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Langlade Co. workers help Shawano Co. during latest storm Submitted: 04/18/2018
Story By Allie Herrera

Langlade Co. workers help Shawano Co. during latest storm
LANGLADE COUNTY - "It was hard to see with the blowing and drifting," said Matt Frisch. "At times you were down to 10 [or] 12 miles an hour."

That's how he described parts of Shawano County this past weekend. 

Frisch works for the Langlade County Highway Department, but over the weekend, he was working in Shawano County. 


"We left Saturday night at 8 o'clock. We plowed all night and we were home at 4:30 in the morning," said Frisch. 

On Saturday, the Langlade County Highway Department spoke to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation about conditions in Shawano County. They then decided to send two men to help out. 

"It's a resourcing thing and not everybody is staffed to handle those size events so they all pull together to help each other out," said DOT Roadway Maintenance Engineer Nick Vos.

Frisch along with another worker plowed Highway 29 between Marathon and Brown counties overnight. It's the first time in years the Langlade County Highway Department has sent workers to help. 
 
"[We] understand the needs there and we hadn't had as much snow at the time as them and were able to work it out with our crews to help them out," said Langlade County Highway Commissioner Brian Braun. 

Frisch says it was clear Shawano County needed assistance and he's glad he was able to help. 

"To keep 29 open, they needed us. Their guys needed sleep also," said Frisch. 

The Forest County Highway Department helped Langlade County while the two workers were gone. 

Newswatch 12 tried reaching out to the Shawano County Highway Department and emergency management on Wednesday about conditions, but didn't hear back.


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