Road Crews Brace For Winter Storm

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As an early blast of winter moves in, the state Transportation Department salt depot in the town of Pamelia is busy. 

Don't think these are last minute preparations - state road crews start getting ready for winter in early fall.

"The facilities are all staffed, the trucks have all been dressed, they're all fueled and loaded up, ready to go," said Mike Flick, DOT spokesman.

When it comes to winter storms, the DOT keeps an eye on the forecast.

But there's no substitute for the DOT's own eyes and ears.

"The maintenance supervisors are out checking the highways to see if we've got icy patches or any kind of blowing and drifting conditions and if they encounter them, they will be addressed," said Flick.

The highway crews will do their part, but if you take to the highway during a snowstorm, your safety is up to you.

Make sure your vehicle is up to snuff for winter and pack emergency supplies lie a blanket, water, energy food and a candle.

Yes, that's right, a candle.

"A candle will give you both light and heat and God forbid you're in a snowbank, that might just save your life," said Joe Rusin, owner of G Wizz Auto in Watertown.

Of course many storms don't turn out to be as bad as they sound.

"Let's hope we don't get that much snow," said Rusin.

The DOT has a website with up-to-date information on road conditions around the state.

Friday, September 19, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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