Preparing For The Storm

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 12, 2008 at 12:36 AM EDT

The conditions are making for some dangerous roads out there tonight.

Highway departments around the area were working hard today to prepare for the winter storm.

Action News Reporter Caitlin Nuclo tells us what it takes to battle the elements.

The Vestal Highway Department prepared for the worst.

And for good reason.

What started as a rainy, wintry mix is now freezing, leaving a layer of slippery ice on the roads.

"We got plenty of salt, plenty of sand. The trucks got the plows on, wings on, chains on, all it is is getting in them and going," said Vestal Highway Superintendent Brock Leonard.

They hit the road early to get ahead of the storm.

The department anticipates a long night.

And expects to run through most of its sand and salt.

"We've got a lot of people to take care of and make sure they can get around on the roads," said Leonard. "The guys know it's coming, they are ready to work."

The Vestal Fire Department was also taking precautions against slick roads.

With the help of the highway department, they outfitted their tankers with some winter wear.

"We're putting chains on the trucks, four of the trucks two on one station, two on the other so if we get the ice that they are calling for we have the ability of getting the trucks up the hills," said Vestal Assistant Fire Chief Pat Mizener.

In order to respond to emergencies in time.

These trucks hold 2500 gallons of water.

"If you have a fire up in the hills where you don't have a fire hydrant, you count on these trucks," said Mizener.

And Vestal can count on both the highway and fire departments being prepared for whatever mother natures dishes out this winter.

"Don't worry we'll get it done," said Leonard.

"We've been awful lucky where we haven't had major calls but we like to be prepared for if we do," said Mizener.

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