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Outagamie County prepares for winter

Outagamie County Highway Department sign, December 6, 2017. (WLUK)

TOWN OF VANDENBROEK (WLUK) -- A few flurries were flying in Little Chute Wednesday morning.

But inside Outagamie County's Highway Department, officials were preparing for when it's more than just flurries.

"We bring in law enforcement, emergency government, and the county highway department and we sit down and talk about getting ready for winter -- how we communicate with each other throughout the storm," said Outagamie County Highway commissioner, Dean Steingraber.

Items including parking and towing bans were discussed, to make sure everyone is on the same page during severe winter weather.

"Here in the Fox Cities, we have a lot of different communities going from one community to the next and it's kind of nice to do it in a coordinated effort. And sometimes the county can lead that," Steingraber said.

Randy Roloff is the county's patrol superintendent and spends most of his time out on the roads during snow storms.

He says preparation now prevents headaches later on.

"We're talking about when we get a major snow storm, when's the tow ban gonna be called, just so all the departments are on the same page so we don't have one agency out there towing vehicles and causing more of backup, which causes more accidents. Things like that," Roloff said.

It's not just official entities who can help each other do their jobs effectively.

Roloff says by driving for the conditions, the public can avoid accidents and keep road clearing efforts on schedule.

"My trucks are stuck in that traffic as well so that means we gotta pull resources from other sections to come out there and take care of the areas that we can get at. So it's not only just that truck that's affected, it's numerous other places that we pull resources from," Roloff said.

And while it's just flurries now, it's only a matter of time before the plows will be needed in full force.


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