The rumble of diesel engines and the shrill beeping of front-end loaders backing up filled the NCDOT maintenance yard in Elizabeth City on Monday as crews went to work getting ready for a second snow storm in as many weeks. Road crews spent most of the day mixing up and laying down a brine mixture designed to help keep ice from freezing to the road.
Despite all the preparation, Division One Assistant Maintenance Engineer Win Bridgers didn't mince words on Monday afternoon when talking about the snow forecast."We don't usually get snow of that nature at the beach. just a few times in a lifetime", Bridgers sas
Bridgers said his office has shifted extra equipment down to the Outer Banks and other parts of Dare County in anticipation for up to ten inches of snow there. He also said his division should have enough salt to get through the storm but has ordered more just in case.
During last week's storm, 179 workers operated 69 trucks and 18 motograders to help clear the roads.
Meanwhile, in downtown Elizabeth City, Emergency Management Director Christy Saunders spent Monday making phone calls and doing what she could to prepare for the snow. "There's not a whole lot you can do to prepare for snow, especially if you're gonna get eight inches," Saunders said.
Saunders' biggest concern is a loss of power, that would leave people in the dark and the cold. She said families should prepare for the coming snow storm the same way they would as a hurricane.
Check your generator, she said, and make sure you have plenty of blankets, canned goods and bottled water in the house.
Saunders also advised residents to stay up to date on the forecast and other developments throughout the storm.
"That's all you can do," she said. "Just make sure everybody is up to date on what's going on so they can take care of themselves."