By: Erika Stanish / KDKA-TV
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Residents across the region headed out Saturday to buy groceries and salt ahead of the blizzard.
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Kuhn Market in the city’s Banksville section was packed with shoppers, some describing it as a “zoo”.
“People are looking for the same things: bread and milk,” said Alex Jordan, a Brookline resident.
Some shoppers told KDKA-TV that lines were longer than usual for checkout, even at fast food outlets.
“It was a nice 25 minutes,” said Carol Bell, resident of Beechview. “Everybody heard the snow in Pittsburgh and everyone ran outside… like we were going to live at home for a month now.”
Snowstorms can be the biggest snow events of the year. While residents prepare, so do the public works crews.
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“We will have at least 30 trucks on the roads, and we will adjust them accordingly based on the storm,” said Allegheny County Public Works Manager Stephen Shanley.
Shanley said the crew will be out 24/7 until the storm is over. He added that it is an advantage when the storm makes landfall on a holiday.
“During the period from Sunday to Monday, we think it’s an advantage for us that our driver can handle the roads without getting stuck in traffic. We think it’s a plus for us to be able to handle the roads faster and more efficiently,” said Shanley.
He said traffic during last week’s storm delayed faster clearing crews in Allegheny County.
“It hit at rush hour. So our trucks can’t stay on their tracks as efficiently as they usually do,” said Shanley.
Allegheny County Public Works says it has 8,000 tons of salt and 3,000 tons of liquid calcium chloride.
“It took our truck drivers about two and a half hours to complete their route and fill it with fresh salt. So there can be a build-up and we want everyone to be careful out in the street,” said Shanley. “We encourage everyone to stay home if you can. But if not, please drive appropriately for the road and weather conditions and leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front. ”
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