Kids play a modified game of basketball in Knightdale. (Steve Sbraccia, WNCN)
KNIGHTDALE, N.C. -
As DOT crews worked hard Wednesday to clear roads, folks in
neighborhoods around the area balanced clean-up with snow-related fun
Construction equipment was pressed into service Wednesday by
the Department of Transportation to help clear the snow and ice -- but the ice
wasn't confined to the roads.
It was so cold that the salt treatment froze up inside some
DOT trucks WNCN encountered, forcing their drivers to fix the problem.
"You salt the road, then you let it work, then salt it
again," explained DOT supervisor David Pleasants as he broke up the salt
in the DOT truck. "During the process, if it stays in there too long it'll
freeze up and this is the only way to get it out."
Until those secondary roads could be cleared, walking was
the best way to travel. On other roads, folks were four-wheeling as best as
"Sometimes it slides out from under you," said
Mike Prevost, who was driving an ATV. "Just take it slow and easy."
With schools canceled and many business closed, many
neighbors were working together to get the roads and driveways into some sort
of drivable condition.
"I'm helping a neighbor out. I put the kids to work as
well," said Steve Minter as he helped clear a neighbor's driveway.
"So we'll knock our yard out next."
But not everyone worked on their day-off -- there was plenty
of sledding being done, snow angels being made and basketball being played.
"You got to find the ice on the ground," some kids
playing basketball said. "It makes it bounce like it's regular