Duluth Crews Prep For Winter Blast

By KBJR Manager

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 11:47 AM CDT

Preparations for this big blizzard are well under way throughout the area.

From police to fire to public works, crews spent Thursday getting ready for what's expected to be a whopper of a storm.

Dan Hanger reports, part of the preparations involve you.

Duluth city officials don't want a repeat of the blizzard of March 2007.

"We had abandoned cars all over the downtown, which made it more difficult for crews to do their jobs."

Their message: Stay home... stay safe... stay off the streets.

"In the interest of safety and in the interest of getting streets clear as soon as possible, we are asking people to get where they are going before it starts to snow and stay there until it stops."

Stay indoors where it's safe. Wait it out."

Duluth firefighters have tire chains on standby.

They won't let this monster of a storm get in the way of emergencies.

"As everyone knows, the streets in Duluth are very steep, and you get a lot of snow... we need all the traction we can get."

Duluth Police officers will be ditching their squad cars for 4-wheel drives if conditions get brutal.

"If you're disabled and can't move your vehicle, you have to do everything you can to one...remove your vehicle yourself, or let us know so we can get a tow truck or something in there to get it out of the way."

Public works crews have their plan of action. Their plows will hit the main streets first. Side streets last. But white-out conditions may be a problem.

"We did have to pull plows off the streets for a time last march because the drivers could not see where they were going."

A vision of Spring that has sprung up a bit of an attitude, you could say.

In Duluth, Dan Hanger, The Northland's NewsCenter.

If there are people stranded the city and the Red Cross are ready to open the DECC for shelter, with cots and blankets.