Hoosiers, plow crews ready to handle first measurable snowfall

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The first measurable snowfall has everyone from plow crews to homeowners getting prepared.

It was business as usual at Cardwell Do it Best Hardware on the city’s south side Sunday. Customers were looking for the right tools to handle the wintry weather.

“It’s the same thing every single year,” said employee Collin Murat. “(Customers) all act unprepared. They’re just running crazy trying to get salt, shovels, insulation.”

Action by the cash register was steady just like the flakes that were falling as the sun began to set across Central Indiana.

It wasn’t sticking or coming down like a blizzard in the afternoon, but city crews aren’t horsing around.

“We have 90 trucks on the roads now that are plowing and salting as the snow continues to fall and they’ll continue to do that throughout the night,” said Scott Manning, spokesman for DPW.

It’s an effort that started at 11:00 p.m. Saturday, well before the first flakes hit the grounds.

Roads were pre-treated leading up to Sunday evening. The city has 18,700 tons of salt with another 30,000 tons that’s been ordered.

Besides roads, DPW has been treating and clearing trails like the Monon, as well as walking paths and parking lots. That effort won’t stop until Mother Nature does first.

“We think the heaviest snow will be done by 6:00 a.m., but if it continues, we have another crew of 90 drivers that’ll start at 11:00 a.m. Monday and continue through 11:00 p.m. Monday if need be,” Manning added.

Back at the hardware store, keeping the shelves stocked in case that snow piles higher than expected is the main concern.

“These shovels will probably be gone in a couple days easily just because it’s the weekend,” Murat said looking at the display. “The first couple days of snow, everyone floods in and then it starts to slow down from there.”

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