Volunteers Struggle to Keep Ice Roads Clear - WBAY

Volunteers Struggle to Keep Ice Roads Clear

Oshkosh -

On the eve of the Otter Street fisheree a massive effort is underway by volunteers to keep the ice roads clear on Lake Winnebago.

It's been a challenge this winter with the excessive snowfall, strong winds, and frigid temperatures.

With thousands of people expected on the ice by early Saturday morning for the Otter Street Fisheree several trucks with plows are busy working on the roads to ensure their passable near Menominee Park in Oshkosh.

"We have miles of roads. We have a road that goes to Quinney, Stockbridge, Wendt's, Pipe, I mean there's a lot of miles of roads out there, and you have to maintain them a little bit. You know last weekend we pulled 27 people out that were stuck. So that's I mean that's if you get off the road a little bit, there's a good chance your going to get stuck," said John Nourse, of the Otter Street Fishing Club. 

Right now there's about a foot and half of snow covering the ice.

Because of the wind direction it's worse on the east shore near Stockbridge.

Don Herman of Sunk? Dive and Ice Rescue said,"So what's happening is you know you have 35 miles of lake, the wind can pick up and if you get two inches of snow and our roads act just like a snow fence. We go out the next day and they're completely plugged up and we have to put another road in. We've been putting new roads in every three to four days."

With more snow expected Saturday volunteer plow drivers barely have time to rest.

Last year we didn't have our bridges out yet. This year our bridges are out, so we're about three to four weeks ahead of what we're normally doing. So we're in for a long haul here," said Nourse. 

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