Road crews and airport ready for next winter blast - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/28/09

Road crews and airport ready for next winter blast

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Drivers are still sliding over icy spots from last week's storm as another storm is moving into the area. Mother Nature blanketed the South Plains with snow and ice last Thursday.

The storm took many by surprise and the intensity caused problems for road crews. "What hampered some of our efforts was wind and blowing snow and drifts and the wind was blowing so fast which was creating some problems for crews," says Dianah Ascencio with TxDOT.

Crews used nearly 100 cubic yards of magnesium chloride on Lubbock County roads in the last four days which has depleted stock piles. TxDOT Maintenance Supervisor Shi Dotson says crews have enough to make it through the next storm which they spent the day preparing for. "We worked really hard to get our trucks repaired. They really took a beating," he adds.

As for the icy spots under overpasses, crews say it is going to take warmer temperatures for all of the ice to disappear. The City Street Department says it's received numerous calls about slick streets. They say they are working to treat them.

And roadways aren't the only way folks will be traveling around; they will also be flying the friendly skies - hopefully.

Last Thursday at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, an iced over runway forced holiday flights to be canceled. "We use chemicals to fight snow and ice and we have dedicated snow plows for runway and taxiway ice and snow removal. We only have three, we have limited personnel, because really we don't get that much bad weather here," said James Loomis, LPSIA Aviation Director.

Loomis says Mother Nature always wins, and that the airport has crews ready 24 hours a day to handle the weather.

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