County leaders prepare for expected snowstorm, warn residents to stay off roads

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says county employees are prepared and that more than 200 vehicles are fueled up and ready to treat the roads.

News 12 Staff

Jan 30, 2021, 10:19 PM

Updated 1,270 days ago

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Nassau and Suffolk leaders are taking action to prepare ahead of the expected storm.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says county employees are prepared and that more than 200 vehicles are fueled up and ready to treat the roads. He says one silver lining is that the pandemic will make plowing a lot easier.
"That actually winds up being a positive thing when you are talking about storm response. If people can work from home and stay home, keeps cars off the roadway, and that makes it much easier for plow operators to get the job done," Bellone says.
Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci says the town has its salt spreaders and plows ready to go.
"Stay off the streets and park in your driveway or garage if possible, to allow highway storm prep operations to properly treat our roads," he says.
In Nassau County, there are more than 1,500 county lanes miles to be treated.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says, "We are expecting driving conditions to become more hazardous, we are asking you stay off the roads for our crews and for other crews, and also for your own safety."
PSEG officials say they're taking preparations seriously, where the cold temperatures and windy conditions could present a challenge with downed trees and powerlines.
The utility had been criticized for their response to tropical storm Isaias in August. They say since then, they took steps to improve service.
PSEG officials also say they're going to have 1,200 crews available to assist with the storm, including 300 from out of state, as far away as Florida.


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