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Lynchburg Public Works and VDOT Preparing for Winter Storm


Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg City officials have a plan in place for the looming snow storm, and several backup plans if things get a little out of hand.

With help from the Emergency Services Department and VDOT, Public Works is making sure the expected big snow won't be a big problem.

Public Works trucks are all lined up, with no snow to plow yet.

"So far we have all of our trucks prepared. We're preparing for both a spreader and plow operation," said Gaynelle Hart, Director of Public Works.

Hart says their operations won't begin until roads get wet. That's when the salt will go down. VDOT on the other hand has already started pretreating roads with brine.

"Crews have been performing brining operations on major roadways, the major primary routes and secondary routes throughout the district," said Paula Jones, Communications Manager for the VDOT Lynchburg District.

For now, though, all both agencies can do is play the waiting game and prepare for the worst.

"Every storm we have to treat the same way. Whether it's the two inch snow storm or it's the one that doesn't materialize, we still have to mobilize and we still have to be prepared in the same manner," said Jones.

"Everybody's just sort of monitoring and kind of getting their supplies together and getting ready for whatever may happen. And then once you're in the middle of the incident you may, if things change, have to make those decisions pretty quickly," said Melissa Foster, Deputy Director of Lynchburg Emergency Services.

The Emergency Services Department is on standby as well, coordinating with others to make sure the city doesn't come to a standstill in the snow. With a fleet of 40 trucks and crews working 24 hours a day until roads are cleared, Hart says Public Works will have it covered.

"We're looking forward to trying to tackle this snow. We'll have our challenges, we'll have our breakdowns and problems. But, I think we're all looking forward to it and hope to do a really good job," said Hart.

The Emergency Services Department says it actually needs your help as well. During snow storms we're told 911 dispatchers are overwhelmed with calls about road conditions or power outages.

If you need information like that during the storm, you're asked to call either 511 or your power provider (Dominion or AEP).

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