No, I’m not kidding, and neither are they.
Oklahoma City street crews are preparing for heavy snow.
Now before you think we’re all crazy, let me tell you — it’s practice.
The Streets Mainenance Division of the Public Works Department will have a practice session on Oct. 6. Crews will operate snow plows and familiarize themselves with snow routes.
The practice, which will be that morning on the south side near Will Rogers World Airport, also will give the news media a chance to see these people in action BEFORE a winter “event” occurs.
Streets Superintendent Mike DeGiacomo knows the importance of having his people undergo such training. Every action and detail learned now could be a dollar — or a life — saved later.
While Oklahoma City doesn’t experience the number of snow events each year that some other major cities do, there’s always the possibility that a strong winter storm will hit. At least two such storms in the past three years have caused major problems, not only here but in many areas of the state.
Motorists are quick to complain about city, county and state efforts to remove snow when these events occur. But officials point out the large number of miles of roadway that have to be maintained versus the number of available workers to do so, as well as weather conditions that quickly re-cover areas the crews have uncovered.
Public safety is a key concern, whether it be the motoring public or residents stranded in their homes.
So is it a good idea to practice snow removal when the weather is still on the warm side? You bet. And a “thanks” to all involved.
Learn more about Oklahoma’s weather and how to prepare for it by going to http://knowit.newsok.com/severe-weather-oklahoma on NewsOK.