The Northerner

GALLERY: Massive cleanup of snow won’t happen until tonight

Snow+plow+trucks+work+to+clear+roadways+on+campus.+NKU+was+closed+Monday%2C+Feb.+16+due+to+inclement+weather.
Back to Article
Back to Article

GALLERY: Massive cleanup of snow won’t happen until tonight

Snow plow trucks work to clear roadways on campus. NKU was closed Monday, Feb. 16 due to inclement weather.

Snow plow trucks work to clear roadways on campus. NKU was closed Monday, Feb. 16 due to inclement weather.

Carrie Crotzer

Snow plow trucks work to clear roadways on campus. NKU was closed Monday, Feb. 16 due to inclement weather.

Carrie Crotzer

Carrie Crotzer

Snow plow trucks work to clear roadways on campus. NKU was closed Monday, Feb. 16 due to inclement weather.

Carrie Crotzer and Tori Lentz

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






As snow continues to fall across the tri-state, maintenance workers at NKU are working to keep only the necessary roads and sidewalks on campus clear.

“Mainly right now we’re just maintaining, we’re not trying to do a massive cleanup,” Larry Blake, vice president of facilities management said. “We’re just trying to keep access around the dorms, the food service facilities, keeping access paths open and certainly the streets.”

Blake said facilities management crews will work to clear the entire campus tonight.

“We try to wait until the storm is about passed before we really do the heavy cleanup, so it’ll be sometime tonight and then we’ll do the heavy work tonight in preparation for classes in the morning,” Blake said.

Crews are focusing more of their efforts on plowing and shoveling the snow away as traditional salt is ineffective in below-freezing temperatures.

“Under a certain temperature, like 16 degrees, the salt technically doesn’t work, but we do use CMA [calcium magnesium acetate] so that’s another type besides sodium chloride. It’s similar to the material I believe that they use to de-ice airplanes,”John O’Neil, a turf specialist in the horticulture, roads and grounds department, said.

Maintenance workers are using a combination of shovels, brooms, Gators, Bobcats, snow plows and larger truck with salt bins to combat the snow.

According to campus police, there have been no reported accidents at NKU due to snowy conditions.

“There’s been several accidents around NKU. The reason we don’t have accidents is because everyone is pretty much doing what they’re supposed to, staying indoors, staying put,” Officer Dan Fern said. “Our main concern today is safety and if somebody gets stuck, to help them get back safely.”

Blake said the decision to close the university was made based on the level two snow emergency in Campbell County and the nature of the storm.

“The storm was just starting at 5 a.m. … But the projection was that we were going to get snow all day up to 12 inches,” Blake said. “We didn’t want to bring everyone in and then have them turn right back and go home.”

Late Monday afternoon Gov. Steve Beshear declared a State of Emergency for the Commonwealth so that local officials would have access to state resources to help with public safety and recovery efforts.

In the press release from Gov. Beshear’s office he stated, “This storm system is still dumping snow across much of the state and temperatures are forecast to drop further.  Some areas may see accumulation of up to 16 inches, making it one of the worst storms in recent memory. By declaring a state of emergency now for the entire state, we can deploy any needed state assistance, including National Guard troops if necessary, without delay.”

Campus police advised residents to stay off the roads, dress warmly and not leave campus unless there is an emergency.

Blake believes that if cleanup efforts go as planned the university will be open tomorrow.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Navigate Left
  • GALLERY: Massive cleanup of snow won’t happen until tonight

    News

    Local CEO to head Business College as interim dean

  • GALLERY: Massive cleanup of snow won’t happen until tonight

    News

    ‘Tampon Revolution’ to provide free products in NKU bathrooms

  • GALLERY: Massive cleanup of snow won’t happen until tonight

    Men's Basketball

    GALLERY: Norse defeat RedHawks at BB&T Arena

  • GALLERY: Massive cleanup of snow won’t happen until tonight

    News

    College students need to learn to love naps

  • GALLERY: Massive cleanup of snow won’t happen until tonight

    Arts & Life

    BCM hopes to destress students with pancakes

  • GALLERY: Massive cleanup of snow won’t happen until tonight

    Reviews

    REVIEW: the 1975’s new album dazzles

  • GALLERY: Massive cleanup of snow won’t happen until tonight

    News

    Finals Week: when are your NKU exams?

  • GALLERY: Massive cleanup of snow won’t happen until tonight

    Video

    WATCH- Nontraditional Students and Their Stories

  • GALLERY: Massive cleanup of snow won’t happen until tonight

    News

    Raising Cane’s opens on US 27

  • GALLERY: Massive cleanup of snow won’t happen until tonight

    Video

    WATCH- How Steely Library Can Get You Through Finals

Navigate Right
The Independent Student Newspaper of Northern Kentucky University.
GALLERY: Massive cleanup of snow won’t happen until tonight