Snow Plows Ready for Action

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

The city of Charlottesville is prepared for whatever Mother Nature delivers this afternoon.

In fact, they have been planning for this storm since Thursday.

The first few flakes started falling around 7:15am this morning and that put into motion the city's plan for snow removal.

“Once the snow starts to fall you are going to see a lot of folks in here monitoring the situation and see what we have to do for the rest of the day,” said Charlottesville’s interim Communications Director Ric Barrick

From inside the command center public works, fire and police work together to ensure the roads are cleared and safe for drivers.

“We've got cameras throughout the city and we can monitor road conditions and stay in touch with our 24 plow truck operators to make sure they are going to the most needed roads before we go to residential streets later today,” said Barrick.

Thanks to AVL, a technology something like GPS, officials can sit at a desk, call up a map, locate every truck in the fleet and know whether its plow blades are up or down.

“We work on two shifts an “A” crew and “B” crew and its just continual until the snow stops and certainly till all roads are clear and the icing is controlled,” said Barrick.

Forty workers were on standby, reviewing their routes, and making sure their equipment is ready to go.

With 10 square miles to plow, all are ready to jump into action when they are needed.

The city also wants to remind people they have 12 hours after the snow stops falling to clear walkways or they could be fined.

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