Ice and snow continue to cause danger in Virginia Beach

Posted at 2:11 PM, Feb 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-19 16:06:50-05

Virginia Beach, Va. - The ice and snow are still making it dangerous out there for drivers.

The big concern -- re-freezing.

A Virginia Beach city truck drives down an icy Monmouth Lane, but uses none of its sand or salt to treat the road. Unfortunately, it's the main street that Wes Drumheller uses to get to Kempsville Rec Center.

"They could put a man on the moon. It seems to me they can come up with some kind of idea to get these streets back out here," he says.  "There's a good inch of solid ice when my tires are turning, I tend to slide."

Public Works officials say they don't have the resources to treat neighborhoods, nor is it practical.

"A lot of the streets aren't built to allow a snow plow to come down, it's just too narrow, particularly these streets where people park on the street. If we went down and started clearing streets, we would probably have more problems than we do not doing it - we'd be damaging cars," says Drew Lankford of Virginia Beach Public Works.

Crews are still working 24 hours a day to treat primary and secondary roads. Just a few miles away, Kempsville Road, which is a primary road, is clear and dry -- unlike the back roads Drumheller uses to make it there.

"They ought to hire someone to do it. Unemployment right now isn't all that good, I'm sure they could find somebody," Drumheller says.

Crews will still be working around the clock on Thursday, mainly using salt and sand to try to get rid of the black ice.