Posted on February 24, 2014
So far this year, the Wheaton College buildings and grounds crew has used 250 tons of rock salt, 2,000 bags of ice melt (50 pounds each) and responded to 19 snow or ice-related storms (double the amount during the same time frame last winter).
It is clear that this winter season has been a challenging one, not only testing our tolerance, but also eating away at supplies used to keep walkways, parking lots and roads clear of ice.
Because of the repeated storms and the high demand for salt and ice melt, there are extreme shortages of supplies locally, statewide, as well as throughout the northeast region.
Our crews here will continue their herculean efforts to remove snow and ice. From this point on, we will use sand as well as ice melt to make the most efficient use of supplies. The safety of our campus community is of utmost importance.
We also want to remind all to take care when walking about the campus during periods of freezing and thawing, and during storms, which can cause walkways and parking lots to be slippery.
Let’s hope that groundhog is wrong and that we see an early spring.