Eau Claire County (WQOW)- Old Man Winter hit hard last February and March, forcing the Eau Claire County Highway Department to run into the red. Officials say they're applying the lessons they learned this year.
Already this winter, Eau Claire has picked up nearly 44 inches of snow, just three inches away from the average for an entire winter.
Eau Claire County Highway Commissioner Jon Johnson said the Highway Department has been working to improve communication and the way it uses its resources since last year's record-setting February.
"Our employees are working multiple shifts over, and over, so it's essential to have that communication," Johnson said. "Where is our drifting happening? How do we continue the proper level of service for these events that take multiple days rather than an evening or an afternoon?"
Johnson said county officials are working to make sure they are being budget conscious to make sure they have enough money to keep roads plowed through the rest of the year.