Clayton preps for snowfall

sgilman@newsobserver.comJanuary 28, 2014 

From left, town employees Ronnie Watson, Victor Sims and Rusty Clawson attach a plow to a truck.

SAMANTHA GILMAN — sgilman@newsobserver.com

Though it doesn’t snow often in Clayton, the town is prepared to keep its roughly 80 miles of streets as clear as possible.

Before snow begins falling, the town’s street crew lays down brine, a mixture of salt and water prepared by the N.C. Department of Transportation facility near Smithfield. The crew then attaches snowplows to town trucks.

“Any truck they have that they can put a plow onto, they’ll put a plow onto it,” said Stacy Beard, the town’s public information officer.

In advance of Tuesday’s snowfall, workers finished putting brine on the streets around 4 p.m. and began attaching the snow plows to trucks.

A crew would be ready to plow until 7 p.m., and another crew would come in and continue to drive plows until 7 a.m. the next morning, when fresh workers would take over for them.

Before they plow, workers watch a 45-minute safety video “to get back in the groove,” said Rusty Clawson, street-maintenance supervisor.

Light snow began falling just after 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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