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January 3, 2014

Crews prep for storm; residents stock up on essentials

TERRE HAUTE — With another snow storm and subzero temperatures threatening to move through the Wabash Valley in the next few days, people took advantage of a sunny Friday to prepare for the extreme winter weather.

Some Terre Haute residents stocked up on essentials.

At Locust Street Cost +10%’s parking lot on Friday, Stacey Carl and her sister, Tabitha, loaded  their car with the items from their shopping trip to prepare for the predicted weather event.

“We’re prepared for it,” Stacey said.

“We have three little ones at home,” she added. “We want to make sure we have everything we need.”

They bought essentials such as milk, bread and meats, Stacy said.

“Better safe than sorry,” Tabitha said.

Because another storm just moved through the area this week, they already have other winter essentials, such as shovel and salt, at home.

And the sisters may not be the only people who stocked up on salt in preparation for the last storm. An employee said the store was out of salt.

Also inside Locust Street Cost +10% (formerly Locust Street IGA), another family also bought necessities.

Terre Haute resident Francisco Aguilar pushed a cart containing bread, milk, potatoes and other food items. He was accompanied by his grandmother, Beulah Christenberry.

Christenberry said they are preparing for the storm and the cold weather that will follow by getting “the things we use most,” which included the staple foods they just purchased.

“And canned goods, in case we lose power,” she added.

And they lose power “quite often” in their north-east side residence, she said.   

But they are prepared.

“And we have plenty of blankets and candles,” Christenberry said, as well as flashlights and lanterns.

And road crews were getting ready, too.

“Right now, we’re making sure all the roads are safe from this last storm,” Vigo County Highway Department Superintendent Dan Bennett said Friday.

“We’re finishing that up,” then the trucks will be checked “to get them ready to go for the week,” he added.

Also Friday, the county crews spent “quite a bit of the day” pushing back the snow to make room for the new ones to be plowed this weekend.

“When it starts snowing, we’ll come out with a full crew,” Bennett said. They plan to put “material” (mixture of salt and sand) out when it starts.

“We’ll try to stay ahead,” he said.

Expecting to use up all the salt during the upcoming weather event, Bennett said he ordered 1,000 tons of salt to replenish the supply.

The department operates about 16 plow trucks.

And when the extreme cold temperatures arrive on Monday, which meteorologists are saying will be the coldest air the area has had in 20 years,  the work will continue.

In below zero temperatures, if there are any spots that “iced up, we’ll have to treat that with liquid calcium,” Bennett said.

The department will also be staffed 24 hours until the storm is over, he said.

Tribune-Star Reporter Dianne Frances D. Powell can be reached at 812-231-4299 or dianne.powell@tribstar.com.

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