Ferry operations have restarted across the Neuse River after more than a two and a half day shut down due to the recent winter storm.
“We’re back on schedule, routine runs five o’clock this morning,” said Sue Kinner, operations manager at the Cherry Branch/Minnesott Ferry at the Neuse River.
“My boat crews are out there clearing the ramp with a back hoe right now,” Kinner said.
The 20-minute runs across the Neuse River halted at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday as the winter storm moved in bringing heavy sleet and snow.
“As soon as it started, those decks were iced over,” said crew member Tom Springle, of Harkers Island.
Springle was one of the crew from the Ferry Lupton that was spraying salt water on the metal ramp on the Minnesott side to clear ice away Friday morning.
“We’ve had nothing but glare ice here. It’s been three inch thick glare ice,” Kinner said.
Chief Engineer Elbert Jones said that about three inches of ice and snow had fallen on the ferries through the storm and it all had to be removed before operations could be restarted.
“Maintenance cleaned them off yesterday. They beat it with a rubber hammer and sprayed it with the fire hose and used shovels,” Jones said.
The ferries Neuse and Lupton were making runs on the normal schedule on Friday.
Bettie Sue Purifoy is one of the crew members on the Lupton.
“Now we got to deal with the fog and it looks like it is pretty thick,” Purifoy said during the 8:30 a.m. crossing Friday morning. “We go from one extreme to the other.”