Slick spots lingering on side roads

I-40 was clear Wednesday, but icy spots remain on secondary roads and in neighborhoods (Image courtesy NC DOT)

January 12, 2011 7:21:22 PM PST
Tired Department of Transportation workers got some help from Mother Nature Wednesday as the sun peeped out over central North Carolina.

While most major highways are clear, the DOT is tackling remaining trouble spots. Officials said ice remains on some secondary roads and in neighborhoods.

It's set up an ice hotline for people to report problems (919) 733-4768.

Due to the lingering conditions, Cumberland County, along with other counties, have announced they will operate on a 2-hour delay Thursday.

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The North Carolina Highway Patrol says two people have been killed after their vehicles hit slick patches on roads after this week's storm.

Officials did not immediately release the name of the 37-year-old man killed in a Forsyth County wreck Tuesday. Troopers said 32-year-old Paula Grant Woolard of Kinston died when she lost control of her pickup truck as she drove her 2-year-old daughter to a doctor's appointment on Tuesday.

ER doctors say slick sidewalks and drive ways that are in the shade and not getting any sunlight are also contributing to serious falls.

WakeMed says the number of people they see from falls has tripled in the past couple of days and Rex Hospital says they treated 30 patients from falls Wednesday morning alone.

Doctors are urging people to wear shoes with traction and to hold on to whatever they can to avoid a trip to the emergency room.

And as icy roads continue to cause problems, area body shops say they are bracing for what's yet to come.

Haddock Collision Center in Cary says they've been busy since the Christmas storm hit a few weeks back.

"We've seen quite a bit of business, especially at our front door," said Blake Farley.

Farley says he expects to see even more business in the next few days, not only from wrecks, but also from people damaging their vehicles during the de-icing process.

On Tuesday, the governor praised the DOT's efforts to clear the roads and said many crews have been working around the clock - some people for 36 hours straight.

Governor Perdue also talked about the toll the winter weather is taking on the state budget.

The DOT sets aside $30 million every year for snow and ice removal. Already, they've spent $26 million, but the governor says when it comes to clearing roads money will not slow them down.

While Raleigh-Durham International Airport is open and running normally, some flights have been cancelled thanks to problems at other airports. Passengers are encouraged to contact their airline to ensure their flight is departing on schedule.

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