A spot check on some communities in our area shows that most are ready for the next two winter storms in the forecast.
Newswatch 16 traveled to Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties to see how places there are preparing.
Kline Township near McAdoo has 17 miles of roadways for which it’s responsible. Plows were busy touching up some areas. Now, they’re getting ready for two additional storms heading our way.
“We have enough salt to take care of those two storms and if we do get low, we do have the rest of February and March left so I can see us ordering one more truck load of salt,” said Kline Township supervisor Carmen Cara Kline.
McAdoo officials say it may not look like it but they are running a little low on salt. The community in Schuylkill County has placed an order for salt. McAdoo street department crews say they have enough for the first storm. They hope the salt arrives before next week’s predicted snowstorm.
“It looks like we have enough to get through the storm tomorrow and if we don’t get it on Friday, we’ll do what we have to, maybe put down anti-skid instead of the salt,” said McAdoo DPW worker Michael Bowman.
In Luzerne County, Hazleton crews use salt and cinders as ammunition against the storm’s effects on 140 miles of city roads. The material and the overtime to spread the stuff have a price, too.
“I am sure it’s going to put a strain on the city’s budget. I don’t know the particulars of it but I am sure it’s going to be a strain,” said Hazleton DPW worker Sal Scatton.
Officials in Banks Township, Carbon County blame budget woes for running out of salt. Two trucks loaded with anti-skid are all they have in the Tresckow area.
“If we can find some money should the winter prolong itself, as you well know into April here in Pennsylvania.”
Everyone we talked to agrees: they hope the forecasts for two more snow storms are wrong.