Moberly Snow Crews Prepared for Winter Storm

3 years 9 months 1 week ago Saturday, March 01 2014 Mar 1, 2014 Saturday, March 01, 2014 12:49:00 PM CST March 01, 2014 in News
By: Taylor Barth, KOMU 8 Reporter
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MOBERLY - With a winter storm expected to hit mid-Missouri Saturday night, city of Moberly officials say they're ready to handle the bulk of snow. KOMU 8 Weathercaster Kenton Gewecke said Randolph County is forecasted to receive between eight to 12 inches of snow, which is one of the highest predictions in mid-Missouri.

Director of Public Works Tom Sanders said the city is prepared for whatever comes its way.

"We've got our guys all aware of it and we have our trucks all inside, and all of them loaded up with fuel, salt and materials ready to go," Sanders said. "So I think we'll be, you know, as good as we can do."

Instead of pre-treating roads, the city uses an additive in the salt and sand mix. Sanders said a crew of about ten people will begin working after one to two inches of snow is accumulated.

"Just get started early so we can start getting things cleared back and try to push back to the curb if we have room, and just keeping working," he said. "That's all you can do."

Sanders said salt supply was an issue for Moberly after the last snow, but the city was able to stock up before this storm hits.

"We were not able to get any, so we were limiting our salt usage on curves, hills and intersections to make sure we got through the winter," he said. "Luckily, we were able to get a couple loads in here just recently so I think we'll be alright to finish out the year."

Sanders advises residents not to park cars on the side of roads or in the way of snow routes so plows can get through.

"It just causes the most problems for us," he said. "People are upset with us about plowing snow around their cars, and it can't be helped when they're on those snow routes and down in the cul-de-sac it's very difficult to maneuver."

KOMU 8 Weathercaster Kenton Gewecke said snow is expected to begin between 9 p.m. and midnight and continue throughout the day on Sunday.

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