New River Valley localities prepare for weekend snowstorm

New River Valley News

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — As a significant winter storm approaches, localities across Southwest Virginia, including the New River Valley, are making sure they are prepared.

“We’ve checked all of our communication towers and backup generators for those communication towers to make sure they are up and running. Make sure our fuel stations are good to go,” said Brad Wright, Pulaski Emergency Management Coordinator.

Brad Wright says they are also making sure anyone who is homeless will be safe.

“I’ve worked with the department of social services to make sure we are ready to open up warming centers and/or shelters, if need be, and making sure we have staffing for that,” said Wright.

He adds they are also touching base with the National Weather Service and the National Guard in case things get bad.

When it comes to staffing, Wright says the Pulaski Fire Department is making sure they have enough people on board for the storm.

Over in Christiansburg, Director of Public Works Jim Lancianese says the town is making sure salt trucks are geared up.

“We restocked our salt from the previous two events, and we have got that under control. We have about 1,020 tons on hand,” said Lancianese.

For the more rural areas of Christiansburg, Lancianese says they are treating those neighborhoods just the same as any event.

“We outfitted a lot of our heavy equipment that we have purchased over the years that helped us prepare for these large-type snows and getting those difficult areas,” said Lancianese.

Both Lancianese and Wright say, if at all possible, you should stay home. However, if you do have to go out, keep an eye out for snowplows and stay at least 100 feet away from them.

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