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City of Santa Fe prepares for another winter storm

Joy Wang
December 31, 2018 06:51 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. - Love it or not, northern New Mexico residents are expected to see more snow as they ring in the new year.

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“I'm seeing nine inches something like that it's a pretty big storm,” said Regina Wheeler with the Santa Fe Public Works Department.

But is the city ready? Turns out the city has been  buying materials since June, and there's a new $200,000 plow in the works too.

“24/7 six crews. One deployed in each section of town we have the town divided up into five different sections and one plow with materials stays in each section and then there's a hot spot plow that goes wherever they need extra help,” explained Wheeler.

The city says crews haven't really had any time off since Christmas and that's why they didn't have a night shift last night so crews could start working today 24/7 all over again to deal with the third storm in just a few days.

“With these really cold temperatures that the ice doesn't melt even when we put the ice melt on it,” said Wheeler. “It takes it has to go to 20 degrees. So keep travel to a minimum tomorrow so we'll be plowing the roads but the ice could still persist in places.”

So be careful. Be patient, and know the public works department is on it.

“We have the priority roads that we work on first and that’s for schools and for emergency access,” said Wheeler. “But everyone wants every road plowed immediately and it just takes a little bit of time.”

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