Officials say roads in Eastern Carolina still pose risks to drivers and school buses

Officials say roads in Eastern Carolina still pose risks to drivers and school buses

EASTERN CAROLINA - This week's winter storm is leaving a clean-up that is taking days to finish.

The storm left ice and snow on the roads, forcing crews at the Department of Transportation to work 24 hours to clean the streets up.

Crews have already cleaned up the main roads, but the biggest concern as of now are the secondary roads said Craven County Emergency Services Director, Stanley Kite.  He says these roads remain hazardous to drive on and pose serious safety risks.

"We've been pleading with public, if you don't have an emergency to where you have to be, please give the roads a little more time," Kite said.

Kite says emergency service crews have responded to more than 100 weather related crashes in Craven County since the winter mix started.

The condition of the secondary roads has been a factor school systems used to determine delays and cancellations.

Kite agrees that it is a an important, influencing factor.

"When looking at the condition of the secondary roads, that I've seen, where a lot of the buses have to travel, they really need to reassess and re-evaluate that [the decision for buses to be on the road] because I don't think even one or two degrees warmer is going to get rid of that ice or snow out there." Kite said.

The majority of schools in Eastern Carolina have issued delays or cancellations on Thursday because of the road conditions.

We spoke with a few parents to ask their thoughts about the school adjustments because of the snow. All of the parents we spoke with were supportive of schools airing on the side of caution.

"If you have to go make up days, you just have to make them up," said one parent. "It's better to do that than be out here unsafe."

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