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Rural residents are still digging out

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PITTSFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) -

While Quincy saw 6 inches of snow, residents in Pike County, Illinois are dealing with up to a foot of new snow and many are having a hard time getting around.

Jackie Hibbert lives off of a rural road and says during the winter it's hard getting out.

"You can tell not a lot of people live on this street here and lots of times we get trapped inside," said Hibbert.

Hibbert's family has lived in the same spot for 4 years and just recently bought a tractor to help them plow their driveway, something many rural residents rely on.

"Before we got a tractor we'd get stuck in every year," said Hibbert.

Pittsfield city crews say rural roads, especially gravel roads, are a lot harder to clear.

"There still not in real good shape yet but that's just natural. A gravel road, you're not going to get it as clear as fast," said Street Foreman Jeff Griggs.

Griggs says they've had all hands on deck trying to get the streets back to normal.

"We run 4 trucks, 2 loaders, a back-hoe, a grater, and we've got about 4 salt spreaders," said Griggs.

Griggs says his men have been working around the clock but plowing snow in Spring isn't something they're used to.

"We really hope this is the last one we have to deal with this year," said Griggs.

If you'd like to report snow covered roads in your area your asked to call the Pike County Highway Department at 217-285-4364.

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