DPW has 17K tons of salt on reserve to battle winter weather

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The first snow of the season was enough to call the city of Indianapolis road crews into action.

Friday night, 24 drivers were placed on stand-by.

The Department of Public Works was out in full force early Saturday morning. The number of drivers needed bumped to 90. As the snow dropped, they hit the streets to plow and treat them with salt.

“We have 17,000 tons of salt on reserve. We prepared for this for months and welcome snow with open arms,” said DPW spokesperson Jennifer Hashem said,

Many Hoosiers were not looking forward to Old Man Winter’s arrival.

“I was not ready for this today. I like it when it’s 70 degrees outside,” said Danielle Talbert.

In 2014, the first snow fell on Nov. 21. The average first snow in Indianapolis falls on Nov. 19.

Ready or not, winter is here.

DPW says they will continue to monitor weather patterns. They also caution all drivers to pay extra attention when getting behind the wheel.

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