As we brace for the big storm, it's important to be prepared.
At the Sioux Falls Street Department, preparations are well under way.
You can see trucks lining up to fill with salt as tomorrow's rain could cause some very slick roads this weekend...even before the possibility of a blizzard. They're prepping their employees, equipment and supplies....and will be ready for the worst case scenario.
"If it's bad enough to close down streets in Sioux Falls, the interstate is going to be closed down too." Members of Sioux Falls' Street Department came up with a plan of action for the storm. Galynn Huber with the Streets Department has scheduled more than 100 additional employees over the weekend. "If we never have to use it this storm, at least we were ready in case we do, if something should come up."
It's the same reason many people, like Vicky Burcham, are stocking up. "I intend to stop at the grocery store on the way home and get some maybe meat and chicken, other than that, I have potatoes and this and that I know I'll have on hand."
After a lifetime in South Dakota, these Sioux Falls residents...like Darrell Schildhauer, have seen their fair share of blizzards. "I sure have, I can remember when the streets were just tunnels." That experience has taught them to take a storm like this one seriously. "I didn't realize how dangerous it was when I was younger, I used to take off across the country, not properly dressed, I've gotten a lot wiser over the years."
That means preparing for the worst. "You just have to stop and think what would I need if there were no electricity."
And avoiding the roads whenever possible. "If we get a storm that is really bad, at my age, I just stay in."
Not a bad idea for anyone, as white out conditions could shut down roads throughout the city. "That's potentially going to cause some issues as far as trying to keep streets open and whether people should actually be traveling out there."
Even if the storm does get bad enough to shut down roads this weekend, these street crews will still be out making sure fire trucks and ambulances can still make it through the streets in the case of an emergency.
We'll keep you updated on road conditions throughout the weekend.
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