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Officials Prepare For Winter Weather Emergencies

Representatives of local road, utility and emergency management teams gathered Monday at the Public Works Salt Dome on west Chestnut Expressway to discuss winter weather preparations for Springfield. KSMU’s Katie Easley was there and has this report.

Reporter: “I’m sitting in the driver’s seat of one of MODOT'S new Tandem dump trucks. This winter with the tow plow hooked up it will be able to cover two lanes of highway.”

“We want people to get into the mind set that when it starts to snow you have to change the way you drive. We’ll be out there plowing and trying to keep the streets and highways drivable but there will still be plenty of snow and ice on the pavement so you have to slow down and take it easy when you are driving under those conditions,” says Bob Edwards, spokesman for Springfield’s Missouri Department of Transportation.

Edwards says Springfield’s emergency management teams are working together to prepare for this upcoming winter.

Representatives from Springfield Public Works, the Greene County Highway Department, City Utilities of Springfield, and the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency were also at the event.

For KSMU News, I’m Katie Easley.