Kansas begins to dig out

By: Phil White Email
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SALINA, Kan. -- In the areas hardest-hit by this week's winter storm, a day without snow meant a day digging out, despite sub=zero wind chills.

The winter storm moved on from the Salina area overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, leaving behind a foot of snow in some places.

Bryan Long cleared the sidewalk outside of his business a couple of times Tuesday. He was right back on the sidewalk in front of Longshot Enterprises shoveling again Wednesday morning.

He was a bit short-handed.

"I've had probably half our staff call in already, saying they're going to be late," Long said. "Of course, schools are closed and day cares are closed, so we have a lot of people coming in late or not making it."

Across Salina, people spent the day digging out, either by shovel or by snow blower. Among them were Dennis Gress and his boss.

"Between me and him, we've got probably 30 or 40 places to do," Gress said.

He made enough headway to head back indoors by about noon. Long said, there's no use in complaining about the cold temperatures and the snow.

"Mother Nature makes things difficult for us sometimes, but that's alright," he said. "We keep plugging away."

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