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Salisbury preparing for winter storm

The city of Salisbury is preparing for the potential aftermath of the winter weather moving through the area tonight.

Salisbury Fire Chief Bob Parnell said the city has eight snow plows and a motor grader ready to go.

He said crews will be working through the night and will start spreading salt tonight in high-risk areas like bridges. Beginning tomorrow morning around 5 a.m. they will continue spreading salt and sand.

Freezing rain is expected late tonight through early Tuesday.

The city has 200 tons of sand, 50 tons of salt and 20 tons of a sand-salt mix. It also has 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel in reserve for its generators and emergency vehicles.

If the city’s snow removal plan is put into operation, Parnell said, the primary routes will be to and from the hospital.

He said If someone has a waterline that bursts at their home or business and they can’t get it to shut off, they can call the city at 704-202-0070 and city workers can come and shut it off at the street connection.

He said the city’s transit service hasn’t made any decisions yet about changes to service and will continue to monitor the situation.

Contact Reporter David Purtell at 704-797-4264.

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