Pulaski County businesses and public works prep for incoming winter storm

New River Valley News

PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The calm before the storm swept over Pulaski County, with blue skies and calm winds.

Warden and crew member prep generator for the county’s garage

At the county’s garage in Dublin, where many county vehicles are outfitted with snow plows and salt dispensers, County Facilities Manager Bill Warden prepares for what’s to come.

“If it’s ice, it’ll probably be one of the bigger storms,” Warden said. “If it’s snow, then it’s a mediocre snow.”

The ice part says a lot coming from a man whose been working for Pulaski County for over 30 years.

Today, Warden and his team made sure essential county buildings were equipped to maintain power throughout the storm.

“If the weather is bad, schools aren’t going to be open, so that won’t be an issue,” Warden said. “Snowville Fire Department, on the other hand, has a backup generator, and they’re ready if they need to house people or anything else.”

In downtown Pulaski, business owners prepare for the ice.

Several owners we spoke with say they salt their portion of the sidewalk and perhaps a few street parking spots, while the town maintains the roads.

Few businesses have generators if the power does go out.

One of those businesses is Wings, Tails, and Fins (WTF), a pet store at the corner of Main Street and Lee Highway.

Burkhart holding a rare hairless Guinea pig

“What we will usually do whenever we get the generator is that we will connect mostly the fish tanks and then the reptiles… we’ll condense them into smaller containers,” said WTF co-owner, Julie Burkhart.

Burkhart said she will also find a home, typically from her customer base, with power that could temporarily take in the animals that are sensitive to the temperature.

“That’s definitely one of the main reasons why we decided to stay in Pulaski is because of our customer base,” Burkhart said. “I view this as a community, an animal community.”

She and other business owners say if power is on and roads are permitting, they’ll be open for their customers.

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