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State officials continue to work tirelessly through weather

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - With back-to-back winter weather events -- state officials have been tirelessly working to keep us safe on the roads.

It's a big inconvenience for everyone when roads are closed and driving conditions are bad, but that is just another work day for the men and women of the state who work to keep us safe.

The DOTD and state police have been tested during these back-to-back winter storm events.

"In recent years we haven't had anything like this, and it definitely does tire our crews. You know we have a lot of instances where our guys are taking 50 pound sacks and manually cutting them open by hand and loading small salt spreaders. They're doing that for 12 hour shifts end-to-end and for several days in a row," said Troy Roussell of the DOTD.

Regardless, both are prepared for whatever comes their way.

"We are used to situations like this; either hurricane evacuations or ice storms or Christmas parades or whatever. We're used to this kind of--these kind of events. All these men and women out there on the roads are seasoned and they've seen events like this and worked events like this," said Trooper Scott Moreau.

While they prepare to battle the winter weather now, they are starting to prepare for next year by gathering supplies.

"We're looking to get better equipped to handle winter weather events and purchasing some additional equipment that will assist us with that, as well as increasing our inventories that we keep of salt," said Roussell.

"With Facebook, Twitter, Nixle; all those types of different avenues for information. We're able to get our message out really really quick and who knows probably save a life," said Moreau.

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