LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Employee shortages within the Hardin County Road Department brought on by positive COVID-19 tests have made for a "worst-case scenario," County Judge/Executive Harry Berry said Friday.
In a news release, Berry said as snow is expected to move across Kentucky over the weekend, 10 positive COVID-19 tests will cause "significant hurdles ahead."
"In addition, we are down one dump truck, which was wrecked from last week's snow event," Deputy Judge/Executive Daniel London said. "It is not all bad news however as we will utilize six experienced -- most with past connections to county government -- community members who volunteered to assist after last week's event and employees from other departments are stepping up. We are fortunate to fill all positions due to the significant community response."
The county also said it's yet to receive its six new dump trucks, which were ordered 18 months ago.
Six people from the community had volunteered to drive trucks. In order to further deal with the issues, Hardin County Jailer Josh Lindblom said "experienced employees and inmates" are available to help with the storm.
"I am deploying employees with large equipment experience and clearing all county government properties to ensure the road department can focus on the roadways," Lindblom said.
"We are again asking for patience and grace as we fight this snowstorm," said London. "We are facing unprecedented challenges before the snow even arrives this round rather than the potential for challenges during the snowstorm we anticipated last week."
Charlie Wise lives on the eastern side of Hardin County and jumped at the plow volunteer opportunity.
"I'm not a young person anymore, but I can get in that truck and take it down the road," said Wise.
The possibility of saving lives and keeping neighbors safe is why he, like many others, agreed to do it.
"Most people choose the roads in the areas they live in,” Wise explains. “I'm okay with any of them."
Wise has a CDL license unlike some of the other volunteer plow drivers and mentions once having a Interstate 65 plowing contract for two years.
He will be driving one of the bigger trucks, while the smaller ones are reserved for volunteers with a regular license.
"I'm going to go out there and work the best of my ability,” said Wise. “We need safe roads."
The county is asking people for patience since volunteers won't know the snow routes as well as the regular employees. To see Hardin County's snow removal routes, click here.
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