OKLAHOMA CITY – City crews are keeping their eyes on the roads and other icy dangers over the next few days.
It’s a team effort from multiple city agencies to prepare for the worst as temperatures plunge below freezing.
In just hours these roads could be covered in ice, but the street salt is already mixed ground and loaded into the trucks.
The city crews are ready to go.
Oklahoma City Streets Supervisor Randy Moulder says, “Since there is a chance of freezing precipitation especially during the rush hour in the morning we will pretreat the bridges and make sure they’re as passable as possible during this.”
They have hundreds of workers on standby. The same goes for state highways and interchanges.
Oklahoma’s Department of Transportation’s Mills Gotcher says, “The guys know that when these events occur that they’re going to be called on and they’re ready to go and prepared mentally.”
EMSA’s Tony McCarty says that little bit of ice could contribute to one of their most popular calls during an ice storm.
“The rivers and creeks get that little bit of a layer of ice,” says McCarty.” Then kids think ‘Oh I can go play on the ice’ and end up falling through.”
From accumulation on roads and rivers to power lines, OG&E is on high alert as well.
OG&E’s Kathleen O’Shea says, “We are asking our crews as they come in to work tonight to pack a bag, you may be staying for a while.”
With warmer temperatures only a few days behind us it’s hard to take all of this seriously but all four agencies are urging everyone to be prepared.
“Give yourself plenty of time,” says Moulder. “The biggest thing is to be prepared and to realize beautiful today, nasty tomorrow.”
Give yourself plenty of time to get to work in the morning and allow at least 100 ft. between your vehicle and a salt truck while they work.
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