Battling winter blasts becomes team effort

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indy Snow Force was prepared to respond to winter weather expected Monday thanks in part to a team effort between Indianapolis entities.

A new shipment of salt arrived just in time, the city’s Department of Public Works (DPW) said.

Around 3,500 tons of salt were shipped frozen via railway from Philadelphia. Due to its immediate need, Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) joined forces with DPW to help thaw product needed on the roads.

The power company helped prepare around 1,400 tons for Monday’s use.

City officials said the partnered response was one example of how communities across central Indiana have worked to overcome a challenging winter.

“Safety is my department’s number one priority and being able to work with IPL during unique weather conditions is the benefit of strong community partnerships,” DPW Director Lori Miser said. “The entire Midwest is faced with the challenges presented by this historic winter and DPW will continue to do everything we can to overcome them.”

With the latest shipment, the city of Indianapolis has spent more than $4.2 million on salt.

DPW said it activated Indy Snow Force late Sunday night so all 90 drivers were standing by when the forecasted winter weather arrived. Roads were pretreated through the weekend in anticipation of freezing rain and snow, officials said.

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