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Winter Watch: Response times of officials during winter weather questioned

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As some roads begin to reopen there are questions about the response from transportation officials.

Did they react soon enough and did they have enough material to keep the roads and bridges passable?

The forgotten travelers in all this are in the truckers. A lot of them are stranded at the mercy of the weather - and they say it could have been handled a little better. Although SCDOT officials say they were ready and made the right decisions.

Tuesday made for a rough ride for a lot people including those who have seen it all.

With bridges and businesses closed many in the trucking industry, like Billy Spiles, are idle on Wednesday after a white-knuckle trip into the lowcountry.

"The roads were covered and you would see salt trucks, but they didn't start working until late last night because the roads were still covered," says Spiles.

A lot if the seasoned truckers like RJ from Virginia, took issue with the state's response.

"I don't believe South Carolina was prepared for it. They should have had more equipment to deal with this. It would have been better if they had the necessary equipment to deal with the ice."

Officials from SCDOT, like spokesperson James Law, say otherwise, saying they have enough salt and equipment and reacted appropriately given the situation.

 "No not at all-- we've got salt, we've got plenty of brine solution and sand. The salt trucks, they were delivering more salt when I left the office a while ago."

While the salt is still being spread on some area roads it may be too little too late for some such as RJ, who is forced to wait it out until the area is back open for business.

"I am done, everything is closed around here. My delivery is around the corner and I'm stuck."

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