DPWs and residents prepare ahead for the oncoming nor’easter

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A ravaging nor’easter sweeping through our area means snow, and lots of it.

According to the New York State Department of Transportation, over 1,500 state plows will be out in full force throughout the state, sanding and plowing. Trucks were already being filled with salt at the State D.O.T. facility in Horseheads.

In Chemung County, Department of Public Works Commissioner Andy Avery said the county will have 14 plows on stand by. Road crews are scheduled to start work at 4 in the morning.

During the last snow storm, there was a salt shortage. Avery said they have sufficient amounts of salt this time and that the warm weather played a role.

While state and county D.O.T trucks were getting ready with salt, shoppers at the Elmira Wegman’s were getting ready with some of their own. There was rock salt and ice melt on the shelves. People were also getting bread, milk and other food items, just to name a few.

for Kevin Green and his family, they were also preparing .They got milk, bread and also a cake.

“My mom’s birthday was on the 27th, but she was in Panama,” He said. “So we’re going to celebrate her birthday tomorrow night.”

If school is closed, he said he may still be outdoors.

“If it’s not too cold out, my friend has a pond we can go play hockey on, pond hockey,” Green said. “If it’s really cold out, I guess just hang out at my house, watch some movies.”

New York will provide emergency and hazard alerts and updates on its toll-free notification hotline, 1(888) 697-6972. 

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