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Local Mayors Talk Storm Preps

By: Abbie Schrader Email
By: Abbie Schrader Email

A number of mayors from cities all around the Mid Ohio Valley were on a conference call Friday morning with the National Weather Service to learn what to expect with the winter storm coming Sunday.

With freezing rain throughout much of the day on Sunday before changing into snow Sunday evening, not only are the roads going to be an issue but according to the National Weather Service, with the weight of the ice and snow on power lines, many outages are possible with this storm.

Mayor Bob Newell of Parkesrburg says as soon as the ice and snow begin to fall, the salt trucks and plows will be ready to go. Even though salt has been hard to come by this year, there will be enough for this storm.

"We get all the hills first all over the city and then we start putting it down at intersections about twenty feet back from the intersections where people can get stopped. But the rest of the streets we'll be doing some plowing if in fact the snow is that deep", says Newell.

Mayor Newell says there are over 300 miles of roads throughout Parkersburg and there's no way to get salt on every single part of every road but the crews will be out working to make them safe.

Mayor Lorentz of Belpre and Mayor Matthews of Marietta both say their cities also prepared.

There's only so much that can be done until the snow actually hits but each mayor says the cities are ready for it. And they're also ready for this winter to be over with completely.


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