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Freezing rain created slick commute Tuesday morning in Washington County

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Posted at 12:21 PM, Jan 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-17 13:27:08-05
Freezing rain Tuesday morning is making for slick conditions on roads and sidewalks in Washington County. 
 
"This is awful," said Megan Camin, who was out walking her dog in West Bend. "As soon as I got out of the front door, I slipped. It's like a sheet of ice.It's almost like skiing, because (the dog) is pulling me across the ice."
 
Ronald Schmidt, who walks four or five blocks to work in West Bend, said he slipped twice on the trek Tuesday morning. 
 
"Be very careful out here," Schmidt said.  
Doug Neumann, the City of West Bend's Public Works Director, said crews have been out salting the municipality's roads for the last 24 hours. 
 
"We treat our main roads first, and concentrate on them, and then we treat our secondary streets with salt also," Neumann said. 
 
He added city employees, most of them from the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, spent time salting sidewalks on Tuesday. But Neumann said the freezing rain often renders some of the salt useless. The rain can wash away salt before it freezes over. 
 
"We've been applying salt, but it's a continuous struggle with the rain," Neumann said. "Of the city's 20 salt trucks, 15 remained out on the roads this morning."
 
He added they would continue treating the roadways until the rain stopped or the ground warmed up enough to thaw the existing ice.