countless hours, but I’ll say, Huntersville residents noticed.”
Public Works staff continued to work on snow removal and clean up from the storm, as well as the cleanup, maintenance and repair to equipment used Feb. 12-14, according to Bobby Williams, Ferguson’s assistant.
The town wrapped up all its storm-related work the afternoon of Feb. 18.
“We learned from it,” Buchanan said. “We may need to upgrade some of our equipment, particularly our plows (in the future). We think we’ll be even more ready the next time a storm comes.”