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Preparing plows for snow


by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) Monday is all about preparation at the Iowa Department of Transportation garage in Waterloo. Snow plow drivers fueled up, checked and changed blades in preparation for the snow Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We have 31 snow plows and generally we have that many people on the road during peak hours," said Brian D. Miller.

Miller said peak hours are from 5 to 8 a.m. and again from 5 to 8 p.m.

"This storm is expected to be a long one. We'll start when the snow starts and won't stop until all the roads are clear," said Miller.

Miller said very rarely will plows ever leave the road, even during bad conditions. But the Iowa State Patrol has the authority to declare a tow ban if roads are bad enough.

"That tow ban is not there to inconvenience people, it's there to keep people safe because if we have a number of vehicles in the ditch and we're trying to pull them out that puts us, that puts the tow services and the average citizen at a greater risk and we don't want that," said Trooper Mark Sigwarth.

Trooper Sigwarth said people should only drive if absolutely necessary.

If you do decide to travel and run into trouble, he said you'll need to be patient.

"If we're tied up or we don't have personnel or it's not safe for us to go, you're going to be sitting a long time so that's a judgement call you need to make do we really need to go out in this weather," said Sigwarth.

If you have to drive, have a full tank of gas and take a charged cell phone with you.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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