Clearing the Roads

By Erika Mahoney

December 27, 2012 Updated Dec 27, 2012 at 12:43 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For local plowers, winter storms mean busy nights.

Work for employees at the Johnson City Department of Works started as soon as the snow began to fall Wednesday.

Their priority was to get salt on the roads for people returning home from work.

Drivers took multiple trips back and forth to the salt barn on Brown St. to help make sure everyone got home safely.

The rest of the night was all about plowing.

Employees said it's important to avoid driving during snow storms not only for personal safety, but for their safety too.

"Stay off the road, let us do our job," said Roland Smith, Dept. of Public Works. "It makes it a lot easier. I just had a hard time going up Oakdale because there are so many cars all over the place."

Smith added a good way to avoid unnecessary driving is to stop and ask yourself if the trip out is crucial.

For some, like Smith, driving is inevitable.

A mail carrier for Owego said she tries to shovel a few times before going to bed to cut down on morning shoveling.

"I'm used to the snow, but there's a lot of ice underneath the snow, so that makes it rough," said Tina Reno. "It's going to be a tough day tomorrow, long day."

Reno said shoveling at night will help her get out of the door faster, so that she doesn't feel rushed and can drive slowly.

An important tip to keep in mind for everyone.

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