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State of emergency lifted in Shiawassee County

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(01/09/14) - The State of Emergency in Shiawassee County has been lifted, but the challenges are far from over.

Residents say they're frustrated because it seems like they can't get a break.

Being under a state of emergency has played a huge impact on the county's budget and their equipment.

"I don't remember snow like this since 1972, we had it way up above the cars," said Blanche Cesal, of Shiawassee County.

Shiawassee County road crews have been working more than 90 hours a week since the Christmas break.

Dean Welte, the managing director, says the county has already spent 20 percent of its winter budget trying to clear the roads.

"The hard part right now is getting cleaned up 'cause we know that it's only Jan. 9 and we're going to get a lot more snow so you have to anticipate that we're going to get more snow so in order to compensate for that we got to widen the roads, get the snow banks back so that if we get anymore snow, we got to accommodate for that," he said.

Welte says this cold weather is tough on the equipment because it causes the metal to break easily.

Crews are continuing to open all of the roads throughout the day but intersections in the rural parts of the county have been challenging to get through for drivers.

A lot of the rural areas may not get a lot of relief.

"The ice is still pretty bad, especially on some of the back roads," said Hailey Ergen.

The thought of being under a state of emergency twice in about three week is a scary thought for the people who live there; considering that it's only January.

"I've never seen it like this, there was like a lot of snow. The roads were completely drifted, like my boyfriend was actually standing on like five foot snow drifts," Ergen said.

Road crews are asking for your patience, they expect to be working throughout the beginning of next week to get the roads clear.

The county only has a winter budget of $1.2 million. So far, the county has spent $210,000.

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