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December 21, 2012

Winter preparations ready in case of snowstorm in Norman

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NORMAN —

Doshier said area charities have had cold weather precautions in place for almost month.

District 3 County Commissioner Rusty Sullivan said preparations for winter road treatment have been ongoing since earlier this year.

“I start gathering materials like sand in the summer, when it’s 100 degrees outside,” Sullivan said. “Thursday, I made sure we had all the trucks in place and sand is ready. We can respond and mobilize within 30 minutes.”

Sullivan said his major concern is drivers knowing which roads are safest, and he and his road crews prioritize routes based on building accessibility for emergency services, senior centers and schools, in that order. From there, it’s clearing the large grid east/west and north/south based on “major collectors” (high-traffic roads) and “minor collectors” (low-traffic roads).

“During the 2009 Christmas blizzard, we had all our district’s roads cleared within 24 to 36 hours, working 12-hour shifts round-the-clock. It would be nice for our county boys to stay in this Christmas, but we’re prepared and, of course, we’ll do whatever we have to,” Sullivan said.

Doshier said Food and Shelter is well-stocked with winter garments for those in need, but community members can still do their part.

“We ran out of blankets Wednesday night, so blanket donations are always helpful,” Doshier said. “Also, we can always use hot cocoa and coffee drinks to make people more warm/comfortable.”

 

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