The worst-case scenario Hardin County officials feared during last week’s snow event is now reality at the Hardin County Road Department.

According to a news release, employee shortages continue to rise at the Hardin County Road Department as a possible second snowstorm moves through the area over the weekend.

Since last week’s snowstorm, positive COVID cases among staff have emerged causing significant hurdles ahead.

“We have 10 positive COVID cases within our Road Department, to include all of our mechanics,” Deputy Judge-Executive Daniel London said in a news release. “In addition, we are down one dump truck, which was wrecked from last week’s snow event. It is not all bad news, however as we will utilize six experienced — most with past connections to county government — community members who volunteered to assist after last week’s event and employees from other departments are stepping up. We are fortunate to fill all positions due to the significant community response.”

The release said equipment shortages also continue to climb. With 12 available trucks, Hardin County Road Department has yet to receive their newest dump trucks, ordered a year-and-a-half ago. The new truck the county was due to receive last week was returned to the company to repair issues found during an initial inspection, the release said. The remaining five dump trucks are further delayed.

Hardin County Jailer Josh Lindblom is allocating experienced employees and inmates if needed for the potential snowstorm.

“We are able and willing to help out in any way we can,” Lindblom said in the release. “It’s great when you live and work in a county that can come together with strong leadership and dedicated individuals. I am deploying employees with large equipment experience and clearing all county government properties to ensure the road department can focus on the roadways.”

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