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Crews inspect equipment, prepare for snow

By Megan Gorey
Published On: Nov 09 2012 04:50:09 PM CST
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KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

Although Friday was a warm and sunny day, one local city spent it getting ready for snow.

The Kingsport Public Works department's streets and sanitation division held their annual snow removal equipment inspection.

They checked the salt spreaders, snowplows and lights on 27 units to make sure they're ready for winter.

Manager Ronnie Hammonds tells us crews have to be prepared for anything Mother Nature brings this season.  "Last winter [snowfall] was below normal, it wasn't that harsh. But two winters before that was above normal. So it's hard to tell, but we're expecting an average winter," he said.

Crews have recently built a new salt storage unit that holds 1,800 tons of salt. The old unit holds an additional 1,300 tons. Combined, the city has 3,100 tons of salt ready for this winter. Hammonds said last year they only used 110 tons total.